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    Hi everyone,

    From the moment we bought Bundy home he was pretty much house trained. He would sit & the door and if no one noticed he would give it a scratch. But in the last week he has begun to have 'accidents' on the odd occasion. He is about 17-18 weeks old. He has had three i know of at my parents house, two at my inlaws, and atleast 4 at home?

    At first i thought it might be due to my parents & in laws having a dog each so maybe a territorial thing? But unsure why at home. Some days he is good and others he will have his 'accidents'. He has lots of positive re-enforcement and he it not hit, etc nor is he told off (loud "NO") unless we catch him, which we have only done twice.

    Can dogs/puppies get lazy and do it wherever?

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    I am very suspicious of a Urinary Tract Infection. Go to the Vet and have it ruled out. If not, the other possibility may be stress and anxiety caused by changes in your house. In any case, believe me, reprimanding is a waste of time.

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    I know how frustrating that can be. The only tips I can think of are: make sure you deodorise the stains and try to minimise his chances of weeing inside. So you could try taking him out more often and making sure he wees when you do. And you can also contain him to one room when he is inside. I know others here have tried the umbilicial system - putting him on the lead and tying the lead to you - inside the house with great success.

    If you limit his opportunities to have these accidents, he will be more likely to get into the habit of always going outside.

    If you think he wees more than usual, getting him checked for UTI is good advice too, I reckon.

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    What Beloz said.

    We have a wee dog and she is 2 and a half and will still wee inside if you are not watching her like a hawk. She is "toilet trained" and will go outside if the door is open, but she just will not let you know when she needs to go, and if she needs to go she wont hold on (except overnight, and during the day when we are at work - probably because she doesnt want to toile tin her room which is small).

    We just manage it. Basically when she is inside, she is pretty much confined to whatever room we are in (unless we know she has just done a wee outside and then she has free reign) and I make sure I take her outside regularly (which is pretty often as we are smokers).

    It is very frustrating, especially at her age. And our other dog will let you know by whining (he has a wee wee whine) and if you ignore th whining, he will just hold on.

    But anyway, my point was, keep pup with you wherever you are so you can notice the signs, and take outside frequently. Bascially dont give her the opportunity to be able to go anywhere nside.

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    Thanks, Bundy is contained to the main room when we are out where his mat, toys, & teething bone are. When people are home he is often taken out when he ventures near the door and he does his business. He is heading to the vet Saturday to get the stitches out. We asked the vet about the wetting and she said if there was any problems down there that the antibiotics he is on from his surgery would clear it up anyway.

    This would be correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    We have a wee dog and she is 2 and a half and will still wee inside if you are not watching her like a hawk. She is "toilet trained" and will go outside if the door is open, but she just will not let you know when she needs to go, and if she needs to go she wont hold on (except overnight, and during the day when we are at work - probably because she doesnt want to toile tin her room which is small).
    Lala, you can fix this problem with your 2.5yr old. Dogs naturally don't toilet in their den. She has proved this in her room. If she is still going to the toilet inside, then it is possibly 2 things (not vet or behaviour related). She doesn't consider the rest of your house her den and/or the previous toileting in the house has not been properly cleaned up.

    If she is peeing in the same spots around the house, that is probably the reason. Also, if she is doing it out of view of you when you are home, this can be a sign that a previous "punishment" for peeing in the house was given incorrectly and she thinks "I can pee in the house, just not where I can been seen by you, because you told me off the last time I went in front of you".

    I clean up any dog accidents in the house with disinfectant and if on tiles, I sometimes used bleach. This was to kill any residual odours that will attract them to that spot. Obviously I didn't bleach my carpet :P

    You should go back to puppy toileting basics with your dog. Take her out after eating, drinking etc or every 2 hours. Considering her age and previous toileting schedule you can adjust the frequency of taking her out to what suits. If you can't watch her, put her in her room for a few minutes or use the umbilical system with her leash. And be sure to give your floors a GOOD clean before you start, to set her up for success. Get rid of all the doggy pee smells.

    I also think crating her or giving her a bed in other rooms of the house will help her associate the rest of the house as "the den". Work out what her favorite reward is, food, toy etc, and give that to her when celebrating her toileting outside.

    If she still doesn't sort it out, then she could be going inside for other reasons. No harm checking with the vet or a trainer to help you. There is no reason your girl can't learn to go outside
    Last edited by The Pawfectionist; 02-16-2012 at 11:22 AM.

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    Often with puppies you will take two steps forward then take your foot of the peddle (not take as much notice of them and their needs) and as a result they will take one step back.

    Remain on the basics a bit longer.

    I have an open door policy here due to the amount of dogs I have and therefore toilet training comes along very quickly and really cements the idea that they should go out side.

    I'm also a big believer that if a dog doesn't see a room or area as "theirs" then mistakes can happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    Lala, you can fix this problem with your 2.5yr old. Dogs naturally don't toilet in their den. She has proved this in her room. If she is still going to the toilet inside, then it is possibly 2 things (not vet or behaviour related). She doesn't consider the rest of your house her den and/or the previous toileting in the house has not been properly cleaned up.

    If she is peeing in the same spots around the house, that is probably the reason. Also, if she is doing it out of view of you when you are home, this can be a sign that a previous "punishment" for peeing in the house was given incorrectly and she thinks "I can pee in the house, just not where I can been seen by you, because you told me off the last time I went in front of you".

    I clean up any dog accidents in the house with disinfectant and if on tiles, I sometimes used bleach. This was to kill any residual odours that will attract them to that spot. Obviously I didn't bleach my carpet :P

    You should go back to puppy toileting basics with your dog. Take her out after eating, drinking etc or every 2 hours. Considering her age and previous toileting schedule you can adjust the frequency of taking her out to what suits. If you can't watch her, put her in her room for a few minutes or use the umbilical system with her leash. And be sure to give your floors a GOOD clean before you start, to set her up for success. Get rid of all the doggy pee smells.

    I also think crating her or giving her a bed in other rooms of the house will help her associate the rest of the house as "the den". Work out what her favorite reward is, food, toy etc, and give that to her when celebrating her toileting outside.

    If she still doesn't sort it out, then she could be going inside for other reasons. No harm checking with the vet or a trainer to help you. There is no reason your girl can't learn to go outside

    Thanks for trying but its none of those...she is just a bitch LMAO

    She's not that bad...it did sound like she just pisses all the time in my first post. She doesnt, she knows to go outside.

    FYI, not my first dog.....
    Last edited by Lala; 02-16-2012 at 11:31 PM.

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