(Closed) My dog is suddenly using the bathroom inside.

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Could be a urinary tract infection? If your dog is housebroken & starts peeing inside, that’s one indicator that something’s wrong.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Is he peeing more frequently??  I would get his urine tested to rule out anything medical first.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Helper bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This happened with our guy.. ended up being a UTI..

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Sounds like a UTI to me.  I’d get that checked out before you start worrying about anything else.

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