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Help me train my dog to stop peeing in the house

November 29th, 2004, 02:11 AM
My dog is 4 years old and is really good about not peeing in the house except in my bedroom. I usually let my dog sleep with me and for the last 3 months i have found out that he is hiking and peeing on the corner of my dresser. I do not understand why he is peeing in my floor and hiking on my bedroom furniture. I always take him out before bed and usually again around 2:00 in the morning, so I know it's not that he can't hold it or that he's not going outside often enough. Please help me with this problem.

November 29th, 2004, 07:33 AM
No one can help you but yourself but we can offer suggestions and ideas. :)

Have you taken him to a vet to rule out a medical problem?

Have there been new changes in his/your environment that he might be upset with? (Urinating in an out of the way place is often a way to let you know he is unhappy or to alert you of a medical problem.)

It is tough for us to come up with other recommedations until we know the most recent history.

November 29th, 2004, 08:08 AM
Couple things....

Is your dog neutered? If not, this would help. You really need to clean the area well so the dog doesn't find the scent at all. Natures Miracles is a wonderful cleaner for urine.

Put something up around that corner, like a pillow or something and he may be deterred. The scent may be in the wood, which may also be a problem.

I don't feel this is a training issue, but a marking territory problem.

Good luck!
Heather and her 3 Golden Girls

November 29th, 2004, 09:36 AM
Unless you go to bed really really early, it's strange to me that you have to take him out at 2:00 a.m., especially since he's four years old. My dog is less than a year, and he always makes it through the night... Have you asked your vet to check him out for bladder problems, etc.?

December 1st, 2004, 09:45 PM
I want to thank everyone for their suggestions I really do appreciate all the advice and I will see a vet limmediatly to make sure there is no bladder problems that I am unaware of.

December 2nd, 2004, 09:46 AM
Unless there is a medical problem, a 4-yr old dog should not be making mistakes in the night. But since he has shown he can't be trusted right now then you need to treat him like an un-housebroken puppy again, until he can prove himself.
Take his water away at about 7 pm and give him lots of chances to pee just before you go to bed. I would either tether him to my wrist on a 2-3 foot leash (if he is sleeping in bed with you) or on the same short leash to the bed. Just long enough for him to stand up, turn around and lay down again - but not so long that he can go pee somewhere and then return to a dry, warm bed. Crating him (in the bedroom) would be another alternative to the tether.
If he wakes up and seems frantic to potty then you can take him out (make it very business like - its no time for play or loving), but if he just seems a little uncomfortable, try to tell him to lay down and go to sleep again. It might be that this has just become a new habit in the night and he needs to be told that he is to sleep through the night and not get up.
Then get up in a timely manner in the morning and let him out to releive himself.
Some good exercise before bed should help aswell - he will sleep more deeply if he is tired.

December 18th, 2005, 09:15 PM
I have a 6yr old Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, he started wanting to go out in the middle of the night, now he is peeing in the house, mostly when I leave him alone when going out. It is not for a long time or anything 1hr to 3hrs. he is now peeing on the christmas tree(fake) and some other decorations. I just do not know what to do. He means way to much to me to get rid of him, I have had him all his life so this is not an option. I am dealing with it as best I can but it is starting to bother me.
If anyone has any suggestions, I would be greatful.

Lucky Rescue
December 18th, 2005, 09:34 PM
ANY sudden change in behavior - eating habits, temperament, or toilet habits - must be checked by a vet.

If your dog is 6 years old and just started doing this, you need to take him to the vet for a urinalysis and check.

He could have a urinary tract infection, or even bladder or kidney stones.

So - vet asap!

December 18th, 2005, 09:55 PM
Hey Griffen, when you go to the vets to rule out health related problems, make sure you take note of what the spots smell like before you go. I know that sounds absolutely vile, however it was key in getting my vet to test for certain urinary anomalies in my Pointer (in our case, it didn't smell like much at all, more like I spilled water). LR is spot on, dogs don't just change bathroom behaviours for kicks, so please let us know how you make out at the vet :)

November 17th, 2007, 07:22 PM

My Great Dane is 2 years old and I've never been able to break him of the habit of peeing while I put on his leash.

Also, he's recently started peeing while eating his food. He'll take a break from his meal, go three feet, pee and then go back to eating.

What is your input?

Thanks in advance.

November 23rd, 2007, 06:15 PM
I thought everyone liked a good mid meal pee

November 23rd, 2007, 06:17 PM
My dog is 4 years old and is really good about not peeing in the house except in my bedroom. I usually let my dog sleep with me and for the last 3 months i have found out that he is hiking and peeing on the corner of my dresser. I do not understand why he is peeing in my floor and hiking on my bedroom furniture. I always take him out before bed and usually again around 2:00 in the morning, so I know it's not that he can't hold it or that he's not going outside often enough. Please help me with this problem.

Have you had any changes in your life? new job, boyfriend/girlfriend ect. I have always found my dogs always react to changes in my life, even if they do not obviously effect them.

November 25th, 2007, 10:52 AM
I find it funny to hear that your dogs are peeing in a corner somewhere at at night and when gone for 1hr half or when eating. You should deal w/my dog who is the champing pee-er at home. When i get home from work or out for 3 hrs he will pee in every on my chair, table what ever corner and the worst...on my bed and pillow. I walk him 2 - 3 times a day and he has the liberty to go outside through the cat door whenever he wants. For my sanity, and to prevent him from being thown off a cliff I have put diapers on him before i leave for work and when away for a few hours. He is a 13 years old rescue dog and i've had him for 3 years, if i had him a year or two younger i would have had him fixed, I do think hormones play a big part in dogs behaviour.

January 22nd, 2008, 01:47 PM
My dog is 4 years old and is really good about not peeing in the house except in my bedroom. I usually let my dog sleep with me and for the last 3 months i have found out that he is hiking and peeing on the corner of my dresser. I do not understand why he is peeing in my floor and hiking on my bedroom furniture. I always take him out before bed and usually again around 2:00 in the morning, so I know it's not that he can't hold it or that he's not going outside often enough. Please help me with this problem.
I am having the same problem with my dog he is about one years old and I cant figure out why he pees around the house. I notices he sprays at my coffie tables, or the corner of my blanket ( near the floor). The side of my stove I even caught him about to spray my refrigerator and I was looking right at him. Im not sure what the problem is he goes out side to do his business but he does not pee like the other dogs he runs around the yard spraying at everything like he does the house. I see other dogs go outside and take a long pee, he does not do that I dont understand.:shrug::pray:

January 22nd, 2008, 05:21 PM
onegirl, is your dog neutered?

January 25th, 2008, 04:05 AM
Hi, I'm new here (been lurking a while but I think I can finally say something slightly intelligent) I have a Bull-Terrier who had the same problem i.e. peeing in the house. I discussed it with my vet and he said it could be the dog is marking territory, or suffering from low self-esteem i.e. his confidence has taken a battering, or simply that he couldn't get out when he wanted to go for a pee.

I'm glad to say it all seemed to be related to his habit of drinking gallons of water before he goes to sleep at night. I slowly weaned him off this habit and now he doesn't want to drink after 8 at night. I let him out to go have a pee at about 10, and he's back inside and ready for bed in 5 minutes flat. No more wet spots on the floor either:thumbs up.

Onegirl, it sounds to me like your dog is marking territory - I found an article that might give you a better insight - I won't hotlink you to it, but I'll leave the url so you can have a look.

Good luck

January 25th, 2008, 09:00 AM
Another drinking problem! :D Hobgoblin, our Cole also would drink just for the sake of drinking and have to go out frequently. After doing all the kidney/urinary tract/diabetes checks, our solution was the same--just cutting off his access to water once he's had a drink after dinner. :thumbs up I'd love to know what makes him want to gorge on water now and then... :shrug:

onegirlthe--it does sound like your dog is marking. If he's not neutered, now is the time to do it. It will help... Also, are you neutralizing the odor with a product specifically for that? A dog will continually lift his leg on any spot where he can smell residual urine odor--and their nose is so much more sensitive than a human nose that they can pick up fainter odors than you can smell. If he's marked your kitchen appliances (range, refrigerator, etc) make sure to pull it out and treat the floor underneath, as well.

January 26th, 2008, 05:42 AM
Yep. If he can smell pee somewhere he'll freshen it up as often as he can. Wash any spots you find thoroughly with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. The vinegar helps to break down the active ingredient in his urine. A big mistake lots of people make is to use ammonia, or an ammonia based product to clean up. As dog urine contains ammonia it's not going to discourage him - he'll still think it smells like pee!:D

January 27th, 2008, 04:51 PM
If I'm posting this on top of someone else's posting I'm sorry. I couldn't figure out how to create a new thread. :sorry:

Our 2 year old Daschaund/Jack Russel mix, Marley, has recently begun to pee in the house in one of our bedrooms. He doesn't do it anywhere else in the house, he doesn't poop anywhere in the house, he doesn't get into anything he shouldn't. This just recently started a few months ago after putting down our older dog who is the only other animal he's known. So now we have our cat that he's finally warming up to and my mom's little poodle who he gets along fine with. However, Abbi was a lab/shar pei/pit mix and they just loved each other so much. Marley would play with Abbi, the lab, like he was her size...and she was rough but gentle with him.

He is fully aware that he did something wrong even if you don't yell at him. Just him seeing that you walked by the spot where he did it clues you in.

We've washed all of the bedding and the carpet with a special enzyme cleaner for this purpose....but he did it again this morning. He has a doggie door which he uses all day long without a problem.

I hope I'm not going to regret naming him after the book, "Marley and Me!"

March 18th, 2008, 08:37 AM
Catch him in the act! :thumbs up DOGS LEARN QUICKLY FROM THIS! Close supervision is necessary. You must be dedicated to stop the marking behavior of your dog and you must be consistent. A couple of weeks or often much less time of intense supervision and correction can save you a lifetime of tearing your hair out trying to find a quick fix for the problem. Some people have reported that it has only taken a day or two using the intense supervision method.

September 7th, 2008, 04:21 PM
My Cresteds are very naughty when i am not home.
I work all day and have a station set up for them to go on, which they use, but they also use the carpet in one main area.......
I have washed the carpet it seems, hundreds of times. I have used all the various cleaners available from pet stores. I have poured vinegar directly into the carpet, I have also tried pouring baking soda on the vinegar and watched it bubble up, and of course then cleaning with the carpet cleaner. I have also tried adding bleach to the cleaner which worries me about their feet and lungs so only added about a tablespoon to the carpet cleaning machine. I have cleaned numerous times with regular Folex, Resolve and others. I then tried pouring ammonia into the carpet cleaner and even directly on the carpet....and then cleaning with the carpet cleaner. I have studied organic and inorganic chemistry and know to NEVER MIX AMMONIA WITH BLEACH OR YOU GET CYANIDE. I have tried rubbing Ben Gay into the carpet, (but made the fatal mistake of rubbing it on my back and now they like the smell) I have also tried Vic's Vapo rub. I cannot afford at this time to tear up the carpet. Any suggestions, besides the obvious like walking them which i do already.
Kind regards, Mother of 2 Naughty Cresteds, which i am not willing to part with.

I currently have a new plan, i sprayed Folex lightly on the offending areas. I sprinkled a generous amount of Borax and Baking Soda on the area and rubbed it in with a brush.. Now I will wait several hours before vacuuming out the powders. Please everyone wish me luck!

September 8th, 2008, 01:06 PM
Why not block off their access to the rooms you don't want them peeing in? If you can confine them to one room, such as the one with their potty area, or better yet let them hang out in a comfy crate, you won't have any messes to clean up anymore! I wouldn't let any of my dogs have free roam of the house unless I could trust them not to eliminate inside (except when they're sick of course, accidents happen...) Right now we have two free-roamers and one who get the tiled "playroom" with a crate and a paper/pee pad lined corner.

Oh, and with carpet cleaning. ONLY use an enzyme cleaner designed specifically to break down pet stain odours. Anything with amonia is the worst thing to use, it smells like pee and encourages repeat bad behaviour. Get a good pet cleaner like Nature's Miracle at any good pet store, follow the directions, and set some spatial limits for those naughties until they show you they know how to behave properly in the house.

September 9th, 2008, 01:05 PM
I will try Nature's Miracle again; making sure I follow directions carefully.
BTW I think the Ammonia made their problem worse.
I will have to add doors to one area to confine them, don't know why I did not do that b4! Can't believe what a dummy I have been.
Thanks for the advice!!

September 9th, 2008, 01:56 PM
baby gates work really well as room barriers for non-escape-artist dogs.:thumbs up

September 12th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Cresteds are very agile and can jump very high, mine also likes to climb, but i blocked off the kitchen with their bedded crate and another crate on top that Dude previously ate his way out of,,,,things seem to be going quite well! Thanks again for great advice!

September 13th, 2008, 12:52 PM
The kitchen blockade was working great for 2 nights, then I came home from work last night and found out that Dude jailbroke Euodia out of the kitchen and they both greeted me at the front door...
The good news is they did not pee in the living room or do any other naughty things that I could detect.
I don't know how he opened the door, but I should have named him Houdini Dog.
Will try again Monday when I have to work 14.5 hours, to help pay for his mri and spinal tap for brain problems. He is doing just great so that is the most important.

September 13th, 2008, 11:26 PM
Try plain white vinegar. It works.

September 30th, 2008, 10:52 AM
We are all Happy!
Dogs are happy staying in 1 room while I am at work. And no more peepee and odors! Using Nature's Miracle and Bendy recommended..
thanks everyone!

September 30th, 2008, 10:53 AM
Yay! Glad things are working (and smelling) better for you!:thumbs up

January 2nd, 2009, 08:58 PM
I have a Italian Greyhound that is only 6 months old. Unfortunately I can't break his bad habit of peeing in the house (wherever he likes). I have tried to block off rooms and even the kitchen (his favorite spot), constantly cleaning his pee spots along with his poo spots, take him out constantly and praise him when he potties outside, but nothing seems to work. His previous owner never took him outside and I fear that his habit of peeing and pooing constantly in the house will not improve. I have never owned a small dog before (always had Labs) and I need all the help I can get when it comes to potty training small dogs. Please if anyone has any kind of advice for me I will gladly put it into motion ASAP!!!

January 22nd, 2009, 03:15 PM
Hello,i took a 1 year old male kanis-grifon.the first day he pee all over my house.I cleaned everything up and spend the next 2-3 days trying to implament the Supervision Method.I thnik i made some progres,as he stopped peeing all the time.Now he pees only when he see the rope i use to take him for a walk,he start's to run all over the house and at the same time pee..(i stil can't understand how he does it..).Also,whenever i let him alone home or even go to another room and close the door,when i return,again,he has peed everywhere...

I am desperate!!please help me if you can!!

January 25th, 2009, 05:04 PM
We adopted my in-law's 6 year old border collie/lab/? mix :dog: two months ago. She had always lived outside, and had never really been house trained. Now she is mostly in the house, and we've been trying to housetrain her. The trainer at obedience class (we're working on that, too) suggested we let her in the house for an hour of "family time" immediately after she pees outside, then put her in a crate or on a rope in the garage until she needs to go again. We did this for about a week and a half, and it seemed to work great. No messes in the house. She quickly figured out what we wanted her to do when we took her outside. However, that's been over a month ago, and we are still having problems. Things are much better than at first, so we're seeing progress, but we can't keep her crated half of every day, and it's just sad to leave her out in the garage all the time! She still pees in the house almost every day unless we are extremely vigilant, keeping her under close supervision the whole time, or unless we take her out every hour and a half.

Here are two specific problems I see at this point. 1) We haven't figured out how she signals that she needs to go out -- no scratching, no whining, etc. The trainer suggested hanging a bell on the doorknob, low enough that she can nose it. She has learned that when the bell rings, the door is going to open (she'll run to the door when it rings), but she has never nosed the bell herself. How do we figure out when she needs to go out?

2) She won't go pee outside unless we are actually out there with her. If we just put her outside, she'll play for a few minutes, but not go pee, then she comes and sticks her head through the cat door and just stands there. If one of us goes outside with her, she bounces for a minute or two, then goes pee, and then runs back to the door. How do we break the habit of needing us outside before she'll go pee outside?

January 28th, 2010, 01:52 PM
I have an almost 4 year old male chihuahua. Recently he has been acting out, i think. Peeing, crying, whining all the time, recently it has gotten much much worse. He peed on my boyfriends bed, barred his teeth at him and me and then PEED on my boyfriend in his car! we are moving in together soon , and it has gotten to the point of fixing this problem FAST or my puppy will have to go. I am soo torn i don't know what to do. i want to keep both of them in my life. Please help.

January 28th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Have you had him to the vet, Angeluvzu? It's not unheard of for male dogs to get urinary tract infections--he'd be uncomfortable, maybe complaining more and peeing inappropriately. So your first stop should be the vet to rule out a physical problem if you haven't been there already.

January 28th, 2010, 02:55 PM
hazelrunpack- yes, they said there is nothing wrong, they have theories, that he is being aggressive towards my boyfriend bc he feels threatened by him as to he has been the only male in the household, but i need it to stop asap, it has been getting worse,. He tried to give him a bath today and my dog turned and tried to bite him. If this progresses, i wont have a choice anymore and HAVE to get rid of him.

March 23rd, 2010, 12:17 PM
Hello, I have an 8 month old crested who has taken to peeing in my front hall and on the mat that I have at my front door. My husband and I just replaced the old mat that was at the front door because she had ruined it. She doesn't pee in the house when we aren't home as we have crate trained her but she will pee in the hall when we are home.
Any suggestions as to how we can stop this behaviour as it is really frusturating.

March 23rd, 2010, 12:43 PM
If she's doing that she's either not fully house trained or she's marking.

Either way you need to be watching her at all times because she can't be trusted when you're not watching. Every time she gets away with it she learns that it's ok.
If necessary you can leash or tether her while you're there so she can't wander off out of your site.

Do it like you would housetraining a young puppy. Don't punish after you find an accident because she won't understand. You'll need to catch her in the act and immediately stop her and take her outside.
You also need to completely clean the areas with a urine remover so that there is no smell to cause her to pee there or mark (even if YOU can't smell it she might be able to).

At 8 months old you're perhaps trusting her to be housetrained too soon. A lot of dogs aren't completely housetrained by that age and if you slack off and allow her to have accidents while you're not paying attention you will have to start over again.

March 24th, 2010, 03:43 PM
I am currently using baking foil to prevent my 6 year old Maltese from peeing on my curtains. It sems to work for now. He used to pee there 2-3 times a day and now when he comes close and wants to step on it, it makes noise to he hasn't. Now for 2 days. I just put it right along the curtains

March 24th, 2010, 10:12 PM
So my husband and i tried to confine her to our living room when we are home, as our crested was peeing in the front hall. we thought that keeping her in the living room would help us keep a close watch on her. before getting ready for bed tonight we let our dog outside to go pee, she laid down in the mud so my husband let her back in the house we took the gate down so that we could go to bed. i had to do a few little things in the kitchen and when i went to the stairs to go to bed there was pee on the floor.
we tried the nature's miracle spray on the floor because thats what i've read to do on here and it doesn't seem to be working.
please help us

April 3rd, 2010, 05:15 PM
You should really start your own thread.

Regardless though, you didn't follow the advice and at some point you left the dog unsupervised, so I'm not sure how to help you further. You HAVE to supervise her. If she's going to be left alone she needs to be crated.

If you keep leaving her unsupervised periodically then no advice is going to help you.

April 3rd, 2010, 07:15 PM
CCHorley ~ I too wish you would start your own thread .:o

It sounds like a need to return to puppy-101 for potty training. Rather than letting her out in the back on her own, you need to be with her in the yard or out walking her, doing so until she does her biz. Then praising her like a mad booger when she does her biz outside. You may also want to restrict her water intake a few hours before bed.

May 20th, 2010, 06:58 AM
I have a 3 year old doxi-poo. She wont stop peeing in the house. I have a dog door that gives her 24/7 acess to outside. She pees anywhere she want weather Im home or not . Help Im ready to lock her outside. Also I crated her and she peed in that to

May 21st, 2010, 01:50 AM
hazelrunpack- yes, they said there is nothing wrong, they have theories, that he is being aggressive towards my boyfriend bc he feels threatened by him as to he has been the only male in the household, but i need it to stop asap, it has been getting worse,. He tried to give him a bath today and my dog turned and tried to bite him. If this progresses, i wont have a choice anymore and HAVE to get rid of him.

My Silkie Terrier does the same thing around little kids, unfortunately I have not solved that aggression issue because I don't currently have my dog with me, my advice is to encourage the good behavior (if he ever shows it) by praise or treats, and discourage the bad behavior by either removing him from the room or try a squirt bottle, (the squirt bottle doesn't always work, but sometimes it does) if the dog wants to be with you he will eventually learn that he needs to be nice or he can't be around you, only keep him away for a few min, and then introduce him to the room again. IMMEDIATELY remove him when he growls or bares his teeth, or bites, or something like that, otherwise he isn't going to know what he did. Sometimes you may think that they know exactly what they are doing wrong, but trust me, they don't have a clue. Another tip, do not under any circumstances hit/spank him. That just encourages the aggression, and make sure that your boyfriend isn't either. I am not judging you, trust me look at some of my threads, I have been thoroughly chewed out over things that have been happening with my dog, so I am just giving advice. Remember, your boyfriend is the new cat in town and the dog is trying to show that he's in charge, take charge and let him know that it's not OK by reinforcing the good behavior and discouraging the bad. It's not going to get better overnight, but keep working on it, your training needs to be consistent, every time he does something good (sniffs instead of biting, or quietly sitting instead of baring his teeth or barking) you HAVE to praise him, or he will get confused, and every time he barks at him, or bites, or bares his teeth (peeing also constitutes bad behavior) remove him from the situation, don't stay with/by him in the other room/crate either, because that's what he wants, you to be away from your boyfriend, you have to let him know that you are in charge, not him. The peeing around/on your boyfriend could be submissive peeing, although I doubt it, I think it may be him trying to prove that he's the one in charge. Remember, in training consistency is key. Hope this helps ( I would totally be doing this with my dog, except I don't have him with me), and the best of luck to you.

May 21st, 2010, 01:58 AM
I have a 3 year old doxi-poo. She wont stop peeing in the house. I have a dog door that gives her 24/7 acess to outside. She pees anywhere she want weather Im home or not . Help Im ready to lock her outside. Also I crated her and she peed in that to

There are a couple of things that come to mind.

Peeing in the crate is not normal for an adult dog. The crate may too big, in which case she's using part of it to pee and laying away from the pee. Also, how long did you leave her in it? If not too big then I'd be concerned about a bladder infection. A bladder infection would cause her to not be able to hold it long enough to get outside. It could also make her pee more frequently than usual, because she's not getting all of it out at once.

How much is she drinking? If she's drinking a lot and peeing a lot then there may be other health issues at work. Diabetes is one that comes to mind that will cause overconsumption of water. There are also other illnesses such as kidney infections that will cause overconsumption of water and a lot of peeing.

If I would you I'd be VERY concerned that she is sick. Some of the illnesses that can cause uncontrollable peeing are very serious. She needs to see a vet to rule out any physical condition that may be causing her accidents.

June 6th, 2010, 06:02 AM
One question do you still sleep with your dog if you do stop it. All you need to do is get a crate. If you have a crate good, use it. How often does your dog need to go pee if you dont know check your dog. For example, if your dog pees about every 30 min then take her outside every 3o min so she can pee. If she pees inside your house you will need to put her in the crate until she learns her lesson. If you go to Petco you will need to buy a pad. A pad is where the dog can go to pee and poo on. It just like a mat. Put that pad in your bedroom so she knows. If she pees in your room tell her "bad girl" and then you show her where to pee which is the pad. You will know if dogs are going to pee because they spin or twirl first if they need to go pee or poo. If she poos do the same thing say "bad girl" but you carry the poo and put it on the pad so next time she knows where to pee or poo. If she poos it will be easier her to find out where the pad is for the first time before she starts peeing or pooing in your bedroom. If she pees or poos in your bedroom and you think she was trained put her in the crate. Oh ya about you sleeping with your dog, dont sleep with your dog.When you go to sleep put her in the crate. If she whines tell just ignore her. After about 2 or 3 min she will stop whining and fall asleep. Make sure water is in the crate or else she will get dehydrated. It takes time. If that dosen't work tell me.

June 6th, 2010, 06:08 AM
get her a pad and a lot of dogs twirl and spin before they pee if you see that put her on the pad if she tries to run away stand up and look at her, you ahve to make eye contact. She will start peeing there if you always put her on the pad if your dog is about to poo or pee. It might takes about 4 days for her to get use to it. My dog only took a day for her to start to get use to it. Some dogs are and some dogs are slow, you need patients. So she pees in her crate right if she does say bad girl and let her sniff her pee that she peed in the crate when she sniffed put her on the pad and let her sniff the pad. TRY, AND BE PATIENT!!!!

June 6th, 2010, 06:10 AM
oh and if she pees a lot and she might have a bladder infection. It can happen.

June 6th, 2010, 10:36 PM
I have found if I don't take out my terrier for a regular walk he pays back by peeing in the house. It's almost out of boredom.

July 2nd, 2010, 12:53 AM
I have a 7 mo. old spayed APBT who potties in the house. We've taken her to the vet - everything checked out fine. We take her out constantly throughout the day (I'm not currently employed so I can watch her/walk her etc.) and she's crate trained. What bothers me is that it's like she doesn't realize it when she has to go? We've limited her water intake which has helped significantly with this but there are still times where she'll just squat and go. No sniffing or twirling or heading to a particular spot.... just boom! all over the floor. (thank goodness for hardwood floors!)

Even when my husband or myself are standing right in front of her. We've tried the scare tactic (told to us by a trainer at a puppy class we took her to) but it doesn't phase her at all. Pointing to it and saying "bad girl" etc... mad praise for going outside.... Nothing seems to stop the random peeing. She lets us know when she has to go outside to poop. (usually she's out so often because of the peeing she doesn't need to tell us) But no warning usually when she has to pee.

Should we just try limiting her water even more? I hate to deprive her of water but at this point I don't think there's much else I can do. The only other thing the vet said was that she seemed to have a really small bladder...

Oh and training pads/newspaper doesn't work either. She shreds them in a heartbeat.

July 14th, 2010, 05:49 PM
I have 3 small mixed breed dogs. One female & two males. The female is 7 years old & barks when she wants to go out to " use the bathroom. " The problem is my other two. They are 2 & 3 years old but they still pee in the house. Even when i have the back door open they still pee & poo in the house. We have a little fenced off area for them to use in but still they use in the house as well. This is not a new thing, they have always done this & my mom said we have to get rid of them. I love them very much & I do not want them to go. I was thinking getting them neutered would help but someone told me it won't because they are in such a habit of doing it now. If anyone could help it would be GREATLY appreciated.

November 8th, 2010, 09:35 AM
My dog just started to pee in the house....right in front of us. We'll feed her, and the other 2 dogs, just like we always have. In the same spot we always have....and then she will squat right there and pee! The other dogs go out their doggie door right after they eat, and she used to as well, but in the past couple days she just started to pee on the rug.

Normally, my in-laws are home w/ them all day, but they are now on vacation and the dogs are home by themselves all day. They have a doggie door and can come and go on their own. This hasn't been a issue before.

Yesterday we were gone all day, no problems. But, again, right after we fed them.....she squatted down, 2 feet from her bowl, and peed.

WHAT is going on? :yuck:

November 8th, 2010, 09:48 AM
msantus, is this the same dog you posted about before--or an addition to your household? If an addition, was the other dog's problem ever resolved?

One last question--have you had her to the vet to rule out UTI?

November 8th, 2010, 09:58 AM
msantus, is this the same dog you posted about before--or an addition to your household? If an addition, was the other dog's problem ever resolved?

One last question--have you had her to the vet to rule out UTI?
This is actually my first posting on this board. The dogs were just to the vet to have blood work done in order to have their teeth professionally cleaned tomorrow.

November 8th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Looks like there was one about Marley ( on page one of this thread back when you joined? Just trying to get a picture of any changes that might have been made since your first post...

A UTI wouldn't necessarily have shown in blood work, so it might be a good idea to have the vet run a urinalysis tomorrow before she's sedated for her dental cleaning. Often, a sudden change in peeing behavior can signal a physical problem, like a bladder infection.

Hope all goes well tomorrow! Do we get pics of them all with their shining white newly-cleaned smiles tomorrow? :D

November 27th, 2010, 08:56 AM
I'm going to give you history on my puppy and then tell you what's going on. First I got my dog Sept 2009. He was 6months old when I got him. He's a full blooded wiener dog. I adore this little guy so much. Brodie pee'd on everything when I first got him. He pee'd on my bed numerous times, the floor etc. Soon he stopped peeing on my bed but still pee'd on the floor. I found out that the apartment I was living in had black mold on the floor and that's what he was peeing on. I moved into my sisters house with her and her 2 bigger puppies and 2 cats. It was great he loves the animals. However they have their own little room in the back. He seems to pee on the excerise equipment in the back room and now just pees in the backroom whenever.

Ok so he stopped peeing on things after I got him fixed but now he's doing it again. He was fixed about a month ago....I have tried everything...Vinegar and water and all that. He's really good at waking me up at night when he has to potty but still pottys in the back room....Please help sister is getting mad because her dogs are now starting to do it too.

January 7th, 2011, 05:56 AM
Hi folks,

I have a 5 lb female Maltese age 5. She is fine when I'm in the house--she always goes on the wee-wee pad. However, sometimes either when I leave her alone for a long time (more than a few hours) or if she thinks I am taking her out but I don't, she pees on the carpet. I am no expert on dog training, but it seems to me she is trying to punish me for leaving her alone.

I can contain her in a small walk-in kitchen, but she loves sitting on the couch and looking out the window. She is used to that spot and having free roam of the house. I would hate to take that small comfort away from her while she waits alone for me to come home. However, I am sure my landlord will make me pay for a new rug if she continues to do this.

Is there anything I can do to stop her from "retaliating" against me (if that is what she is doing)? Or must I either live with the problem or lock her in the kitchen?

Your suggestions are much appreciated.


April 6th, 2011, 02:43 PM
We have a 9 mon old female Lab and 2 other older Labs, we live in the country with hundreds of acres for our dogs to roam and have approx 500 sq ft sod lawn in front of our home, living in the desert southwest our dogs love the cool green oasis of grass to lay in the heat of the summer, our problem is the 9 mon old roams all over the acres only to come home to poop/pee in the grass, we don't want to fence the grass off from them becouse the old dogs have it figured out, they poop during there roaming, how do we get the pup to stop pooping in the oasis???

April 7th, 2011, 05:36 PM
In my vew point dogs do this for mark their territory since they fill insecure or being dominant, first talk with your vet and than you will make your conclusions! :thumbs up

July 27th, 2011, 04:56 PM
I have a 1-year-old spayed Chihuahua that cannot go to the bathroom outside because it gets too cold for her in the winter. We have a tray that she is supposed to go to the bathroom in and it is in her small enclosed pen. Whenever we let her roam around (with the pen open so that she could access the tray), she goes on the floor. I've tried reprimanding her, but it doesn't work. She just feels guilty, but then does the same later on. I feel like she may be afraid of the pen because it's where we keep her when we're away, but we need something to contain her in. Can anyone help me stop Chloe from peeing on the floor? I don't want to have to give her away, she means too much to me. :(

December 22nd, 2011, 07:25 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm new here but I have been reading up on everyone's posts about this issue for awhile. My dog is a Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie) and I have had him for about 3-4 years now. As with everyone here, I have been finding it very difficult to keep up with his mess everytime I leave the house. He pees on the training matt provided indoors when there are people around him, but when we leave the house even for an hour, there will be piles of pee everywhere! I noticed that he doesn't pee all at once, he pee's about every 30 minutes or so (sprays everything he sees)! I was told he was just marking his territory, but he doesnt seem to be able to pee all at once... I live with others and as difficult as it is for me, it is affecting them too. I honestly do not want to give him up, but I've tried pretty much everything already (e.g. let him out very often, take away his water, restricting him to only downstairs, etc) please, if anyone has any other suggestions please let me know. thanks.

December 23rd, 2011, 09:38 AM
Has this been an ongoing thing, or is this new behavior? Have you had him vet-checked to rule out UTI or prostate problems?

December 26th, 2011, 04:10 PM
You say that he is good when you are home but not when you are away. First thought is he is anxious when you are gone and the stress causes him to soil. But if he were truly trained to use the pads he still should. Second thought is that he minds his manners when you are home but when you are gone he claims the space to make it his own. The small amounts of pee can be indicative of a UTI but then it would happen regardless of you being home or not. So the small amount of pee means that he is choosing to sprinkle his scent everywhere which is marking behavior.

Little dogs can be tougher to house train because their mistakes often go unnoticed until it's too late.

Basic rule is - if your dog is acting like a puppy then he gets treated like a puppy until he proves that he can be trusted. So if you are not able to watch him closely so that you can actively teach him good manners then he needs to be managed in a crate or small room and be taught to hold his needs until he is let out. If you are using pads exclusively (not taking him out to soil) then if you use a small room to contain him you could put a pad in there. Sometimes we have to accept that managing a problem is the first step to retraining.

You can't afford to make your roomies anymore frustrated and rehoming should not be part of the plan. It is not okay to pass off an untrained dog to someone else because he is likely to just be repeatedly rehomed and that is not fair to him.

March 1st, 2012, 08:09 PM
I have a 3 yr old Chug (1/2 Chihuahua, 1/2 Pug). She's such a good dog, but I can't get her to quit peeing on the floors. We live in a townhome and she is completely an indoor dog. I have a litter tray with pads that she will use most of the time, but too many times she will pee on the kitchen floor (tile) or once in a while on the carpet. There's nothing wrong with her physically. She's crated during the day and also at night, and she never has an accident. She has no problem holding it at those times. It's just when she's out in the evenings when we're home or on the weekends. My cousin said I should bring her to the "spot" and put her nose to it and then put her on the pad. That just seems so demeaning - especially if the reason she's dong this is because of something we're doing or not doing correctly. We really need help!!!

June 27th, 2012, 01:27 PM
I'm the owner of two Chihuahuas... one of them is 8 years old and he's a Tea Cup... the other one is a regular size Chihuahua and I have a common problem with them. The older one Whitty is aggressive which I can control but he pee everywhere even on hs crate...he drives me nuts he just pee for no particular reason. I know he's gone through a bunch of changes in his ife, he went from being a "Paris Hilton"(spoiled) dog to a very badly treated dog and my mom rescued him and shipped him to me, where I tried to give him the spoiled live he was so ued to but couldn't because he was so aggresive, I have worked with him for a few years and he's come a long way... bt he refusesto stop peeing in the house and hs bed... The other dog, Dobby, hhe also pee in the house, he gets up in the furniture and pee, up in the bed and he pee, he gets on my pillows and pee... at one time he was laying in bed with me and he did it on me too. I'm really desperate at this point because I'm living with my friends and they are doing it everywhere...

Any suggestions... PLEASE!!!:fingerscr:wall:

July 9th, 2012, 05:15 AM
You may put something with strange smells for the dog, and train it not to sleep in your bedroom.

The original post is 8 years old - either the OP has solved the problem or learned to live with it.

May 8th, 2013, 06:13 AM
Hello can anyone help me, I have 2 six year old jack russells that are great dogs. We recently moved a month ago. In the previous house they use to mess if left for a long period of time but very rarely in the night. Now all the do is wee and poo. I let them out before bed at approx 10pm and by the time ive woken up there will be approx 2 wees and more then likely a poo. Im positive it is both as the boy wees up door frames and the girls goes in the center of the floor....This is more than likely the case when I go to work for 4 or 5 hours.. I thought it was the new home but now im not to sure... any ideas on how to stop them doing this?

March 23rd, 2014, 10:20 AM
About the Posted "House-breaking" tips:

Being a Dog owner since I was 10 years old (I'm now 64),
I can't believe all of the "incompetent" answers to this very simple question !!!
The following cure will work in 1-3 days, without "stressing" the pooch,
AND will work on Puppies, and Older Dogs, too.
RULE #1: You MUST be CONSISTENT, and do this EVERY TIME that you see
your Doggie urinate in the house:
(Consistency is the #1 LAW, when training your "best friend")
1) As soon as you find 'fresh' urine in your house, gently 'rub' your doggies nose in it, and STERNLY say 3-4 times, "NO, NO, NO".
2) While saying, "NO", use ONLY 1 SHEET of NEWSPAPER, hitting them lightly on the Ears - they HATE the noise (NEVER use your HANDS - they associate the HAND with Affection and Feeding.
3) IMMEDIATELY, Put them outside in the Yard - Lovingly carrying them - NEVER, EVER "shove" them - they must know that you STILL LOVE THEM.

I have done this to many Doggies, and they continued to LOVE me.
You MUST remain the ALPHA component in your Human/Doggie relationship.
Always remember - A DISCIPLINED DOG is a HAPPY DOG !!!
And, always give your doggie Petting and Kisses EVERY DAY !!!

March 23rd, 2014, 11:34 AM
We've house-trained a lot of puppies and rescued adults over the years and although I have to agree with your "consistency is the #1 law", we've never had to resort to either rubbing their noses in urine or swatting them lightly with anything. A consistent schedule and routine, making sure any mistakes are cleaned up thoroughly with an enzyme cleaner specifically designed to neutralize urine, and vigilance are all we use. :shrug: Works for us. And we currently have 8 dogs in the house, all housebroken. :thumbs up

Dog Dancer
March 24th, 2014, 02:51 PM
Yikes, RodWBR, I'm glad I'm not your dog! Agree with consistency and loving and being Alpha, but really, rubbing their nose in it is rather archaic! A schedule, patience and paying attention will help more than rubbing their nose in it. Sorry, that's just nasty. Oh by the way, my dogs are all house trained and never had their nose rubbed in their urine or feces and were NEVER hit with a paper.