Post # 1
I got my dog at 4 months old and he was already house trained. He’s now almost 3 and until 6 months ago he very very rarely had accidents in the house. We live in a studio apartment, but he walks for at least 5 miles per day broken down into 3 walks.
During the past few months, my dog has been having an increasing number of peeing accidents in the house. It seems like this normally happens when he drinks a large amount of water quickly and then has to go and can’t wait for our next walk. I can understand that, so I try to monitor his water intake and take him out after drinking a lot. But sometimes I don’t always notice the amount of water he drinks. When he has his accidents, he doesn’t give me any warning at all, he just goes somewhere and pees on the carpet. Normally I don’t even see him do it, I just find it later. While the accidents don’t happen every day or even every week, this is something new that just started happening and it really can’t continue.
I need some advice on how to train my dog to let me know when he desperately needs to go out. When he was a puppy, he used to go to leash and whine, but now that’s completely stopped and I’d like to teach him to start doing it again.
Post # 3
Google “bell training” it will show you how to teach him to ring a bell when he has to go.
Whle you’re working towards that, I’d get rid of any rugs you have in the house. Even the slightest scent of urine will encourage him to go potty on that spot again. Also, give him water at structured times, instead of allowing him free access. Then wait about 5 minutes and take him out.
Finally, don’t let him out of your sight during this training period. Watch for signs like restlessness, or pacing and making eye contact with you. Also, my dog gets kind of crabby when she has to pee, so that’s a sign too.
Post # 4
If this is a new and persistent problem, you may want to rule out a bladder or kidney infection. It might make it harder to hold his pee and he might need to go more frequently if that’s the case.
Once you make sure your pup is healthy, I second PP’s suggestion to bell train. There is also a product called Nature’s Miracle that is supposed to remove the urine stain so he doesn’t keep going on that spot.
Post # 5
@DaneLady: Shoot… I meant to go back and edit my post, but yes, as Dane Lady suggested you should have him tested for any UT infections. They make the urge to go very sudden and can be painful, so holding it is very difficult.
Post # 6
Thanks for the tips ladies. I will look at trying the bell training with him and controlling his water until he is better trained.
I don’t think it’s a health issue because it really doesn’t happen very frequently and it never happens when he his crated (when I’m not home).