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Old 01-06-2016, 05:29 AM
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So my dog is starting to pee on my bed every day. Before she only did that a couple of times in the year I've had her but that was when I was gone longer than normal. Because my comforter is really hard to wash in my small washer I'd taken to keeping it off the bed when I'm gone and I bought a waterproof mattress pad. I've been having a really difficult time with her not using her pee pad all the time, she poops all over the house, only uses the pee pad occasionally to pee when I've been gone a long time. She has also peed on my couch a couple of times and washing that was a major to do so I keep a outdoor blanket on it during the day. She has peed on the carpet occasionally. I have pee pads in every room and I'm at my wits end because I can never catch her. When I leave her alone while I'm at work I give her run of my small apartment b/c when I tried to pen her up in the kitchen she destroyed the bit of carpet she had access to b/c her and my cat became friends and wanted to play. I don't really want to close off the bedroom b/c my cat likes to be in there, I really don't know what to do but I can't deal with this anymore, laundering my sheets every freaking night. I supposed I could try penning her up again and making sure she can't get to the carpet.. Also, she sleeps with me at night and do my knowledge hasn't done anything bad during that time so I don't know that kenneling her would do anything other than I don't want her on my bed anymore but I doubt she's going to make that connection.
Nothing has changed in our routine to cause her to to this, I'm quite baffled. I don't know what to do with her during the day and I don't know what to do about the pooping. I've tried putting it on the pee pad and that does no good.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:58 AM
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It sounds like you need to go back to square one with potty training just like if she were still a puppy. I would keep her confined whenever you can't keep an eye on her like when you'e not home or when you're busy. In a crate, play pen or maybe the bathroom. And even when you're home, I would make sure she's always in the same room as you so she never has a moment where she can wander off and potty somewhere. And whenever she does use the pee pads, give lots of praise and treats. This may not seem ideal, but it's only temporary until she learns again.

About sleeping on your bed at night, if she doesn't pee on there while being with you, then it should be fine.
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Thanks. I'll do that when I'm home.. The problem is, all her bad habits happen while I'm gone at work and I have no way of catching her or reinforcing when she does something good.
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Thanks. I'll do that when I'm home.. The problem is, all her bad habits happen while I'm gone at work and I have no way of catching her or reinforcing when she does something good.
That's why I suggested that she should be confined (in a crate, play pen or a room like the bathroom) when you can't watch her (such as when you're not home and when you're too busy). Unfortunately as long as she has free reign of the house while you're gone, she'll carry on going wherever she wants. This is what I would do until it's under control again. Good luck!
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:42 PM
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She's just not potty trained, period. Please read up on crate training, and start there. She hasn't earned the right to be given free run of your house and until she's effectively potty trained she's going to continue the behavior that you find offensive. And it IS offensive, don't get me wrong. But she just hasn't made the connections she needs to make regarding where/when to potty. And not to be rude or accusatory, but that's on you, as her trainer, to get her to make those connections.
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How long do you leave her during the day?
I go with others and say it needs to go back to square 1 with the training. Yes it's a step back but will lead to a greater reward (not peeing on every tom, **** and harry).
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I agree with the others. There are only TWO reasons a dog goes in the house on a fairly consistent basis - either the dog is sick, or the dog is not properly house-trained.

If you think she IS house-trained then a trip to the vet is in order to rule out bladder infection or other illness.

How old is she? I only ask because older female dogs sometimes will eliminate when asleep if they become estrogen deficient and their lady parts just don't function like they used to. Easy fix with a trip to the vet and hormone supplement pills.
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Well, the one thing that IS clear here is that she is not potty trained at all. With that said, why let her roam free? And then get mad that she's soiling in undesired areas. Sorry this is so frustrating for you, as it would be for any owner. But you have to get your dog potty trained. It can be pretty hard to break a bad habit after its gone on for a long time. She has to be confined when you are away. If I were you, I'd purchase a soft sided crate. Inside should be furnished with a small bed, blanket and fave toy. No potty pad. This will teach her to hold it. When you get home, first thing is take her to her potty spot. She will have to go, so don't feed her, play with her or do anything with her before first taking her potty. Repeat and praise. Potty directly after eating dinner always. She should be crated next to your bed at night until she's trained. She should not be running around the apartment unsupervised when you are home either. Keep her in your sight. How does she like her current potty method? You could try putting the pads into a tall litter box, litter train her, or train to go outside. I have 4 chi's, they are successfully litter trained. It can be done. My boy will not soil outside at all, he is 5...it has never happened lol. My youngest came to me pad trained. I use a pad currently because my boyfriend only has one bathroom in his condo, so I keep one potty pad down in our room for them to use at night. 2 of my girls potty pad trained themselves because they've seen Ava use it. If you follow through with crating/crate training your dog and keep at it, set her up for success, you can reverse her bad habits in no time. Trust me. I've moved a lot over the years and my dogs habits have changed every time, and with consistency they've always got back on track. If I can re train 4, you can train your 1. Good luck!

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Never fuss or get upset when there is a mistake. This will just discourage her. Clean it up, move on, and try for success next time. Make sure you have some yummy treats at hand to praise her.
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