- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
We have 2 cats and 2 dogs. We boarded all 4 for the wedding and honeymoon, totalling a week and a half. The cats and 7 year old dog are OK, but the 4 year old dog has been having issues with relieving herself in the house.
The 1st night we were all back, she pooped at the front door. She did that the 1st day we adopted her from a friend, so we wrote that off as adjusting after a separation(we have never spent a night away from our animals completely, at least one of us is home usually, and this was the 1st time we both went away without the dogs). The next night, she pooped in the living room and peed in the spare room. We let her out shortly before midnight, and I woke up at 5am to let the dogs out and feed them. We decided to crate her at night, just to make sure that it was her acting out somehow, and that it wasn’t like she couldn’t physically hold it in. After a week with absolutely no accidents in her crate, we stopped crating her at night.
Fast forward about a month and a half, and she is peeing in the house again. Like goes to the same spot and will pee. While we were in bed the other night, she peed. I thought maybe this is some sort of jealousy because that dog is more of my husband’s(we joke how the dogs have their favorite parents), but the dogs know that when we are busy, they are not allowed in the bed, and she has never done that before. Then last night, I had let the dogs in while I was cleaning my room, and she went to a corner of my room, squatted and peed.
I was originally thinking that she might have a UTI, but she only pees in that one spot in my bedroom, and hasn’t been urinating excessively, nor has she been exhibiting any signs of discomfort while she urinates. My vet said it doesn’t sound like a UTI based on my observations and that we can get her urine sampled to definitely rule that out, but she is currently out of the office because she got bit by a rottweiller.
It almost seems like she is marking that spot, which we have never heard of a non-dominant female dog do. Anyone have suggestions other than the old-school “rub her face in it” method that some people think works? We don’t think that is an effective way to teach her, because she knows not to mark “her” area(crate), and it would just confuse her as to why she is getting yelled at.