Post # 1
I have a year old pitmix that I’ve had since last April. He was fairly easy to potty train and I never had any trouble with him even after I moved into a new place. Lately though, he’s been using the bathroom in my bedroom despite the fact that I let him out several times a day.
I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried letting him out more and letting him stay out longer but it hasn’t helped anything. It’s really messing up my carpet and it smells. I’ve tried putting wee pads down in the hopes that if he does go in my bedroom or in the house, he’d at least use the wee pads, but he’s not using them. I try to clean it up as soon as I see him doing it, but he’s doing it when I’m not home. I would just close the bedroom door but right now I don’t have one up as the old one needed to be replaced.
I’ve had to buy a steam cleaner, but it’s getting to the point where the small one isn’t doing much good and I can’t really afford to have my carpet cleaned as frequently as it needs to be.
I don’t think it’s anxiety or just him being bored. We spend lots of time outside during the day and I know he goes potty when we’re outside…
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 3
Have you thought about crating him during the day? They won’t usually go where they sleep.
Also make sure you are cleaning with something that gets the pee odor completely out of the carpet. We have used this with good success. When we first got our dog she had trouble letting us know when she had to pee so in combination with this stuff and a bell on the door we have had no problems since.
Post # 4
@SouthernGirl: I would start crating him when you aren’t home. It sounds like there is a deep embedded stain/smell in the rug from a previous pet.
Keep him crated when you aren’t home and tether him to you (with a leash) when you are so you prevent the behavior/prevent the backslide of potty training.
DO NOT use wee wee pads as they just confuse the “don’t potty inside” rule because the wee wee pads makes it ok to potty inside sometimes and can be really confusing.
Also, try getting a good enzyme cleaner and letting it soak into the spot in the bedroom rug to try and get rid of the scent he’s smelling.
Finally, is he fixed? If not he could be starting to get the urge to mark and be marking his territory over other pet smells.
Post # 5
Could be a urinary tract infection? If your dog is housebroken & starts peeing inside, that’s one indicator that something’s wrong.
Post # 6
Is he peeing more frequently?? I would get his urine tested to rule out anything medical first.
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011: I forgot to mention that he is fixed. I tried crating him while I was in class last semester because I was gone almost all day. He destroyed that crate, but it was plastic. I didn’t invest in another one when I moved because he was really good about letting me know when he had to go out and only had one or two accidents inside.
@kate6214: Thanks for that link, I will be getting some soon.
Post # 8
@canthugallcats: It could be. I hadn’t though of that.
Post # 9
Also, when Hayley got her last UTI, I had let her outside & she went potty outside & then brought her inside & within an hour or 2 she peed inside. This time (Hayley recently got another UTI) she was eating dinner & just stopped eating & peed right there. Apparently, they’ll just have to go almost instantly & can’t control it, so that may be why he’s not using the wee pads, either.
You should talk to your vet & they’ll likely want you to get a sample of your dog’s urine & take it to them for testing. Sooner, the better. If you want any “tips” on how to do this, PM me :).
Post # 10
@canthugallcats: Thanks for the info. I don’t know why I didn’t think about dogs getting UTIs too and them probably being just like human UTIs. I know that with a UTI, when you gotta go, you gotta go, and you gotta go then! Haha.
Post # 11
If it turns out to be a UTI, your dog just needs some anti-biotics & will be good as new :). It could be something more serious, but I’d wait til you meet with your vet before worrying. Just know the longer you wait, the more serious it can get so I’d try to get that done 1st thing tomorrow.
Post # 12
Yep, definitely go to the vet and rule out anything medical first- especially if there is no change in routine and it is a new behavior.
And you might have to try a couple different cleaners to see which one works the best that you like (I really, really dislike some of them because of their scents). But the enzymatic cleaners are definitely the best. Make sure you really saturate the areas and let it soak per the directions for it to work best.
Post # 13
I agree with the other posters that it very well might be something medical, if he’s never had a problem before. That’s often their first indication to you that something isn’t right.
Secondly, I know you mentioned that you tried crating him and he destroyed it. My dog destroyed 3 metal crates before I was finally able to get him comfortable and now he loves his crate! I did get an industrial strength crate though. If you want to try again at some point, here is what I did:
Feed him in the crate, so he has to go in to eat. Don’t shut the door or anything, just let him go in and eat. I did this for several weeks before trying anything else. Then, start putting toys and things in there for him to go fetch out. When you finally shut him in, do it only for a little bit and stay in the house. Lots of treats too! Eventually, he will associate the crate with good things and not you leaving. It took me about 4 months to get him used to it, but it was well worth it!
Post # 14
This happened with our guy.. ended up being a UTI..
Post # 15
Sounds like a UTI to me. I’d get that checked out before you start worrying about anything else.