Dog having accidents

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ajillity81:  I’d recommend seeing your vet. It’s possible he has to go more often due to a medical issue such as a bladder infection, kidney disease, Cushings, etc, and can’t make it through the night. Worth getting checked out! Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Assuming this isn’t a medical issue like the PP suggested, it sounds like he’s having trouble adjusting to the new home and doesn’t quite know what his “den” is yet.  Our dog had a similar issue when we bought our house and it almost seemed like she regressed with house trainng for a while.  We pretty much had to reteach her what inside and outside were because she wasn’t familiar with this exact house.

I would continue to crate him while you’re asleep or out of the house.  The crate really isn’t a punishment and most dogs like the cozy, enclosed space.  The crate also guarantees they won’t have an accident unless it’s an absolute emergency.  After he has a consistent schedule with crating, try giving him a little bit of reign, like leaving the crate door open in an enclosed room.  If he has an accident, put him back into the crate and try again another day.  And as he succeeds, give him more space to roam in and keep repeating the process.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Our dog is a nervous pee-er, has accidents from separation axiety.  Try limiting his water intake.  Your vet can calculate based on size how much water he needs in one day.  We limit water intake and spread it out through the day.  That way he’s hydrated but doesn’t get any extra.  Also we know exactly when he had water and when he’ll need to go.  That has helped us a lot with accidents.  We always walk him before we leave the house or crate him just to be safe.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@bananasareyellow:  Ditto.  Could be a bladder or kidney infection.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

When do you let him go to the bathroom before bed? Is it absolute last thing before bed? And then you let him out absolute first thing? That’s the ideal potty break schedule for dogs, so i’d look at your timing and also the separation anxiety that the others mentioned if the vet gives him a clean bill of health. Poor guy!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Accidents, especially more than one, can probably be linked to a medical issue. My dogs have had accidents after taking a particular medication that can cause accidents as a side effect and also due to a UTI or staph infection. I would take him to a vet right away.

There’s also the possibility it’s a fear response due to new surroundings, especially if he’s being left alone in a new place. If the vet rules out medical issues, s/he should be able to give you some advice on how to train him to get used to his surroundings and not be afraid.

I know it’s hard, but try not to resent him too much, because dogs can pick up on those sorts of feelings. If it’s a behavioral issue, resentment could make it even worse! Just try to be calm when you find he’s peed, and give him treats and/or positive reinforcement when he does pee outside.

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