So angry. Lacey's always had an issue distinguishing rugs from pee pads. She was not spayed when I got her at nearly 2 years old, and also had an awful habit of marking all her blankets as 'hers'. I had her spayed last year, hoping this behavior would stop, as she wouldn't have that hormonal 'urge'. However, it's only gotten worse. Now ANYTHING fabric on the floor gets peed on. ANYTHING. Shirts, blankets, pillows, my poor cat's crinkle sack toy...the list goes on. She'll even pee on her bed and then lie on it.
She's getting progressively worse about this, and I know that she KNOWS she isn't supposed to go on these things. She waits until I'm not looking and then she pees wherever she feels like peeing. She then will go hide somewhere and cower with that classic "I was a bad chihuahua" look on her face I'm sure you're all familiar with...and I never gave her any reason to cower, either as I would NEVER scold for something I didn't catch them doing. That makes no sense to a dog.
I don't leave anything around on the floor myself because I know she'll destroy it. But, with a mischievous cat living here too who carries everything she finds and proudly brings it Lacey to show off...it's impossible to keep things off the floor and away from Lacey.
I'm running out of ideas on how to get her to stop this. I can't catch her in the act...and she's so sensitive that if I scolded her for peeing somewhere she shouldn't, I know she'd hold her pee for days afterwards and make herself sick. The one time she heard/saw me tell the cat off for eating Lacey's food, Lacey didn't eat for three days because she apparently thought I'd get mad at her, too.
I can't train her to only go potty outside for a number of reasons that I really don't need to explain to you all. Just please know that it is definitely not an option. I know there are people on this forum who have had similar issues with their dogs, but I've yet to hear from someone who found a solution.
Also, I have tried leaving her in a small pen with just a pee pad and no bedding, and she gets extremely anxious, depressed, and refuses to go to the bathroom at all while in the pen. If I put any bedding in there at all, she pees on and poops on that instead of the pad and then will lie down in her mess totally carefree about it like that's normal behavior.
I love my dog, I really do...but I'm sick of everything smelling like dog pee and everything getting ruined!!