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Dog Peeing Inside After New Dog Arrived?

My 5 year old female Maltese, that was previously house trained, has started to soil all over the house. We think it is because we got a male Maltese puppy at Christmas. We thought it would be good for her as she was very motherly with her toys and has never had a litter, but apparently she doesn't like him.
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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

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February 23, 20111 found this helpful
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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.
It does take time and patience for the new kid on the block to be accepted; eventually it will. But jealousy is in a lot of dogs and I'd find ways to help stop the jealousy which is a form of insecurity.

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February 25, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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February 26, 20110 found this helpful
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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. Then after a day or two of this give both of them equal attention. We did this with our new chihuahua and it worked like a charm. Everyone accepted him and we have harmony in the house. :)

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September 4, 2020

I have a male dog, Mario, who is 16 months old. I did not get him fixed until he was 15 months old. I also have a female dog that I have had for 15 yrs. He was 60% potty trained prior to getting him fixed. My boyfriend has now moved in with his 2 dogs, A 9 yr old German Shepherd and a 13 yr old Chihuahua. Now my dog is acting out and has peed on the bed 2 days in a row. He is pooping in the house a lot more as well. What can I do? He has always slept in the bed with me. Now it is me, my dog Mario, my bf, and his 13 yr old Chihuahua.

Any advice will be soooo appreciated!!!

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September 4, 20200 found this helpful
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Normally you have a dog house trained by the time they are around 3 to 4 months old. There are some dogs that take a bit longer and normally by 6 months, this should no longer be a problem. You sound like you have your hands full right now with dogs and your younger dog is acting out and making it well know that this is his home and they are invading his space. He is angry that you are allowing the other dog to sleep on the bed at night and this is the reason he is peeing on your bed to try and stop the other dog sleeping there. If this one continues you will need to keep your door closed at all times and restrict the dog from going into your room. If he is pooping in the home then this is a major issue and you may need to get him a crate to stay in during the day. If you can't get him house trained and he continues to act out like this one then maybe it is time to get a trainer in to help you out. I would suggest that you watch him so closely and keep him close to you at all times when you are home. if he moves or tries to go off to hide then you need to get him outside and take him for a walk or put him in the yard if you have one. If you are working during the day maybe you can keep him in the bathroom if you have tile floors during the day when you are not home. This will stop him from pooping so much in the house because a dog hates to go to the bathroom where they sleep.

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September 5, 20200 found this helpful
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Sounds like a doggie mad house.
I do not know how much room you have in your house but it is easy to understand why your young pup could feel overwhelmed with all the changes to his environment.
Do you have large yard where all the dogs have their potty space?
Mario may not even know where he should 'go' now that so many are using the same space.
Does Mario still get the same amount of attention he was getting before all the changes took place? He probably will continue to have this type of problem unless he can be somewhat isolated so he feels like he has a 'safe' place to hide.

All that I can suggest is to try and watch him (no scolding please) and take him outside more often. Are you treating him the same way as before when you let him out to potty? Do you stay outside a few minutes with him or just open the door? Try to treat him the same as you did before the changes.

Most likely, the new dogs have the run of the house (and bed) so where does that leave Mario when the house and bed used to be his? I'm just trying to explain why this could happen.

Be sure that all soiled areas are cleaned with an enzyme cleaner because other cleaners will leave a smell that dogs and cats can smell and it will make them think that spot is okay as its been used before.

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September 9, 20200 found this helpful
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It is very common for dogs to act up and regress in potty training when there are changes. Your pup has been through several--getting fixed, new people, new dogs, new sleeping arrangements.

Dogs like routine and stability so it is very important to take these new normals and create new and positive bathroom regimes with him. Always reward him for good behavior--going outside, and literally ignore bad. If you yell at him for bad behavior he only sees attention and not that it is negative. Ignore the bad stuff and reinforce with food or toys or both, the good.

With the other new dogs in the house, it may pay you to do a one time meeting with a dog whisperer (yes, they exist--we had one of the best when we adopted our boy dog when our (now late) girl dog was 11 and she was used to being an only child.

The whisperer will look at the dogs acting toward each other and the humans and will help you focus on the good behaviors and reactions and teach out (train out with rewards) the bad. It works!

Prayers and blessings!! Post back with updates!

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January 8, 2020

I'm hoping for some advice. My 11 year old Westie has started peeing in the house. We have a new male puppy who is 7 months old, but my Westie only started to wee since the new pup was 5 months old. Both dogs are male and haven't been castrated. The pup is house trained.


Any advice would be great.
Thank you.

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January 10, 20200 found this helpful
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This is very common in older dogs that have been the only member of a houssehold for so long. The dog feels like he needs to mark his territory to let the new member know he is the boss. You older dog is not yet castrated and it might be a good time to consider this. The dog is no longer breeding so there is no need to not castrate him now. Maybe this will help. Another reason this happens is the new male is getting older and the other dog senses this. The dog smell can change when he become of breeding age.

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January 13, 20200 found this helpful
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I recommend getting both dogs castrated. It helps a bit. You might want to try some extra attention for the older dog too.

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January 14, 20200 found this helpful
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I hope this problem has resolved. If not, please have the vet test the 11 yr old for a bladder/urinary tract infection or for kidney/bladder stones.

Changes in pee habits can be "marking" from stress but more often than not they are caused by an underlying health issue.

If the pup gets a clean bill of health and the vet determines that it could be a behavioral issue, he/she can make suggestions for you.

Sometimes a quick refresher crate training works, as sometimes dogs revert or regress from training when they are stressed.

Post back with an update. If you are not planning to breed the puppy, I suggest getting him fixed. It is helpful to prevent marking tendencies when he gets older and can help reduce the chances of the developing a number of different cancers.

The older pup may be too old to have this be of any benefit for him (being neutered). The vet can tell you if that would even be a valid option. I am thinking NO, but I am not a vet.

Post back with an update!!

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June 12, 2017

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?


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June 15, 20170 found this helpful
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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.
I assume the two male dogs have been spayed(?) but has the female been neutered? If not, this is another trigger to upset your males (even spayed males). Is the new dog a "cutie" and is getting most of the attention the males usually get? Could be another trigger. Has the male dog's time outside been adjusted or changed? Another trigger.
I think you can see there are probably things/changes that have happened that could set them off and cause them to do things they have not been doing.
I believe one of the first things a trainer will say is "Do not scold or punish the dogs" and second would be to try and return the household schedule back to the way it was before and make changes gradually. They do also recommend keeping the dogs apart for several days (when possible).
Thoroughly cleaning the urine affected area is of tremendous importance as the dogs "smell" is better than ours will ever be. A quote from a trainer: "Scent elimination. It is important to remove the scent of previous urine marks with a good enzymatic cleaner. Camouflaging the odor with another scent is not effective. An enzymatic cleaner can help neutralize the scent to prevent recurrences of the behavior."

Here is a link to an excellent article on this subject.

www.vetstreet.com/canine-urine-marking-indoors

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May 4, 2018

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.

I have tried giving her tons of attention, and minimizing the attention the poor new dog gets, but she is a very strong-willed little girl. I think they are both trying to establish themselves as alpha, but it is still not resolved - help!

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May 4, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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May 4, 20180 found this helpful

Crate her. As soon as you find where she has gone, take her to the spot and then scold and crate.

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May 6, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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My older dog used to be able to sleep through the night. But since getting a pup a month ago he can no longer hold it throughout the night. He is now at the point where he will wake up before the puppy to go out. If I don't open up for him he will pee in my room.

I find it difficult to train my pup to hold it when my older dog is not setting the example. He doesn't pee in the house during the day. It's just getting him to sleep through the night again.

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October 14, 2018

I have 4 dogs, all of them rescued from the streets. All of them have access to the garden at any time to go and pee or poop outside. We take them for a walk without fail every day for at least 30 minutes.

One of the dogs have been with us for 3 months. All the dogs are fixed. According to the vet this dog is less than 1 year old, however he was very good on going outside to pee and everything as the rest of the dogs. He has been peeing inside the house for a week now. I went into the garden to see if something was wrong. He comes out with me and he seems to be fine. He even pees sometimes while I am in the garden. He has peed while I am upstairs and yesterday he did it in front of my dad and I without any hesitation.

Again, he has full access to the garden, he gets walks, I just came into the garden and he peed and poop without any problems. After a few minutes he came back to start licking his poop (I don't know why) and I said "No" and he stopped it.

There haven't been changes in the house recently. The last change occurred more than a month ago when we adopted the 4th dog and he seemed to be fine with the garden.

I really really need help. I am desperate.

When he peed in front of us inside the house yesterday I spanked him and yelled at him - he seemed very scared. The other times when I have seen the pee, as it was not "on real time" I just said "no", cleaned it and continued with our day. I have tried to find info about how to correct a dog when you do not catch them in real time and I haven't been able to find anything - I am watching every single episode of the Dog Whisper. I don't know what else I can do :(

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October 14, 20181 found this helpful

Dont spank him or yell at him. Take him to a vet to see if there is a urinary tract infection or other physical issue.

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My 4 year old Goldendoodle is peeing in the house, all of a sudden. He is peeing in the same spot and it has happened three days in a row. He is acting and eating normally. The only change that has occurred is that we recently watched a friend's lab.

The dog has been gone for a few days, but I'm not sure if that had any correlation to my dog peeing in the house suddenly. Any insight or help with this situation would be greatly appreciated :)

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