Bea Benn: Why my dog keeps peeing on my bed?
My husband and I are taking care of a two year old sausage dog for a month. His owner cannot keep her anymore so he let her with some friends that treated her badly, when we heard about the abuse, we offered to house her for the time being, until she finally gets her vaccinations and can go overseas to her final home. Shes a lovely dog, and shows so much love-specially to my husband-but shes peed on our bed three times in a matter of two weeks.Shes aware that shes not allowed in the bedroom, but she keeps sneaking in. She doesnt have an urinary problem, and this last time shes been spanked in the bottom, but im really lost as in what to do or why is this behavior repeating itself. Thanks in advance.
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Answer by Caitlin
In the wild dogs will pee over their leaders scent in order to mask theirs because they feel vulnerable, or fearful. The dog was feeling safe at your home, but was still vulnerable and fearful, so she was going to where your scent was strongest and hiding her scent. She also is probably very submissive, to the extreme, and this type of behavior is even more common in that case as well. So, it was a mix of both. And that is why your dog was peeing on your bed.
Get good scent removing spray (Nature's Miracle is the best in my opinion) and clean the mattress the best you can. Do your best to keep the doors closed. Lastly and most importantly, continue to build on her confidence with positive training and love. Teach her some tricks, give her a small job (like fetching your slippers), make her feel important and like she has a purpose for you, and praise, praise, praise. :o)
Answer by Lorraine
Spanked in the bottom is going to do no GOOD whatsoever and possibly a lot of harm.
You must keep her out of the bedroom. Surely you can shut the door or a couple of doors and leave her in more of a restricted area.
Answer by Leanne
One of my dogs has recently started doing this on my bed. I changed my bed sheets on Monday and on Tuesday morning he had peed on them. So I changed them again yesterday and he literally just jumped up on my bed a few minutes ago, whilst I was in it and defiantly peed on them again! I think this is him just scent marking, because he gets out plenty and my other dog doesn't do this (as far as I'm aware). So I gave him a row, smacked his naughty bottom and put him outside. Bad dog!
Answer by Astaroth
I think she is trying to find her position in the pack. She needs to be shown that whilst she is cared for, she is still the bottom of the pack. It may seem kinda gross but put some of your worn clothes in her dog bed (wear something slobby, something that you don't mind getting ruined, for a while) Take her for a run in the morning and again in the evening. I'm not talking about dragging her around but a reasonable trot. I appreciate that there is not much Kudos running with a sausage dog but it helps with the pack mentality. When anyone enters your home (Your husband and you included) they must completely ignore the dog until they have greeted everyone else and sat down and only then call the dog over and given fuss. NEVER feed her scraps from the table. If you wish to give her leftovers, then AFTER everyone else has finished, put them into her food bowl. NEVER hit her. Dogs don't get hit in the wild so they don't understand it. If punishment is needed then do the following:
1) tap under the chin for minor indiscretions.
2) Gentle tug on the ear for naughtyness
3) Grab the scruff of the neck for bad behaviour
4) Alpha roll for dangerous or aggresive behaviour (Force dog onto back and pin it there until it becomes submissive. Some trainers put their hand on the dogs genitals but this can be a bit weird)
Treating behaviour problems can be hard work but most of the time it is training the owners more than the animal.
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