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Sudden Bedwetting - 2yr old Female TT

mizzlittle
January 3rd, 2005, 10:52 AM
My gorgeous female TT (the cainine top dog) has taken to wetting her bed on a regular basis for what seems no apparrent reason - though I'm certain there must be one - anyone got any suggestions about why this is happening, how I should deal with it and more importantly how to stop it??? I do have other pets - another male TT who is also 2yrs and a female Maltese who is just turned 1yr.

There has been no major upsets or changes in my house/family situation and this started a few weeks before Christmas. I have bought them new beds in the hope that it would stop but unfortunately it has continued.

She pees in her bed and then proceeds to push one of the others out of their bed and sleep there... while the other poor soul has to sleep on the floor...

It took us this long to find out who was doing the bed wetting as before I changed beds she had been wetting the maltese's bed too... this seems to have stopped but not in her own one. When we try and take her out of the other bed she turned and beared her teeth and snapped at my dad, and hurt him... I have been told that if this continues I will either have to find a new home for the dogs or move out and take them with me!!!!

My family are at their wits end with her - we thought we were past the housetraining stage... if anyone can shed any light on this I would be more than grateful.

Tanya
(Ceide, Holly and Taz)

badger
January 3rd, 2005, 11:24 AM
Have you had her checked for a urinary infection or other health problems?

Carina
January 3rd, 2005, 11:40 AM
Urinary tract infections are not uncommon, and very easy to treat. You will need to take a sample of urine, if possible, to your vet. Generally a quick course of antibiotics is all it takes.
As to her nasty attitude with biting family members....sounds like she needs some canine boot camp! Google "NILIF" (nothing in life is free) to get some ideas.
If there's no medical reason for her bedwetting (I'm betting she does have a UTI though) crating her wouldn't be a bad place to start.

Schwinn
January 3rd, 2005, 11:41 AM
I would definitely have her checked by the vet for health problems. And unless she is in pain, I would be concerned about the issue of her baring her teeth, as well.

BMDLuver
January 3rd, 2005, 11:41 AM
Dog needs to see a vet, may need antibiotics, could be medical issues.

Lucky Rescue
January 3rd, 2005, 11:41 AM
If she only wets while she is sleeping and she is spayed, she may very well have spay incontinence. This is normally treated with a course of hormones.

AS for snapping when you try and get her off the bed - if you back off you are reinforcing this behavior. You need to get her leash and put it on and guide her off the bed while using the "OFF" command.

After her physical problems are taken care of I strongly suggest you start using the Alpha Boot Camp (http://www.sonic.net/~cdlcruz/GPCC/library/alpha.htm) method on her. It's not her fault if she has been allowed to feel she's in charge.

mizzlittle
January 8th, 2005, 05:44 AM
Vet said that there is no physical reason for her to be wetting... this is very worrying. Why would she do this? Is she unhappy? Is there something upsetting her? WHY? and how can I help it stop and get her back to being normal

bluntman
January 8th, 2005, 07:00 AM
If there is no medical or physical reason for the bedwetting, then it must be a psychological problem. This is not that uncommon, people tend to treat there dogs has humane babies, love,love and more love. This can lead to behavoiral problems in the dog. Your dog is probably thinks it is Alpha, and is posessive of the sleeping quarters,by peeing on them she is in her mind, claiming them. You allso need to treat all your dogs the same way, the same boundries and limitations, must apply to all. The hardest part of rehabilitating yourself, and the dogs is knowing when to show love and attention and when not too. If you show love and attention when the dog is nervous or doing something undesirable, You are reinforceing that behavoir. Take a look at the sugestions of Carina and Luckyrescue, hopfully you will see what is happening from the dogs point of veiw. You need to portray yourself as the Apha dog, this will take some of the stress away from TT and the rest of YOUR pack. Once you are astablished as the pack leader, your dog's will be much happier, and so will you.