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My dog is housebroken, but he just started peeing in the house again. What do I do?

User
June 11, 2018

I have a 2 year old german shepherd. I house trained him as a puppy and for the past year he hasn't had any accidents. A week ago, I found a puddle in the house and it has happened every day since then. What is going on? Does he need more training? He never does this.

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User in Dunkirk, NY
Dec. 16, 2014

Make sure there is no physical problem by taking him to the vet. Could be urinary or some spinal compression. Is it happening at night when he sleeps? Is it a male? Is it neutered? Are there new pets, visiting dogs or people coming? When and where do you find the accidents? Does he give u signs when he needs to go potty?

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User in Dunkirk, NY
Dec. 16, 2014

Take him to the vet to rule out a urinary tract infection. How old is the dog? Have other pets been introduced before he started peeling inside? Was it during cold snowy days? Do you walk him daily?

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The folks who suggested a veterinary check make a good point. When ever you have a new issue with your dogs behavior it is always best to rule out any possible organic causes. If it is just a relapse he needs constant supervision. If he goes potty in the house and nobody is there to say no then they will begin to think it is acceptable behavior. When you cannot watch them carefully you should either crate them or place them outside. This is only necessary until they get the idea again. Also you should work out a schedule and stick to it. When your dog knows he gets a potty break at certain times they become accustomed to it. If they are unsure when they might be able to relieve themselves accidents are far more likely

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User in Bedford, TX
May 31, 2015

Something has happened to trigger this. Could be a health issue and needs to see the vet, or perhaps something behaviorally has happened to trigger it out of fear or anxiety.

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Hi I am a 20 year animal service professional. I have a four year degree in animal behavior, motivation and perception. House breaking isn't rocket science, all dogs will have accident's. First don't punish your dog I know its hard but don't. If you punish her she will just hide it from you. Next train again. This is how I train my dogs and the puppies that come to my class. I start by keeping them on a leash in the house and keeping them with me at all times when they are out of there crate. Next I take them out often, and to the same place each and every time. Praise them when they go and praise them well and treat them with a treat they really like. Soon they will be house broke. All dogs have accidents...

We have seven year old dog. She just started peeing on the bed in my wife's office. She doesn't pee anywhere else in the house. It's not medical we know that but it seems that Everytime her office door is open the doors goes in and pees on the bed in there. My wife is not very kind to the dog and it seems as if every peeing incident takes place after she has either yelled at the dog or yelled at me. Now she wants to.get rid.of the dog. Strangely enough it was her dog before we got married but it seems I'm closer to the dog. Any suggestions?

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User in Danbury, CT
June 1, 2015

Before anything else I would bring your pup to the Vet to rule out an UTI or incontinence problem. After ruling out any problem, I would see if your schedule changed, Were you away from your pet more now than a year ago. Has his walk schedule changed? Has anything changed?

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If he checks out ok at the vet, you can try feeding him in the spot - that is, if it's the same spot each time.

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Lol. Show him the newspaper

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Are there any changes in the home? A new addition? I would also ask my vet in case your dog had an infection.

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My dog is a 4 year old american bulldog pit mix. He is already house trained and has been with rhe same 2 dogs for almost three years. Out of nowhere he started peeing in random places in the house. We put him in the mudroom over night and he doesnt go all night. Why could he be doing this? Any answers?

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ALSO...Has the owner "INTRODUCED" potty pads? Not a good remedy...teaches dogs to void in the house

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After the visit to the vet....you need to pit the leash and collar on and keep it on until bedtime. Do this for 3 months...why? The leash is the best training tool in existence... you will need to keep your dog with you at all times...anchor the leash when needed but stay with your dog....schedule letting the dog go outside to go to the bathroom but the leash stays on.

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Maya, I agree with all responses posted, especially the information about a UTI. I had a German sherbets and he developed a UTI that did cause this problem. My dog was treated with medication and the problem diminished. You should always consult a veterinarian when you observe issues like this. I have also been told some dogs can experience anxiety issues that were not seen before as well. I would take your dog in as soon as you can. If finding time to do this in your busy schedule, I provide service of transporting pets to appointments for a reasonable fee. I pick them up, stay and provide information for the pet owner if there are concerns and bring written documentation of the visits and follow-up instructions. Please let me know if o can help. Good luck! Gloria with A-1Vip pet service.com

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He may need training or just remembrance of what he was train not to do. This could also be a health issue if it is happening daily. He could have a bladder infection or a lose of control of his bladder that has caused him to urinate like so. I would call your vet and ask advice on this because it could be he is unhappy with something and defying you, it could be that he needs more training, or it could be a health issue. Check the color of the urine and the smell (as gross as it may be) and make sure that it is a healthy yellow, normal urine smelling pee. Dark pee is a warning of internal health issues and should be treated immediately.

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He could be acting out over something or he could have something wrong with his kidneys. Big dogs some times have problems like that. I have owned 9 large dogs 4 of them have done this, out of the 4, 3 of them have had kidney problems or hormone problems. See a vet they can run a blood test to see if he is all right. Hope all works out for you!

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First a vet check up would be a good idea. If everything is okay there, then it could be stress and anxiety. Some dogs do that if new things happen or if they get scared/excited. I would suggest maybe taking him out a few more times a day and having a piddle pad in a certain favorite area if he has one. That may help.

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User in Orange, CA
June 9, 2015

Getting a check up at the vet first is perfect. I would also like to add that if your dog is going in the exact same spot or on the same piece of furniture you might try a product that gets rid of urine smell or one that is unpleasant for the animal. He might be marking because of something he smells. Also, if you are unable to observe him and you can't put him outside, you might try a belly band (like a diaper) for those times.

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I have four dogs and have seen stress and anxiety trigger one of them to start peeing inside again. A vet could also check for anxiety.

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You might need to take him out more or take him to the veterinarian. He could have a urinary tract infection and is trying to tell you something.

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Take him to the vet to make sure there is no urinary problem, also he maybe afraid of someone or something outside. If you have a new pet, that can be a problem too.

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User in Abilene, TX
June 3, 2015

Has he been peeing in one room? if so he has probably been smelling something to set it off. most likely another animal.

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It's possible that something might have changed in his environment. Whether you have a new house guest staying long term, a new pet, a new child, or even just a change in his diet. If nothing has changed in your home or in his personal behavior other then the accident I would take him to the vet to see if maybe it's something like a bladder infection.

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User in Norwalk, CT
June 3, 2015

Hi there .. Sorry to hear of the accidents. It could be many things. First of all, are there any changes in the house or a new pet ?? It could be a sign of anxiety or possibly a UTI. If you haven't changed anything in the household I would start w/ submitting a urine sample to your vet . This will rule out if he has an infection. Another question would be if he's neutered.? If not, make dogs tend to be very territorial and mark a lot. Hope this helps and good luck

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User in Bozeman, MT
June 3, 2015

First thing is to check and make sure he does not have a medical problem. Then go on to poss more training

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Your dog may have a bladder infection , I would call the vet.

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FIRST, HAVE HIM CHECKED OUT BY A VET. SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY A PET CAN TELL YOU HE'S ILL OR IN PAIN IS TO CHANGE BEHAVIORS. HE COULD HAVE A PAINFUL URINARY TRACT INFECTION. WHEN MY CATS START DOING THIS ITS ALMOST GUARANTEED THAT THEY HAVE A UTI AND IS TRYING TO GET MY ATTENTION.

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Well, do you work more often now? if yes then that maybe why. He maybe needs to go after you get home from work. like say you wake up get ready take him out to go do business, go to work at 6 in the morning, get off early at 6 pm and take hi out again. And he can wait to go then. And the next day you wake up at 6 get ready take him out to do business and go to work t 6.You have to stay late and get home at 7 or 8 pm. He is used to 6 pm so he cant hold it anymore and has an accident. (that was an example of maybe why). OTHER WISE YOU NEED TO TRAIN HIME MORE

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Take your dog to a vet, sometimes their is something mentally or physically wrong with him. Don't worry, just get help.

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Sounds similar to what happened to my dog. We house trained her too and she was peeing outside regularly, then after a while she started peeing inside the house. We asked the vet about it and found out that our dog had crystals in her bladder (which if not treated would lead to bladder stones. yikes!) So we switched her to a dog food specifically for bladder issues and haven't had issues since.

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Debra Taylor, I didn't know hasyour schedule has changed?, has there been an environment change? Have there been any new additions to the family? These factors too can lead to accidents.

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Medical causes should always be ruled out first; your veterinarian may run diagnostic testing such as fecal, urine, and blood tests based on your dog's specific problems and the results of the physical exam. Dietary problems can cause housetraining issues; a urinary tract infection, kidney failure, or urinary incontinence from other causes; in most cases, vastly improved by treating the medical condition appropriately; orthopedic problems can make it painful for your dog to squat for relief. The dog may wait and wait, afraid of the pain, and then lose control in the house. Or there may be a behavioral issue; When dogs are punished for housetraining errors, a common side effect is that they become afraid to relieve themselves in front of people, sometimes fear; dogs become afraid to go to the relief area for various reasons, including weather conditions that scare the dog, leaving the dog outside alone too long, the dog being shocked by an electronic fence collar, a dog with a nervous temperament, other animals outdoors, humans teasing or frightening sounds such as fireworks or gunfire, etc. The dog may have an aversion to the material you prefer that he relieves himself on, such as if your backyard is made up of rocks, concrete, mulched.. In that case allow your dog to eliminate on his preferred material and gradually add in the material you prefer r area. There are also pheromone products to help with creating relief areas. into the picture then transfer him/her to If the dog doesn't have access to the relief area when his body needs relief, that's a recipe for housetraining problems There is another factor-overwhelmed by the scent of past accidents, whether it's this dog's scent or scent left by another pet. It's imperative to remove this scent, and people often use the wrong products for removal or clean-up; best results are from bacterial enzymatic odor eliminating products. These products actually breakdown the chemicals of the urine rather than just cover up the smell. Then there is the issue of Separation anxiety. . . In the cases of Female dogs; in heat tend to urinate frequently. Spayed female dogs don't go into heat, so spaying is one solution for this possible housetraining issue, as well as eliminating the potential for staining furniture from the discharge Even people have bathroom problems from time to time, so we shouldn't be at all surprised that it happens with dogs.

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User in Lambert, MS
June 3, 2015

I advise you to take your dog to a veterinarian to get tested for diabetes, kidney disease, and Cushing's disease (which causes an overproduction of steroids). Make sure you have a list of your dog's changed of behavior and the allotted times he's urinated and the times the urination took place. Also, mentioned your dog's age to the veterinarian because it will determine, if applicable, the appropriate dosages of medicine he'll need to consume for his urination abnormalities. More so, if I was you, I'll mention the types of food you feed your dog and the type of liquids he consumes because what your dog eats and drinks plays a major factor on his overall health. Once, you've taken your dog to see a veterinarian and if he is not diagnosed with a serious condition, it's possible that he's marking his spots of security in your home or could be responding to fright or excitement. You should also consider that your dog could be retaliating from jealousy of another pet, friend, family member or mate being in your presence; animals, especially dogs and cats, have the tendency of being jealous and selfish at times when sharing their owner with someone else or another animal. A veterinarian would likely perform a behavioral treatment on your dog based on whether he's marking his territories, losing control when excited or frightened, or intentionally soiling the floor. From my perspective regarding training, your dog has already been house trained and has been doing well, until suddenly, he starts urinating abnormally. Like I stated earlier, he likely has a health issue, is territorial, jealous, frightened, or excited. Just continue to give your dog attention, affection and support and he should get better.

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Well, he's definitely try to get your attention. Whether it be a medical issue ( urinary tract infection, a scent that he's marking, or some naughty behavior) usually if a pet who has been trained suddenly starts marking in the same spot it's a sign of distress. Bloodwork, and a urine sample with your vet would be a great place to start. Inappropriate urination can also happen if you've brought a new pet to your home. There's a thousand reasons why but finding out the issue is the best way to go then it's easier to come up with a solution. So don't jump the gun and make him an outside pup just yet, he's probably not doing to ruin your morning routine.

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User in Carlsbad, CA
June 3, 2015

I too would rule out bladder issues. Does he have separation anxiety? You could dry a DAP diffuser, or rescue remedy. I would, after vet says not medical issue ~ go back to your basic training and crate if you have one. A doggie door is a godsend in my home ~ they can go out at will and potty. Hope that helps!

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User in Mebane, NC
June 3, 2015

Hello - The 1st thing I would suggest is that you collect a urine sample and have your vet rule out any type of urinary/bladder infection. In my own personal experience this was usually the culprit of sudden accidents. If all tests come back negative then it's likely a behavioral issue. Have there been any recent changes to his routine, environment or even diet, anything that might trigger anxiety in your pet?

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User in Midland, TX
June 3, 2015

Any time there is a sudden change in bathroom habits it could be a UTI. Take the dog to a vet to be tested. If that comes back negative I would keep looking because there must be something medical going on. Dogs do not suddenly start peeing in the house out of spite, dominance or anything else...unless there's been some sort of major change in your household? The rubbing the nose doesn't work either.

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User in Westerlo, NY
March 15, 2015

Rule out any urinary and/or kidney issues. If medically sound, go back to house training a puppy guidelines and stick to them. Sometimes dogs do regress due to change in environment, people, other dogs/animal, etc. Do not look upon this with distaste, frustration or guilt. Sort out any medical details, and yes, training is life long. Sometimes we have to go back to kindergarten. Neutering does nothing to change marking behavior as it is just that - a behavior. From what you describe, this does not sound like marking, but more of a routine happening. Good luck!

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User in Pamplin, VA
June 4, 2015

I agree with all of the others. First, take him to the vet to rule out any infection that could be causing this. He could just be reacting to being left alone for too long. Dogs sometimes get angry with us for leaving them and respond with going to the bathroom in the house. Try to make sure he goes out before you leave him. Crate him if possible. Do not leave him for long periods of time.

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If it's not a medical issue, which should be ruled out first then it's an environmental problem. Animals are very susceptible to what is going on in their surroundings. Honestly for me that includes bringing something new into my home or even moving furniture around. My guys pick up on emotional vibes as well and they let me know when they are not happy. Hope this helps.

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User in Holbrook, NY
Feb. 1, 2015

Well you let the dog know it's ok tell him or her Noo let know doing it wrong not ok but also be aware he mite have a peeing issue like something wrong bring vet mite a uti or something along those lines going on . nervous or overly excited those all reason to the mite be peeing

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User in Dundalk, MD
Dec. 16, 2014

First off, how old is your dog?

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Your dog could be nervous or anxious about some thing, I would first ensure that he /she feels safe, comfortable and loved, I would then suggest that you take him/her to see the Vet, for examination and investigation, he/she could be have some for of urinary infection or some other developing problem, In the mean time to prevent stains on floor, beds and other surfaces, I suggest that you get him/her diapers with pods to wear untill this is over, and if all fails, he/she may need to ne retrained, Very best of luck, I hope your dog will be back to his /her former self soon.

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User in Miami, FL
June 9, 2015

Maybe it's because he wants to get attention because he feels there is something different at home about the ambient or his human parents.

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I found the answer, presuming you've had your dog checked at the vet. Buy a pair or two of these: Doberman Security SE-0104-2PK Motion Detector Alarms. They're inexpensive and available on Amazon. Get a 9V battery for each (also cheap on Amazon in their generic brand as an 8 pack). They are small and have a 15 foot range. The sound emitted is ear piercing so I put two rows of masking tape over the slits where the sound is emitted. Your dog will come running without soiling the room. Let your dog out and he/she will do their business out there. Problem solved.

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My question for the owner would be, is the dog neutered?

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Laura in Garner, NC
Feb. 9, 2018

Sometimes a pet's bathroom habits change when they are not feeling well or sick. A Vet would be a great idea to start with. Assuming he's not sick, I would try a few things. Take him walking a few times more than you normally would each day. Praise him (in a mega way) for any pees and poops he does. Do this for a few weeks. In the meantime, get rid of the odor left on the floor or carpet with a urine remover. If it's carpet, you need to shampoo it also. Pets love to return to the scene of the crime and leave more presents. You also may want to try putting puppy pads over the area to conceal it.

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I have a dog is two years old, she used to know how to use potty. Either crate or outside. Now she begins to pee in my house is very unacceptable. I have to take away her freedom. I force my dog to stay outside on my porch or in the crate all the time unless I take her outside only to play. I learn that my dog is NOT a dog house but an animal good for walking. I need to lose my weight. Why do I have to take her to vet? they just want $$$$$$. My dog is fine and needs a ton of training and good punishment just like you can discipline your children and can learn but takes a long time. Vet just want your money even your pet is healthy and normal and a dog sometimes forgets to listen to you. Just remind your dog to do what it is being told to do. Be patience and keep training and discipline your dog too. A dog will never do it on own for you. You do a job. Good luck.

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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 http://bit.ly/1Tm6XWg online dog trainer. . It's cheap but it delivered the needed result, we are not ashamed to invite some guests over anymore.

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User in Largo, FL
June 5, 2015

Is he peeing normal when he goes outside? If so, try to figure out if he needs a little more reinforcement training. If this doesn't work or if he's taking long to pee or doesn't seem himself have a vet check him out to make sure it's not some extremely painful urinary track problem.

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User in Andrews, TX
June 4, 2015

The best thing to do is call to his vet!

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