- 8 years ago
Maybe he can’t hold it that long or maybe he just has to go & you’re not there & he doesn’t know to hold it.
Do you know his background? Maybe he was from a place where he was outside all day so he wasn’t housebroken. Maybe his old owners just let him go in the house (like in a basement or garage or something).
When I 1st got my dog, she kept peeing in the house even if I JUST took her on a 1 hour walk. I realized (2 weeks later) it was because of my cat’s litter box & since the smell of 1&2 was in the house, she thought it was ok to go inside. I moved the litter box & she NEVER went inside the house again. Maybe it still smells like 1&2 from his other accidents so he thinks its ok. Try using some type of carpet pet shampoo or cleaner, or steam clean the area.
If you’re going to be gone long periods of time, could you get a dog-walker or have a friend come over & take your dogs on a short walk? 8 hours is quite a bit of time to leave a dog (especially if he’s younger than the rescue thought), older dogs usually can hold it that long but it can develop into a urinarty tract infection if its too long. Younger dogs need to be let out more frequent & I’ve heard that larger breeds mature slower than smaller breeds (IDK if that’s true!).
If you catch him going in the house, say “no” (in a firm tone) & take him outside to go. Don’t play with him while outside, just take him to his usual “go” spot & then praise him whenever he does go outside.
Larger dogs go more only in regards to amount…large poop piles and larger puddles. Larger breeds, if they are healthy, are usually able to hold it longer than small dogs.
Definitely clean the soiled areas throughly with a cleaner meant to clean pet stains (Nature’s Miracle or something similiar), if you haven’t already done so. You may want to use a black light to help you find the stains. The smell is probably encouraging him to resoil. You can rent a carpet shampooer, if there are several areas needing to be cleaned. Even if it LOOKS clean, that doesn’t mean dogs, with their superior sense of smell, can’t smell the mess. Some cleaners even contain ingredients that will encourage resoiling. Do not steam clean carpet if there are any traces of urine still there, as this can actually set the stain.
If you’ve cleaned the house throughly and he’s still going inside, I would have him checked out at the vet. The fact that he started doing this after a month without accidents could be a sign of a medical problem. Hopefully it’s just the fact that had an accident the first time and that the smell is making him think it’s okay to keep going.
also wanted to add—give him TONS of crazy praise and a treat when he does go to the bathroom outside.
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