why does my dog pee on my carpet
I rescued an 8 year old chihuahua mix from the pound about a year ago and since, have experienced potty training difficulties. To begin with, I've always had a doggy door, she uses it often and ALWAYS poops outside. She has consistently chosen to pee however, inside- always on carpet. The home has wood flooring throughout, so I've experimented by removing all decorative area rugs and watching what she does. -when all area rugs were removed, she opted to utilize the doggy door and pee outside, every single time- for months! - when I placed a bath mat in the bathroom only and shut the bathroom door and all other rugs were removed, she would first scratch on the bathroom door when she needed to go. I would then pick her up and put her outside-shed go potty-and all was good for a while (with no area rugs or carpeting anywhere she could get to) - when I opened the bathroom door, she'd choose to go on the carpet, if access wasn't available (if the door was shut- she'd go outside) -I then decided, to place a new mat elsewhere in the house and see what happens (no familiar scent (new floor mat placed in a different room, in combination ability and knowledge to go outside -she never ever poops inside and she chooses to go outside if only given the option of tile or wood flooring inside). I encountered the same results, she first looks for carpeting inside the house and will choose to pee there. If no carpeting is in the house, she chooses to pee outside, every time. She will let me know she has to potty by scratching my bedroom door in the middle of the night, so that she can get out- and if I've removed all area rugs, she simply goes directly to the dog door, goes out to pee and then comes back in. however, if I place so much as a mat down, anywhere in the house, she will let me know she has to pee, and instead of going outside, she will hot to the mat inside and pee.
I eventually removed all area rugs, just had bare wood floor and voila- she's "potty trained"- no accidents and no concern that she'd have an accident. Problem now is, I bought a new house which has installed carpeting- and she pees on it. Same scenario, if I block her off to the carpeting, she will utilize the doggy door and go outside every time. If I leave her in a crate, she lets me know and I take her out and she goes outside. If she's in my bedroom, she will wake my up, I open my door to let her out and if I put a dog gate up restricting her ability from my bedroom to only the end of the hallway (Hallway is all tile) and she can still access the dog door-She will go outside 100% of the time. *if I remove that gate inside, at the end of the hallway- she will wake me up, walk down the hallway, pass the dog door and pee on the carpet in either the family room, dining room, or area rug in the kitchen. Her preference is to pee on carpeting!!! Regardless of restricting her, reinforcing outside, etc. the second the OPTION to pee inside, on carpeting, becomes available, she will do it every time.
Any carpet, anywhere it is, as long as it's carpet, area rug, bath mat etc. she opts to pee on it inside FIRST. Remove it, she pees outside. I can no longer remove all area rugs, my new house has actual installed carpeting- restricting her access to it has ensured that she uses the dog door on her own, accident free. But, this also restricts her access to hang out with the family, not to mention it makes my house look awful (gates everywhere, open concept arrangement with dispersed tile flooring and installed carpeting which gives shape and distinction of "family room", "dining room" and "kitchen" (with area rug under kitchen table. The extension gates are just odd looking and basically an adaptation to living in my dogs world, not mine. I need help!!!!!! Why has my adult house trained dog suddenly started peeing in the house? When a previously house trained and well behaved dog suddenly starts peeing in the house you have to suspect that something has changed. There is a reason why your dog is doing this. You, the dog owner knows and understands your dog better than anyone else. It may be up to you to discover what the underlying cause is. Below I have outlined some of the reasons why your adult dog has changed it's usual behavior and has begun peeing (and sometimes pooping) inside the house instead of going outside. Usually the problem of sudden onset peeing in the house falls into two categories. 1. A medical reason. 2. A Change in behavior brought on by outside influences.
Read through the possible causes below and you may be able to gain some insight into your dog's problem. A medical reason is often a common cause for an adult dog to suddenly begin urinating in the house so it is essential to rule out a medical cause first. Many of the medical conditions that commonly cause inappropriate urination can quickly become serious for your dog. To Rule out Medical Problems you need to schedule an appointment with your Vet. Your veterinarian should perform a thorough physical exam and talk to you about what is going on. A urine sample from your dog will probably be necessary for analysis. This sample will help indicate if there is an infection going on, how well the kidneys are concentrating the urine, and if there are any crystals. Your veterinarian may recommend any of the following tests depending on your dog and the urine results: Bloodwork, Xrays or an ultrasound. Dogs do not punish their owners. Some owners are under the misconception that the dog is peeing in the house to punish the owner. Dogs do not retaliate or do things out of spite. Some tips re Punishment of Dogs for peeing in the house. Never punish your dog for inappropriate urination. Don't rub your dog's nose in it or shout or even worse hit your dog. You will only make matters worse. You need to find the reason why your dog is doing this. Nothing will be gained by punishment. Much can be gained by understanding your dog and why this inappropriate behavior is happening.
Punishment will only make insecurities and anxiety worse. Cleaning up Cleaning up existing dog urine is important. When your dog pees on the carpet it leaves an odor that your dog may repeatedly return to. To avoid this try the Dog Urine Cleaning Recipe below. dog urine from carpets which is easy, inexpensive and it really works! Using Baking Soda, dishwashing soap, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide this recipe removes dog urine from carpets and rugs even if the urine has dried and is old. Retraining your dog Often your adult dog just needs a short refresher course in house training. With a little reminder, most dogs get right back to their good potty habits. You can also help prevent accidents by keeping your dog away from the area they have been going potty in. A baby gate or closed door can easily restrict your dogs access. Read this for more advice. Schedule: Take your dog outside on a set schedule. Your adult dog should be able to hold their urine for 4-8 hours depending on their activity level. Set a schedule and stick to it every day. Reward: Go outside with your dog each time. Take a tasty food treat. When your dog goes potty in the correct place, praise them and offer a food reward. This will help your dog want to go potty in the right place. Consistency: Your consistency in training is the key to your dogs success. Stick with your training plan and you will see fast results. The more consistent you are, the faster your dog will get back on track. Useful information.
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