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How can we stop her from doing that and go back to be the good dog she once was? We are taking her out all the time, there are people with her all the time. She has access to the yard, but she does it inside. Obviously it is a protest, what can I do to save my house?
By Sybille Betancourt from Houston, TX
People can be with a dog all day long, but is the dog getting personal attention time? It's jealous of the pup taking over her domain; she's been the only one and now it's different. She doesn't approve. To curtail the jealousy, see that your older dog gets lavish attention poured on her so she doesn't feel she's been pushed to the bottom of the totem pole.
Thanks so much for your answers. I do think she is acting out of jelousy and I have been given her more attention, like ultra more, and gone on walks only us two, seems to be what she needed, the last couple of days she has been doing better. It also probably wasn't good that at the same time we got Maxi we had to put her on a diet as she is 4 lbs overweight, and of course now she is not getting table scraps, and all the treats she used to get, and probably she thinks is because of him. Her whole world has changed, but this weekend I will make sure she gets tons of attention and retrain her without leaving the puppy out of the attention he needs. The diapers did not work, she just was in heat and she peed in her diaper every single time.
I watched an episode on dog whisperer and he said that when bringing in a new dog or puppy to the house that for the first day only give the older dog the attention and minimal attention to the new dog. I know it sounds hard to do but it's what would happen in a pack of dogs and makes it easier on the older dog.
I have two male dogs and they are house trained. A week ago I got a female dog. Now my boys are peeing in my house. Why?
Well, since it started after you introduced the female dog it seems this is the cause and so you can rule out any health related problem.
You do not give the ages of the male dogs or the new female dog and sometimes even this difference can affect the behavior of the dogs and make them feel their territory is being threatened.
Here is a link to an excellent article on this subject.
We have a 7 month old female Frenchie Pug mix (neutered) who was mostly house-trained. 3 weeks ago we adopted an 8 year old diabetic Pug female. They get along pretty well, but fight over toys (and me) a bit. The puppy has started peeing all over the house 2-3 times a week, usually when we are in another room - she sneaks out to do it.
I don't know how to stop this behavior.
She is jealous and wants attention. I would crate her. She will get the idea very quickly that if she wants free run of the house, she will have to do her business outside.
Crate her. As soon as you find where she has gone, take her to the spot and then scold and crate.
this is definitely territorial behaviour. You just have to demonstrate that you are 'top dog' by providing firm discipline and curbing all other territorial behaviours, also provide lots of exercise.
It's still early in the new home environment, but the pup should be taken outdoors more frequently than the older dog who can hold its water longer and if the pup goes to the water bowl more often which you might want to zero in on. That might be a part of the problem as to urinating in the house. When a pup plays hard, it's natural to get thirsty afterward. Also, you could try washable doggie diapers on the young one while indoors. I would also take the pup outdoors with the older dog to go potty and the pup will learn from the senior dog. My young dog would sniff out the place where the older dog went and it became a habit for it to go in the same area. It is spending time retraining the pup's mind and it shouldn't take long before outdoors is the place to go when duty calls.
I agree this is an alpha dog struggle and will clear up with time. I think there are things you can do in the meantime. Make places for each of them to have their food and water bowls that keep them separate. If you can do that with the beds as well, great. Separate but equal is what we are going for. When you come home, greet both dogs at the same time and with the same level of intensity. Continue whatever training you were working on for the puppy. Remember scolding and correcting needs to be done in the 1st 10 seconds after the infraction. Coming back later to scold confuses and frightens the dog.