Post # 1
Went down to the kitchen this morning, only to step in a puddle of pee. I was not happy.
Fiance and his dog moved in with me in September. Dog is a 7 year old beagle.
I can’t remember if we closed the door or not to the bedroom in the first few months but sometime in December my mother had given me a bunch of cookies from a cookie exchange. The next morning, I went into the kitchen to discover the baggies all empty and every single cookie eaten.
After that, we closed the bedroom door.
Now the weather is getting warmer. I have the a/c on and the bedroom fan, but it still gets stuffy with the door closed. We left the door open last night and the dog went to the kithen and peed.
Dogs shouldn’t have middle of the night accidents at 7 years old, should they?
He was used to free range of his last place when he lived with Fiance and Fiance said he never had accidents. Since they moved in we have crated the dog when we are not home because I do not want the dog to have free range.
Any suggestions? It’s not the first time he’s had an accident. He’s peed other times too. I’m not asking Fiance to choose. But I bought my house 1 month before Fiance moved in and everything is brand new, new carpet, new tile, new hardwood. I don’t want the dog to ruin everything. And I don’t want to resent Fiance either….
Post # 3
@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
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 # 5
@bleusteel: @bananasareyellow: thank you for the feedback.
he’s been fine at night as long as we leave the bedroom door closed. i don’t want to have to keep it closed all the time though. we’ll have to test the waters and see what happens.
Post # 6
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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@bananasareyellow: Ditto. Could be a bladder or kidney infection.
Post # 8
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
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.
Post # 10
he’s been in my house since september, so almost 9 months. he’s had about 4 peeing accidents total including the one i found this morning.
we let him out right before bed and first thing in the morning.
usually the bedroom door is closed and we have no problem, last night we left it open and he peed.
as i mentioned before FI let him have free run of his apt day and night and claims he never had accidents prior to moving in with me.
i don’t think it is medical, but maybe it is.
don’t worry, i am not resenting the dog. i know he can’t control that. I don’t want to resent my Fiance for messing up the house. i don’t want the house to smell like pee and animals. i was very adamant about that when he moved in.