why does a dog pee on the bed
One thing I've heard from quite a few clients is that their puppy will pee in their bed. Honestly, a few occasions it hasn't even been a puppy at all, but rather a young adult. Of course, the owners of these dogs are frustrated and furious. They love their dogs, but are at their wits end. They're tired of washing sheets and just want a dog they don't have to worry about. So, what does cause a dog to pee on a bed? The Cause The number one reason dogs pee on your bed is the exact same reason they chew your dirty underwear and socks. it smells like you. In the wild dogs, and young dogs especially, encounter numerous different predators. When they encounter a predator, they have two choices. They can fight or they can run, and neither of these is extremely beneficial for the dog. So, to avoid running into one of their foes they try to cover their scent. In the wild (and often on farms or in the country), dogs will roll in the nastiest things, like poop or dead animals. In your house, they roll in your dirty underwear and,
you guessed it, your bed. Young dogs especially have to be careful, so they try to cover the smell of their urine as well. What better spot to hide their scent than in the scent of their protector and guardian. Your bed smells like you. a lot. so your dog is hiding his scent in your bed. By peeing in your bed, and hiding the smell of his urine, your dog is making himself feel less vulnerable and less exposed. Another Reason Some dogs are known as "submissive eliminators. " Many people find a submissive dog to be extremely desirable (easy to calm, eager to please, good with the family, etc. ).
An overly submissive dog, however, can be a bit of a problem. Submissive eliminators tend to pee. a lot. They tend to pee when excited. They'll pee when they're scared. Sometimes they'll even pee just because someone entered the room. Their pee is actually a huge sign of respect. If your dog tends to squat whenever you walk in the room, then your dog is probably a submissive eliminator. Younger dogs often grow out of this behavior, but if you have an older dog who is still exhibiting this behavior, refer to the post on or consult your vet on local animal behaviorist. A Common Misconception Because your dog feels most vulnerable right after being scolded and often after being left alone, these are the most common times for your dog to pee on your bed. Because of this, many people think the dog is doing this out of spite. I'll often hear, "I yelled at him for digging in the garbage, and he was so mad he went to my bedroom and peed on my bed! " This is often supported by the fact that the dog often looks guilty after such an incident, like he knew he was doing something terrible and felt remorseful afterward. The truth, however, is that your dog is peeing in your bed because he's afraid. He feels vulnerable either because you yelled at him or because you left him alone. He's trying to feel safe again. What Can I Do? The simplest, most logical treatment is to not allow your dog on your bed. If you're not home or are unable to supervise your dog, put him in a. You may think it sounds cruel, but I guarantee you that after a short while in the crate your young dog will start to find comfort by being in it.
Besides, if your dog can't get on your bed, he can't pee in your bed. Next, you want to make sure your dog is completely. Your dog may be confused as to where he's supposed to go. Take the time to return to house training 101. This will do wonders for you in the long run. After that, it's all about keeping things clean. If your dog can still smell his urine from previous accidents he'll be more likely to urinate there again. When you're cleaning up a mess, try using a special pet odor eliminator (I use Hartz). Also, make sure you keep your sheets clean. If you're one of those unlucky people who sweat a lot at night, wash your sheets (including your mattress cover) on a regular basis. All in all, it comes down to knowing your dog. What will set him off? What frightens him and what does he like? Take the time to "read" your dog and work with your dog, and you'll end up with a wonderful relationship. I have a 3 1/2 yr old Who still pees in the house. Lately it is getting worse. He has started peeing on our bed. I don t know what to do about this. I love my dog and have never EVER gotten rid of a dog of mine, but I have never had a problem dog like this. It is not like he has to wait for us to let him out, we have a doggie door. At night before we go to bed I watch him pee outside. Ten mins later he will pee on my bed and pillow. I have just about had it with him. When I take him to my families houses I have to keep a belly wrap on him. Can you help me? The first thing to do is to have a veterinarian check out your dog to rule out a urinary tract infection and make sure he is not urinating frequently due to a medical condition.
You did not mention if your dog still defecates in the house or just urinates in the house. If he is only urinating and is doing so in small amounts in multiple places, he might be marking instead of actually urinating. Marking is something male dogs to do leave small pockets of urine on items as their calling card and to say this is mine. Marking often starts in adolescence and increases in frequency once a dog is physically mature. If your dog is intact, then neutering sometimes helps reduce marking. The reason also could be that your dog never understood the housebreaking process so he is confused about where he can go and not go. Even though he has the dog door, he still has free access to both the yard and the house and he thinks both areas are open for him to do his business. We would re-introduce Housebreaking 101, starting with limiting his access to the entire house and blocking all access to places where he frequently urinates. I would place the bedroom completely off limits. You can achieve this with baby gaits, ex-pens and also use of a crate. We highly recommend crate training for all dogs. Whenever you cannot watch your dog, he should be in an enclosed area or his crate. You need to be able to catch him in the act to curb this. If you catch him in the act, make a noise (like eh-eh or clap your hands) and hopefully he will stop mid-stream. Take this opportunity to take him outside and reward and praise if he finishes outside. Clean all places that he has urinated inside extremely well with an enzyme-based pet odor/stain cleaner.
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