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Old June 18th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Melora Melora is offline
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Female dog peeing in house

Hello all.. hoping I can get some good advice or insight from this forum!

I have a small toy poodle that we got out of the shelter about 2 months ago.
She is about 3-4 years old and had not been spayed.
She is now spayed and at first seemed perfectly housebroken.

The problem I believe started when she smelled cat pee in the den and felt like she could pee where the cats had unfortunately peed previously.

Our plan is and was to take up the carpet in that room and put down a wood floor but haven't been able to do it yet. In the mean time I cut the carpet up (leaving the pad and probably the smell) behind.

At first she would pee in the same place when we weren't home. Then I noticed that she would pee in the same general place anytime she hadn't peed enough outside. She sleeps through the night quietly without peeing for as much as 11 hours then we get up and I take her out and watch her pee and then she will come in and pee in that spot when Im not looking. And its obvious she didn't pee enough outside.

I also notice when I take her for her evening walk she wants to pee 100 times (marking I would guess) every time she smells where another dog has gone.

It's obvious to me that she is only peeing a little bit every time I take her outside at home and holding the rest to pee in that spot.

So my question (sorry this is so long) is

1. Do you think she will stop peeing once the carpet and pad have been completely removed from that room and there is no more smell (she has never peed anywhere else in the house). Is she just going to find another spot in the house to pee? (there is no other cat pee anywhere for her to smell).

and 2. Should I be letting her "mark" everyplace while we walk. I usually insist she walk and not stop and smell everything but I want her to empty out. Am I making it worse by letting her pee a little bit all the time and how can I teach her to just pee it all out at once?

I assume if she had been spayed as a puppy this might never have been a problem. She is very submissive and has no dominant behaviors (except this peeing thing). She is gentle and sweet with the kids, ignores the cats and does not bark. Really been the perfect dog until this started.

Last edited by Melora; June 18th, 2011 at 01:15 PM.
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