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September 27, 2018

I have a 9 year old Boxer. He's potty trained, but lately he's going in the house even when he has been outside to go potty. Please help.

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September 27, 20180 found this helpful
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I having had dogs from birth to 17 1/2 years old, I always recommend any changes in bladder habits to call the vet first! Our boy now gets UTIs frequently and our vet is so good she lets us bring a sample when this happens and not him (developing a good relationship with you vet is so important!).

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Hopefully he will get a clean bill of health and then the vet can talk to you about maybe doing a little retraining with the crate or if it is age incontinence, the vet may talk to you about medications or diapers.

We used diapers on our girlie from age 15 1/2 to 17 1/2 and she was fine with them. They improved her quality of live tremendously! She was a tiny thing and wore a human baby 1 size. Human diapers are much cheaper, better at wicking away moisture from the pup, and don't leak. Doggie diapers are horrible.

If you have friends with babies...see if they can give you a sample diaper to try (I am thinking a toddler size for a boxer.)

There are reusable diapers on sites like Chewy and I am all for protecting the environment, so maybe you can have better luck with these for a bigger dog....for a little gal,they did not work.

Prayers for the pup!!

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March 1, 2016

My grandson who was born 5-1-2016 and his mum live with me. My dog has never peed in the house before, yet for 2 weeks now, she keeps peeing on her bedding.

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Just a few days ago, she peed on my daughter's bed. I don't know what to do.

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March 26, 20161 found this helpful
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First of all, dogs never do anything out of revenge! They don't even understand the concept. They do get stressed with new people, especially children, and don't know how to handle that stress.
Second, rubbing their nose in it will do nothing. Dogs don't even mind getting pee or poo on themselves. They roll in poo. Besides they have no idea why you are doing this. It means nothing to them.

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Lastly, "spanking" (hitting) a dog only stresses them out more which causes more bad behavior. They will not trust you if you hit them! And they have no idea why you're doing it. They don't understand it at all.

Please don't take bad advice! Dogs get stressed with babies, with too many people in the house, with noise, with strong scents like stinky diapers and with chaos. You have a nervous dog.

Walk your dog more frequently to burn off energy. Make sure there is a place your dog can go to get peace and quiet. Don't let the baby grab the dog's toys and things. Don't let the dog take the baby's toys and things. Keep the floors clean and the laundry done. Use a diaper genie. Insist on order.
Your dog will get used to it.

This is not, I repeat, NOT your dog's fault.

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I have an 11 year old male neutered Lab and a 3 year old spayed Staff. Both are very much house broken. I have recently had a friend's dog to visit overnight a few times who is an unspayed female Staff and since then my female has taken to peeing on my rug. Only my rug, but I don't know why.

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She doesn't do it when the friend's dog is here, but a couple of days later. I have no idea why or how to stop this behaviour. She also hasn't stopped peeing on pavement and will only pee on grass or fake grass or my fluffy rug it seems.

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May 10, 20180 found this helpful
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You may have to go back to crate training her, or else make a point of training her to not do it.

The thing to do would be to catch her in the act, and with a firm but gentle voice startle her out of it (such as by saying NO!) and then quickly take her to where you want her to pee.

When she successfully completes the pee, give her praise and a treat.

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March 3, 2015

My dog, Yogi, is 3 yrs old. He has been with me since he was 1 and a half. Although we bring him outdoors 3 times a day, he is still peeing in the house randomly. Please help with some possible solutions, as I fear my hubby is getting fed up with his actions and I'm afraid he wants to give him up for adoption. I would hate to see this happen.

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By Alicia

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March 3, 20150 found this helpful
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There can be many reasons why Yogi has trouble keeping his urination needs to your schedule. He may have a medical problem that results in his inability to hold his urine. Take your dog to your vet to rule out any medical issues. You vet can also help you with suggestions to help you help Yogi. If possible, you might consider a "doggie door" to allow Yogi to go outside when he needs to pee.

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October 11, 2017

My 10 month old Shih Tzu, Molly, was spayed 2 weeks ago. She has been clean and asks to go out goes out normally, but for the past few days she has been peeing on the spare bed where my granddaughter stays. This is very unusual for her. Can anyone tell me why she is doing this?

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful
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There could be a few reasons:

  • When a female dog is spayed the operation is painful to the dog. The vet normally has to remove her ovaries or her uterus. This can cause the dog great discomfort.
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  • My female dog was spayed at 16 months and for the first week she barely moved around much.
  • The second week she would go out and poop, but had a lot of accidents in the house peeing.
  • It took her about 3 weeks to feel like herself again and go outside and pee and poop normally.
  • Watch the dog and see if she is going to the bed and just standing there and peeing. If she is doing this it is an act of defiance because she is mad at you for hurting her.
  • If she is moving off the bed to go outside and pees this is because of the operation and should correct itself in a week or so. She is having issues holding her urine and her bladder just lets go. My female experienced this too, right after the operation. Her stomach hurt and the pressure of the urine hurt her and she just peed.
  • If you are worried about your dog you can always call the vet. i had two females spayed and this happened to both of them.
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February 15, 2010

I have a 3 year male dog and two females They are all house dogs. They are trained to go outside. The male is neutered, but he pees on everything in the house when we are not looking. He has ruined so much furniture. Please help me. I am tired of cleaning up his pee.

By JB from Cincinnati, OH

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February 18, 20100 found this helpful
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I have a female whom we adopted this past summer and the same problem. The best advice (that works) that I have gotten is: keep him on a leash attached to your belt at all times when in the house, ie: when you are doing stuff around the house. Do not let him wander, if you cannot keep him attached to you, then he goes in the kennel, or outside. If he does start to pee while on leash (mine hasn't), then you can immediately startle him, stopping the peeing, and take him to the appropriate 'pee spot', wait for him to pee, then reward with lavish praise. If he doesn't pee, back into the kennel, and then try again outside later at 1/2 hour increments.

As long as you are consistently walking your dog as well, this has worked for me. It is a pain sometimes, and I do feel bad kenneling her sometimes, but it is better than her 'marking' in my home! Good Luck, I feel your pain!! PS- Also, do your best to neutralize the urine smell around the house, although this is almost impossible where carpet (& padding) and upholstered furniture goes.

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April 15, 2014

My fiance and I have three dogs; a Boxer, and two Yorkies from different parents. Our oldest Yorkie's name is Lexi. The younger is Chloe. We got both of them when they were close to six weeks, Lexi is 1 1/2 years old and Chloe is almost 1. When we first got Lexi we house trained her, and then when we got Chloe we house trained her. Lexi was already trained when we got Chloe. Recently they have been making messes in the house at night when we are asleep. Is there a way to train them to wake me up at night if they need to go out?

Now they have been relieving themselves at other times of day when we are home. During the day when we are at work, they all stay outside. We are getting so frustrated and don't know what to do anymore. We discipline them by putting their nose by the spot and tapping them on the nose and saying "NO". Are we doing something wrong with this? Is there another way to discipline them that would be better?

By Brittany

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April 16, 20140 found this helpful
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The nose in the puddle training method has been pretty much debunked. If you do not catch a dog within 10 seconds and correct it, it does not have any idea what you are getting at. Check this website for ideas. It is a common problem. Good luck.

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April 10, 2013

I have a spayed 3 1/2 year old GSD who has never peed or pooped in the house. Recently, a female neighbor, who also has dogs and is a pet-sitter, has started coming over to the house. Twice now my GSD has folded her ears back and peed the floor in front of my neighbor. She doesn't do that with anyone else. What's going on?

By Richard F.

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November 7, 2013

Closeup of Tyson.I have a very smart, moody dog, named Tyson. My boyfriend and he had a a very strong bond. We had just moved in to a new house when my boyfriend of 3 years died. This was Tyson's longest lasting home. I got him when he was 1. It was his 3rd home and I want this to stay his forever home, he adds a part to our family that nothing can replace. Since my BF's death Tyson began peeing and pooping on my BF's stuff and only his stuff. I know that my baby is hurting, but I don't know what to do. Anyone else ever had this problem?

By Lacy D.

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April 14, 2013

I adopted a rescue dog last weekend. Her foster mom said that she didn't have any accidents while she had her, about 4 months. From what we can tell, she has had multiple litters of puppies. She had been the perfect dog up until yesterday when she started to pee in the house, even when we would bring her out often. She has also become a bit destructive while we are gone. We still love her, but are not sure why her behavior has changed so fast.

By Sue C.

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March 24, 2013

We adopted a 2 year old female hound/Pointer mix from a shelter 4 months ago. She has adjusted to our home beautifully except for chasing the cat (!) and about once every month, she pees in the house - a different place each time, but "always" on a carpet.

The frustrating part is that we work at home and so can take her out almost anytime she "asks" which ends up being about every 2-3 hours during the day. We always put her on a leash for a walk since our yard is not fenced. The fact that it isn't a constant problem makes me think it isn't a medical issue. I have tried to analyze the situations to figure out what's the common thread. In each case it seems to be situations when it may have been slightly over that 2 or 3 hour timeframe since her last walk.

Given her age (2 years, not a puppy) and the fact that clearly she can "hold it" for 10-12 hours at night, or for 5-6 hours when we are out of the house and she is in her crate - this has been frustrating! It almost seems as though it is spiteful, "if you can't take me out on my preferred schedule you will pay!"

Have we "spoiled" her by walking her on such a frequent schedule? - and if so, how do we get her to hold it for longer periods of time? My carpets/rugs can't take much more of this - and neither can my husband!

By E. A. H.

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January 24, 2013

Our German shepherd puppy is 10 months old and has been house trained for about 6 months! When we are at home at night in bed she is left in the hallway and kitchen and does not make any mess some times up to 8 hours at night. But if we leave her for an hour in the day on her own, we come back to wee and poo every where. When we first started to leave her she never made a mess. Any suggestions?

By Chyvonne j from Hailsham

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January 24, 2018

My dog is a Chi rescue. She came not trained at 10 months. I trained her to go via a dog door to backyard an urinate. Also before going in her crate at night she's been trained to urinate several times on command using a treat. She has been fine until 2 weeks ago when she has begun maybe every other day urinating on the rug.

I took her to the vet and she has no physical problems. Nothing in her environment has changed. I'm perplexed. When I'm not home she's kept in the family room. There are no carpets and it's where the doggie dog is located. She never has a problem in there. She goes out and I see her urinate then comes back in. When I might step out of the living room for a moment she's urinated. I use an enzyme cleaner. I've also used vinegar and sprayed the carpet. For over a year she did not do this; it has just started. What's going on?

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January 24, 20180 found this helpful
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She might have gotten scared of something when she was outside. You will probably have to go back to square one and repeat training.

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January 24, 2018

I've had my dog since she was 3 weeks old. She is house broken, but has peed in my room a couple times. She is now 1 going on 2. Any ideas why?

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January 24, 20180 found this helpful
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She could have a urinary tract infection

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I have two dogs at home, a Schnauzer and a mix Silky Terrier. Both are around 6 years old. And they roam freely in my house. There is a specially designated area for my dogs to pee and poop inside the house and they have been doing so all along, until half a year ago (or maybe longer). My Schnauzer started peeing on the floor near the designated area.

Then recently it got worse as he pees even in the living room, kitchen, and even at his sleeping area (basically every corner in the house is possible). Most of the time, he does that only when you are not looking. But I did catch him peeing with my own eyes before and that is when I sounded and showed that I'm upset.

I am told that you need to show your dog that you're upset only when you catch him peeing wrongly and not after the action is done and only evidence is left behind. However, apparently it still didn't work. I've even tried sounding at him after the pee is found and have been doing it consistently, but it isn't helping.

He does seem to know and feel guilty about it, yet he is still doing it. I really feel helpless about it. I am not sure why he's doing it and have no idea how to solve the problem. As mentioned, this has been going on for quite some time now. Sometimes it's as frequent as twice a day and sometimes there is 'peace' for one whole week. It's basically done very randomly. I would appreciate it if someone could enlighten me on this problem of mine. Thanks in advance! :)

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I am just after some advice as we are really at a loss as to what to do. We have 2 Yorkie dogs a male and a female they are both coming up to 2 years old, both are neutered. Our female is wetting everywhere in the house, mainly on her beds and fabric. She seems to have regressed loads from where she was with her house training.

When we got her at 8 weeks she was already house trained as she used to go outside in the garden with her mum and siblings. She obviously had some issues with wetting in the house as she was little, but overall she was really good. She even helped our Yorkie boy who we already had but is from a different litter to go outside. I did have to remove rugs as they would both wet on these, but we did use puppy pads. They go for walks and neither have a problem going outside whilst on walks. She was totally and fully house trained.

The problems started after we went on holiday for 2 weeks. We put them into kennels and ever since she has had problems which seem to be behavioural. They have a crate which is always left open and also a bed in our living room. They both share their beds, but both dogs began to really smell of wee and at first we just couldn't figure out what was happening. I suspected she was weeing in the crate it had, at the time, a fleece type padded bottom and I would regularly wash it, but it was difficult to tell as it totally absorbed everything. Anyhow after weeks of this I noticed that when I had been out and came back to the house she refused to go outside and would run to her bed or her crate. I caught her peeing in her crate, but properly just laying there doing it which she now does regularly. I put her outside and from then the fun has begun!

Our male doesn't wet anywhere apart from outside in the garden and he tells you when he wants to go out. I bought them 2 new beds that are waterproof, one for our living room and one for their crate. When put outside she will refuse to go, wait until she is inside and run to her bed and wet no matter how long she is in the garden for and she will bark excessively until you let her in causing our neighbours to complain. If she ever does wet outside she is praised loads. I have even opened the garden door and she will go to run outside. But she will then quickly jump on her living room bed and wee with the garden door wide open. She will jump onto curtains and try and wee on those. It's a total nightmare.

We have spoken to the vets and she has no urine infection or bladder problems and her wee doesn't smell or look infected at all. She will totally refuse to go outside when it's very cold, but will go outside and lay in the sun and sun bathe when it's sunny. She is a little diva haha! A cute one though! I have some anti-enzyme spray and clean their beds regularly and spray that and she also goes on 2 walks a day, but it's still not stopping. She will also wet on the floor when she gets excited at seeing someone so I am thinking could there be a bladder issue and we have just been fobbed off by the vets as it's the same vets that neutered her?

Saying that though she is able to hold it for a good few hours until we arrive home. We are just baffled. Luckily we have hard flooring so anything can be cleaned easily, but we also have kids and a baby on the way and it's not ideal hygiene wise. Out of the two dogs she is the most dominant and barks a lot, but at the same time very submissive towards people, yet also demanding of attention. If the male gets stroked and a fuss, she will jump in front of him every time and want attention. Yet she dominates the male dog and has him wrapped around her little paw. I am totally confused by her and want to get this issue sorted so she is a happier dog

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February 25, 2014

I have a 4yr old Border Terrier who has started peeing in the house at night. I put her back in her crate last night and she peed in there also.

By Pat W.

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February 26, 20140 found this helpful
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Sounds like a possible bladder infection or kidney problem. A Vet will be able to tell you.

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February 21, 2014

My dog has suddenly started peeing all over the house. Could this be due to the cat being in heat? He is not marking; it's a lot of pee. I had him checked by a vet; it is not medical.

By P L

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful
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I don't think it would be the cat. I think you need a 2nd opinion. Unless your dog is quite old I think this is a medical problem. Could be a bladder infection, and it could be diabetes (which is not hard to treat). Find a new Vet.

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December 6, 2011

Closeup of Cocker Spaniel lying down, head visible.I need some helpful tips and ideas on what to do with my dog! He's very attached to me and follows me everywhere. When I'm gone at work or just leave the house, he gets mad and pees on the corners of beds, couches, and on the floors. I live with my parents and sisters; this dog gets more attention and love than any other dog I have met.

When I'm not working I'm home and we go for car rides. I take him to Petsmart and play outside. Nothing I do is good enough for this dog and the peeing is getting worse, no matter how many times I let him out to use the bathroom. My family is sick of it and I don't wanna get rid of him. He's my baby, but if something doesn't change we're both going to be kicked out.

By Leslie

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

He needs professional dog training.

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July 13, 2011

Weimaraner type dog sitting in driver's seat in car.I have a 2 year old male dog that has started peeing in the house. I've talked very straight to him; he hides when I yell at him. I don't know what do. Please help.

By Janie S.

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

Try letting him out more often. He may be upset with you or another animal in the house?....etc. He may be marking his territory for multiple reasons.

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

He needs to be checked for a urinary infection.

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

When you correct him, be sure you correct him in a normal tone of voice. If you shout he is frightened and will not get the message. You need to verbally correct him within 10 seconds of the offense, or he will not connect it to what has happened, and again he will be frightened and/or confused, and will not get the message. Do check for a urinary tract infection; and be sure to clean and deoderize the accident (Natures Miracle enzymatic cleaner) Check to see what has changed that may be upsetting him (new dog next door, new baby, new boyfriend etc) If it can be changed, change it. Otherwise make sure he gets lots of your attention and more exercise, and plenty of trips outside. Good luck!

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

If your dog is not neutered and not a valid reason that he is not, have him neutered. I also agree with the other people that have responded to your concern.

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

From what I've read dogs "live in the here and now", and yelling, especially after the accident's discovered is counter productive because they don't know why we're yelling. I agree with the others, rule out a physical problem, an emotional problem, and then I would begin house breaking all over again. Supervised trips outside and lots of praise when he does the appropriate job. P.S. He's beautiful!

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August 23, 2019

So we recently moved, and my 4 year old who has been potty trained for some time is now going to the bathroom in the house. I literally took her outside, watched her pee, and as soon as we came inside she peed again. What is going on?

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April 28, 2017

I have a Dachshund male who has been neutered. He is house broken, but tonight he peed on our new couch and next to my son's bed just 40 min after my husband took him out. What should I do to correct his behavior? I am working on finding a trainer, but didn't have time before the move. He had a consultation and they said he is insecure and and afraid which is why he barks at people and doesn't like bigger breeds. But I won't be able to get a trainer for at least a month so I need some advice on what to do on my own. I am going to take him to vet to see if he has a health issue, but his peeing in the house isn't consistent. I think something upset him, but I need to get to bottom of it asap.

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March 8, 2017

We have two 3 year old Cocker Spaniels who are both fully house trained. We have a doggy door and the dogs are free to come and go as they need and want to.

A couple of months ago one or both of them started weeing inside at night time, while we are asleep. We can't think of any changes, they both sleep with us and always have, so we know it's not a separation issue as they are with us when they go to do it. Although on Sunday, I was out early in the morning while my husband was still in bed, I got home to find 5 wees inside - he said that they had been howling.

I have started taking them out to the back grass every night and at regular times to get them into that habit and reward them when they do the toilet. I have also limited their water at night. Last night I took them out at 8.30 and again at 9.30; at 6.30 am I came downstairs to 3 wees inside.

It's too hard to catch them in the act and correct them because we are asleep. I don't believe it's a medical issue, as they don't do it during the day when we are home or at work.

I have no idea what to do or how to break the habit, other than limiting their water at night, taking them out to wee and spraying the areas with spray that's supposed to stop marking. The thing is that it's more than marking, it's not small amounts.

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