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Bad Dash!

October 7th, 2011, 01:53 PM
Hi all :)

This summer I was fortunately able to take a few months off between school and work and I was able to spend lots of time with Dash. I love being with him and not having to leave him home. However, we are not discovering a new problem. Dash is potty trained fully now and always does his business outside. But since Kyle and I both started school again, he is having trouble with it. He always seems to urinante on the carpet now. We can be gone for 6 hours, or only 1. And we of course take him out before we leave. I found that the pees are very tiny and I am wondering if this is just an anger/anxiety related issuse? Perhaps he's upset that we're leaving. The pees are so small that sometimes I think he doesn't have to go he just does cause he's pissed haha.

Any similar stories? He's always been great with this and we now have carpet everywhere so I'm worried its going to start staining! Any ideas on how to stop this? I get very angry with him every time he does it but it doesn't seem to be registering!

But how can you stay mad at this face?!

October 7th, 2011, 02:39 PM
Nice to have you back! he is so cute!!!

I am wondering if he could be marking? you have another new dog right? or maybe there is a urinary issue?

Love the picture!! :thumbs up

October 7th, 2011, 03:18 PM
Thanks Winston!

No we do not have another dog and I thought that marking was only for un-neutered dogs? I just want it to stop! haha

October 7th, 2011, 03:56 PM
It could be a UTI, too. Typically, a dog with a UTI will pee more frequently but less volume each time. Has he had a recent uninalysis?

Dash is sure a cutie!

October 19th, 2011, 12:10 PM
What a cutie pie!
You might just need to reinstate crate training. Sometimes when there are shifts in routine they kinda forget their training.

It wouldn't hurt to have the vet check him to make sure it's not a medical issue.

October 20th, 2011, 01:36 AM
Dogs don't do stuff in anger. That emotion is reserved for us stupid humans and often if we use it towards our dogs it just scares them and makes them cautious of our strange behaviour. If you get angry every time you come home and see a pee mark then that will just make your pup not trust you and begin to fear your return which then perpetuates the stress of being left alone. The dog is also not going to associate something it did while you were away with your reaction when you get home. You might think the are acting like the "know better" but they are really just reacting to you being angry.

I would definately have a vet check to see if there are any medical issues.

I would also go back to how you did potty training. Restrict his freedom and confine him to either a crate or a baby gated area when you are not home. Give him some yummy chew things when you leave so he associates it with good stuff. I stuff kongs with some frozen dog food or peanut butter etc and then freeze them so they take a long time to consume. You want to prevent this from becoming a habit so limiting the opportunity for the behaviour is your best tool. Peeing could be seperation anxiety or he might also pee if something scares him when you are not around. Is the peeing in the same sort of area? Could he be hearing something outside that scares him? Some dogs can't handle having freedom of a whole home because the feel they must protect it and that just stresses them out.