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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.
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. 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!
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.
Terrible advice. Do not scold and then crate. Never use the crate as punishment or more problems will unfold.
No no no, absolutely not. That will teach the dog to fear you.
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 :(
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.
Please don't spank the pup. That always makes it worse. Please consider taking him to the vet for a check. Any time a pup in my world has pee issues, if it isn't old age..not your issue...it is a UTI or other bladder/kidney issue.
If the pup gets a clean bill of health, then you may need to talk to tell vet about crate training. It is easy but requires consistency.
Prayers for you and your pup. Post back to let me know what the vet says
Thank you for your response. Yes, I won't spank him again. I am just trying to figure out how you have to correct a behavior when the action already happened... not only for this, but for example when they chew something... If you have any advice to share, they will be highly appreciate it.
This afternoon I am taking him to the vet. Hopefully everything is fine.
Thank you! Will let you know. I am taking him this afternoon to the Vet, so hopefully we can know if it is related to his health.
Meanwhile I will avoid to spank him. I have been trying to watch as many episodes as possible from the Dog Whisperer to get advice about to correct something that happened while you were not there - such as chewing stuff or peeing or any other behavior you need / want to avoid... so if you have some advises, they will be very appreciate.
Will keep you posted! thanks for your comment!
Look for patterns that may give a clue as to why he feels the need to pee in the house. You may need to adjust his schedule or gout out with him alone for awhile. Use lots of praise when he does it right. There is really no way I know of to correct them after the fact. He may just need some retraining, and there are many ways to do that. As to chewing, make sure he has chew toys he likes and will use. You can try Bitter Apple (from the pet store).