Why is my House Trained Dog peeing on all our carpets in our new home?

Our dog a poodle, bishon frise, tree walker coon hound mix is almost 2 years old. Got him at about 10 mos old and he wasn't house trained very well. We did use crate training and after about 1 month he was house trained with very few accidents. After about 6 months we moved to a new house and he immediately began to pee in every room that had carpet. Even when we put him outside to go pee, he will promptly come inside and pee on the carpet. He has also peed on our bed but only twice in the beginning.

We always clean up the pee with enzymes and put him outside when he does this but he persists. We've been told it is because he smells perhaps another dog smell from previous owner but we've had all carpet cleaned and enzyme treat each occurrence. I kid you not I will put him outside, he'll pee then promptly come back in and pee on carpet. He only does this in carpeted rooms.

We don't know what to do.

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Deborah in Otto, NC
June 28, 2018

Your dog is either marking his  territory because it smells past dogs urine in the carpet, carpet urine can still be smelt by dogs even though you may not smell it. The enzymes may have taken the smell from humans nose but remember dogs are used for tracking humans, animals and as cadaver dogs, their sense of smell is much keener than humans.  Over the years I have used straight up white vinegar it seems to get rid of the smell they can detect that is  left behind.

Another reason could be he is very upset at the move, my cat has been with my for almost 18 yrs now and  and 11 yrs ago when I taught about moving my BF in before we got married. The male cat decided to pee on the bed, every night for almost 2 weeks he would pee on the bed on my BF now husbands side of the bed. After correcting the pee issue myself several times which did not work, I told my husband, he needed to correct the issue to show his dominance  to my cat. He then caught him after the offense was done and rubbed his nose in it and spanked his backside. The cat never peed on the bed again and ever since sleeps on his side of the bed most of the night. He was trying to show my husband that was his bed, well still is but respects my husbands side of the bed and cuddles with him, more than me.  

Dale in Fair Oaks, CA
July 31, 2017

My cat seems to be pretty upset over the move but I did think our dog was adjusting fine so it seems to me to be smell oriented. I'd like to get new carpet anyway so let's see if I can get my hubby to agree.

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My best suggestion is when he urinates inside immediately take Him outdoors. Make sure He is being taken outdoors at least 3 times a day. When He urinates outdoors give Him a treat. Stick with it and don't give up.

There is hope. If that doesn't seem to help after a few weeks you may have to get rid of the old carpet and replace it with new. Male Dogs are territorial and most likely a scent was left behind by a previous pet.

Dale in Fair Oaks, CA
July 31, 2017

We have taken him outside whenever we catch him, and I do think he may be smelling another dog. Replacing all the carpet would be great if I can get my husband to agree. It would be quite costly but I guess we could start with one room at a time. Thank you for your input!

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User in San Diego, CA
Aug. 10, 2017

Hi Dale, 

Sorry you're dealing with pet urination issues in your home. Most of the information posted is very accurate, however it's also possible that the urine scent underneath the rug soaked into the wood or tile grout below, which generally poses the greatest difficulty in annihilating the previous urine smells that your dog can smell and you can't. The only product I've used that has completely worked and is guaranteed is a product by the name of SUN (Severe Urine Neutrilizer) Concentrate. The others didn't work and I've tried nearly all of them. The one mentioned can be google searched and read prior to purchasing. The carpets will need to be removed if the flooring underneath were previously saturated by another dog/cat. Hope this helps.  

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It sounds like your dog is dealing with a lot of stress right now, so cleaning will only deal with part of the problem.

Yes, carpet removal is going to be the biggest help in overall cleaning needs (I recommend replacing with engineered hardwood), but you need to go out of your way to make sure your dog feels comfortable and loved. You'd be surprised how different his behavior can be when you take time to focus on him.

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hes marking his territory

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Hannah in Glenside, PA
April 19, 2019

Maybe try giving him a treat each time he uses the bathroom outside.

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Sometimes its stress maybe from the move. But thats a doggie F.U. for sure. Could be the carpets but that shouldnt have continued for too long. Perhaps theres another stressor? Ans perhaps outside time should be most of the time and inside time is a reward. PS thats one heck of a mix...

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User in Colonia, NJ
April 3, 2019

Because the scent is on the carpet & pup is not contained in a safety zone !

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Madison in Aston, PA
March 17, 2019

Your poodle is probably not used to the environment. Give it some time and he will adjust!

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Either he is marking his territory and was not neutered or someone lived there before and he smells the pee through on the floor boards. But also, not necessarily always the case but can be both. I had a Yorkie and they are the hardest to potty train. For years I spent so much time with treats and potty training on the top to setting alarms and putting a bell around the door with a rope and spoiling her with treats but she would come in the house after and pee behind the couch and I couldn't smell it til I moved the couch. I think you need a new potty training tactic and lay off the treats, don't treat him for what he is doing wrong. Treat him when he shows you and you see it with your own eyes that he peed and pooped outside. When and if he pees or poops on the floor do not get angry or aggressive cause that never corrects anything but makes stuff worse, plus pups they don't know better, just gentle dip there nose into the pee or poop (gross I know but no dog wants poop on their nose) lightly and gentle rub there nose into it then say, "no, bad." Don't scream it just say it strictly, pick the dog up and take him outside into the grass gently point his nose to the grass and point say you go outside to pee or poo, this is where you go. But don't rub his or her nose into it unless you catch them or it's very fresh hot pee or steamy just laid poop or they won't know what they did wrong. Keep up on it and repeat. Always check the house in all places to make sure they aren't going Inside and hiding it cause If you don't check you won't catch it and they won't be trained. As dogs age they no longer listen. Potty training should happen asap. Repeat, check house, and treat when you see they did good with potting outside. No treats for other things cause it will mess up their understanding. Only treats for pottying correctly. Or they'll expect treats for everything and not learn to be house broken.

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That's a tough situation...I assume he's neutered? You might try doggie diapers on him, which will take away the "enjoyment" he gets from "marking". It couldn't hurt anyway. Good Luck! You may need a dog trainer tho...

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He sounds like he is marking his territory. Trust me, this most likely isn't an "accident" or a physical concern. He should be taught not to do that. Try researching reliable ways to punish him next time he does it. Hope it goes well!

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Jessica in Ogden, UT
Feb. 13, 2019

Don't put too much trust in enzymes. Dogs ability to smell pee in carpets, regardless of how rigorously they have been cleaned, is legendary. Take into consideration that moving can make a dog flakey until they adjust; the peeing on the bed makes me think this is playing a big part in it all. - Most dogs probably pee on carpet over bare floor because of splash factor (they pee in grass, but seldom on cement), but I think it's more related to carpet behaving more like grass under their feet.

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Make a time of the day when you take him outside and if he pee's outside give a treat and be very happy and he we learn to pee outside.

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your dog maybe not like the carpet at all because some dogs don't you can't make them like it try taken outside used the outside 5 hours if had to and buy a god like carpets for the house and buy dog beds only that made into where they can pee and eat and sleep into

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Its probably under stress from the move, and probably smelling animals that lived in the house before you moved in. Id suggest that you reinforce your potty training.

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I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers… My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

We had problems with our dog also. He used to pee or poop inside of our house all the time when left alone. Both my husband and I work a lot and had no time to take our Pringles to dog training classes. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do. He has recommended me this https://bit.ly/2WyKQnA online dog trainer... It's cheap but it delivered the needed result, we are not ashamed to invite some guests over anymore.

We had problems with our dog also. He used to poop and dig holes, table etc. when we were not at home. Both my husband and I work a lot and had no time to take our Bud to dog training classes. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do. He recommended one online dog behavior trainer. I love this trainer https://bit.ly/2IFPOd5 It helped us a lot, and I strongly recommend it for you.

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Annie in Anderson, IN
Jan. 27, 2019

The smell might be soaked into the floor underneath the carpet.

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User in Lutz, FL
Dec. 29, 2018

It sounds like its all behavior. Did you test the urine for a UTI/crystals? If you did test and all is clear you can get something called Adaptil (not the OTC, generic). You will want the collar and the Spray. The spray is used for the locations that your pet is peeing on. The collar will help keep your pet calm and help with the training process again. The move most likely stressed him out.

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Hamiyah in Sumter, SC
Dec. 20, 2018

A: He's marking territory B: He's not neutered which sometimes causes this behavior.

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He needs to be house trained

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Try stem cleaning the carpets there may have been an animal that lived there previously and even though you may not smell it your dog does.

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Logan in Ruskin, FL
Oct. 18, 2018

One thing that may help is white vinegar, because it provides a good clean for your carpet, but acts as a great dog repellent to dogs to pee in that spot. I hope could help in some way!

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Aliyah in Euless, TX
Sept. 21, 2018

That's probably a territorial marking from the dog, especially since he's a male.

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Nicole in Denton, TX
Sept. 7, 2018

the idea is pretty accurate. that a proir pet was there and the smells from them is still in the carpet. i would suggest replacing the carpet or putting down rugs. also try deep cleaning the carpet then test and see if he still marks it.

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He's peeing on the carpet because dogs have peed on that carpet in the past and he is definitely marking!

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There's no way to get rid of the prior animals scent short of removing the carpet and padding and cleaning with enzymes.

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Laura in Garner, NC
Feb. 9, 2018

Your dogs are just as excited about the new house as you are. They are marking their territory. Walk them outside very often, and give mega praise for all pees and poops. In the meantime, get rid of the smell in the carpet/floor so they don't return to the scene of the crime. Vinegar mixed in water is a good neutralizer. But I think you also will need some professional chemicals.

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Dogs are excited about their new home as much as humans. They pee to mark the boundaries of their territory. Walk them outside then praise and give them treats for all their pee and poop outside. Clean the carpets so that the dogs won't smell it and pee again.

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He may just be stressed about being in a new home

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House training takes time if you are not really able to focus a full few days on them. There are some sprays that you can use that deter them if you spray the areas he keeps visiting, and if he isn't fixed, that may be an issue. That is why I never will own a male dog. :) But I would crate train longer, most dogs just need a strict routine and more positive reinforcement. I learned in my dog training classes if this is happening its the owners fault bc you need to pay more attention to them.. not sure of your situation but I would just keep him crated more til the peeing stops. Plus its a new place, he may be stressed out. Get with your vet if it persists, maybe a health issue.

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He's marking his territory. If there was another dog in the house before you moved in and he smells that, he will mark his territory. also, maybe he was traumatized by the move. I would check with a vet. perhaps he has some new health problem. Maybe he's acting out and letting you know he's not happy about something.

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