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    Hi I've recently had my pup Thor desexed.
    since he has been desexed he is now peeing inside the house even if he has just been outside.
    It seems to be getting worse of a night time, he usually goes into the laundry and a baby gate put up to lock him in. New just trying to get him inside the laundry he pees everywhere! He is also very attached and will follow me around all day.
    I'm hardly ever out of his sight so I'm thinking separation anxiety issues, but not sure why he is only now peeing inside.

  • #2
    How old is he? Have you taken him back to the vet, he may have an infection?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kalacreek View Post
      How old is he? Have you taken him back to the vet, he may have an infection?
      He is just 6 months. We have been back to the vet, to get stitches out he is still on caphalexin tablets. The vet said he is doing good.


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      • #4
        It could be temporary and resolve once he is fully healed or it could be a symptom of something else. Did the vet give you any explanation? I mean obviously he is not doing good if he is peeing everywhere! If you are not happy I would be getting a second opinion.
        Have you been socialising your puppy properly? You haven't given us much information to work on here!

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        • #5
          It could be temporary and resolve once he is fully healed or it could be a symptom of something else. Did the vet give you any explanation? I mean obviously he is not doing good if he is peeing everywhere! If you are not happy I would be getting a second opinion.
          Have you been socialising your puppy properly? You haven't given us much information to work on here!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kalacreek View Post
            It could be temporary and resolve once he is fully healed or it could be a symptom of something else. Did the vet give you any explanation? I mean obviously he is not doing good if he is peeing everywhere! If you are not happy I would be getting a second opinion.
            Have you been socialising your puppy properly? You haven't given us much information to work on here!
            I'm taking him to the vet for a follow up appt this week.
            During the day he is fine, goes to the toilet outside, goes for walks, great in the car. Gets along with the kids perfectly. It's only at night.. he had the cone on when he went to go to bed for 4 nights and hated it but kept trying to pull at his stitches so it was necessary. I'm not sure what information you need or want.
            I think it's an anxiety issue but not sure how to stop him hating bedtime


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            • #7
              Is he crate trained? Usually with my pups I have them in a crate near my bed so I can take them out once during the night and also because it makes them feel safe. He sounds like he has been a bit traumitised following the surgery. You need to find a way to make him feel safe during the night without reinforcing his anxiety, that is why I asked about his socialisation and if he is generally an anxious dog.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kalacreek View Post
                Is he crate trained? Usually with my pups I have them in a crate near my bed so I can take them out once during the night and also because it makes them feel safe. He sounds like he has been a bit traumitised following the surgery. You need to find a way to make him feel safe during the night without reinforcing his anxiety, that is why I asked about his socialisation and if he is generally an anxious dog.
                He can be quite anxious if I leave the house and it will take him a while to calm down. ( my partner says) if I'm home he is always by my side.
                He isn't crate trained just has a bed in the laundry next to his food and water + a toy I was given when I bought him.
                He isn't very socialised we go for walks and he comes to pick up/ drop off the kids from school,That's about it. I'm thinking of putting him in one of my kids rooms so he doesn't feel alone at night.. but not sure if it will help.


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                • #9
                  You probably need to try and deal with his anxiety and attachment to you. Does your partner get involved in feeding him or training him? Can your partner do some work with him when you leave the house? These sorts of issues can get worse and potentially cause issues later. Do your kids have a role in interacting or training him? Crate training might be a good idea as it can give him a comfy safe place to relax and perhaps get him away from being at your side the whole time. Sounds like your whole family needs to be a bit more involved in playing with him and interacting with him. I don't know if it will help but anxiety does need to be dealt with as early as possible. You say he has one toy, have you got other interactive toys that you play with him? Dogs need mental stimulation and training.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kalacreek View Post
                    You probably need to try and deal with his anxiety and attachment to you. Does your partner get involved in feeding him or training him? Can your partner do some work with him when you leave the house? These sorts of issues can get worse and potentially cause issues later. Do your kids have a role in interacting or training him? Crate training might be a good idea as it can give him a comfy safe place to relax and perhaps get him away from being at your side the whole time. Sounds like your whole family needs to be a bit more involved in playing with him and interacting with him. I don't know if it will help but anxiety does need to be dealt with as early as possible. You say he has one toy, have you got other interactive toys that you play with him? Dogs need mental stimulation and training.
                    The whole family is involved in feeding and training him, but I'm doing more of the training because I'm at home the most. He has heaps of toys but any squeaky toys don't go to bed with him and he tries to tear up anything new and fluffy. I put him in my sons room last night, no peeing at all, he seemed quite happy and stayed there all night he came to the gate to watch me if I walked past them went back to bed. I think it's actually the laundry he really doesn't like maybe because that's where I would put the cone on him when he needed it, not sure.
                    I definitely need to be able to walk down the hallway with out him being by my side every second, but not sure how to start.


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                    • #11
                      You might want to train him to be happy in a soft sided crate like one of these

                      http://www.vebopet.com.au/vebo-colla...-crate-7-sizes

                      using the method described in crate games - tho you will have to make a temporary door (could use the baby gate) to play the games.
                      http://www.agilityclick.com/prod157.htm

                      I trained my dog to be happy in a crate and any time she's anxious about something she goes in there, like when I'm going out (she gets a bit of roo jerky when I leave - in the crate) or there's thunderstorms. I don't lock her in there but lots of good things happen there and she likes that she's covered up and protected on all sides. Ie she could and does sleep on the couch but if she's not sure about something - she sleeps in the crate.

                      And I can shut the door when I need to like when there are tradies over... or I can take the crate with me and put her in it when we're visiting friends who don't allow dogs inside. She even spent one pub lunch in it... Much better than tying a dog to a tree in my opinion.

                      And I tried having my puppy stay in the laundry when I first got her and she told me that was a very bad idea. Staffies do like to be with their people. But a dog that is happy in the crate - deals better with overnights at the vet or boarding kennels.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hyacinth View Post
                        You might want to train him to be happy in a soft sided crate like one of these

                        http://www.vebopet.com.au/vebo-colla...-crate-7-sizes

                        using the method described in crate games - tho you will have to make a temporary door (could use the baby gate) to play the games.
                        http://www.agilityclick.com/prod157.htm

                        I trained my dog to be happy in a crate and any time she's anxious about something she goes in there, like when I'm going out (she gets a bit of roo jerky when I leave - in the crate) or there's thunderstorms. I don't lock her in there but lots of good things happen there and she likes that she's covered up and protected on all sides. Ie she could and does sleep on the couch but if she's not sure about something - she sleeps in the crate.

                        And I can shut the door when I need to like when there are tradies over... or I can take the crate with me and put her in it when we're visiting friends who don't allow dogs inside. She even spent one pub lunch in it... Much better than tying a dog to a tree in my opinion.

                        And I tried having my puppy stay in the laundry when I first got her and she told me that was a very bad idea. Staffies do like to be with their people. But a dog that is happy in the crate - deals better with overnights at the vet or boarding kennels.
                        I'll have a look into that, thanks for the info. [emoji4]


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