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Since I got Star about 6 weeks ago she peed on our bed 4 times. The first 2 times was the first week we came home with her and I think she didn't know where to go potty then. Now today she peed on my son's bed for the first time. I noticed the last 2 times and today, she pees on the bed right after she wakes up and walks away from her sleeping spot and then pees. She doesn't even sniff around in circles before peeing. Is it because she's still too young to hold her bladder? She's 5 months old. She knows where to potty, because I take her there on a schedule and also she sits or walks around by the door where she's supposed to go. Sometimes in the morning I see her jump off the bed and waits by the door, but if I get out of bed a few seconds too late after she jumps off, she pees by the door. I'm wondering if this is the same case of not waking up soon enough and getting off the bed on time to go?
 

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There's no way I'd be allowing any tiny dog to jump off a bed, couch etc. and you can get special plastic stairs for around $20.

Dogs will ALWAYS pee when they first wake up, the same as we do, and, if she's a pup she needs to be taken to her pad immediately when she first wakes up and at least every 2 hours, that's all her little bladder can hold on for at an early age.

I had a couple of accidents with mine on the bed, but I put really thick blankets down that I could easily wash and they came off quick enough (double layer synthetic) that it didn't soak into my actual bed covers thank goodness. You can also get those rubber backed dog car/picnic blankets that would be perfect until she's got the hang of it.

There's absolutely NO point at you screaming or growling "Nooooooooo" (normal human reflex action) when she starts to pee on the bed if she cannot get herself up and down easily with stairs. However, if she can use stairs and they are there and she goes, then I would growl in a stern voice "No" and take her straight to her pad. Mine only needed one growl and to get carted off to their pad to learn it was not on.

Even today, 1 of mine is still too tiny & too scared to get himself down by the stairs and, as for jumping off something, he never would, but the others charge up & down them like a herd of humpants. When I don't want them up, I simply push the steps away from the bed & they know it's a no-go zone.

Please do your dog's patellas a favour & get some stairs, it's much cheaper than spending $k's on potential surgery to correct if it occurs through injury, strain etc.
 

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when i first got KC i let her sleep with me for a couple weeks but the peeing was just too much as i am a lazy bum and love to sleep :lol: she used the bed like her playpen area....sleep area and then the edge twds the feet as the pee area... i had to wash the blanket 3 times in 1 week...mind you its 1 hour to wash and 2 hours to dry~ so now its been a week or so and shes been sleeping on the floor in a bed with a blanket and tons of toys with another hut bed next to it. she does well now with the pad to the corner of the room not too far from her bed :)

this is her the other morning


the marking....from dexter on the bed...is another story -_-
 

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I didn't allow Gemma to sleep in bed with us until I was confident that she knew how to use her pads, which was at about 2.5 weeks after we brought her home. Then we built stairs for her to get up and down from the bed so she could go potty in the middle of the night while we were still sleeping. She has never had an accident in the bed. Like Dee said, you should really invest in or build a simple set of stairs for your girl to avoid her injuring herself. It's going to be a lot better on her knees. Gemma has no idea how to jump up on anything since we never let her learn before we built the stairs, so when we push the stairs away, she knows she can't come up.

If you are outdoor training, I would suggest not allowing her to sleep in your bed until you feel she understands that outside is the only place to potty. Then, you're also going to need to wake up early to let her out. At 5 months, she should be able to hold it through the night, but if you sleep late, you may want to set an early morning alarm to wake up before she does and take her out for a quick potty and then you can go back to sleep.

One more thing to consider is that if it seems like she's unable to control her peeing lately, she could have a UTI. But if this has been an ongoing problem since day 1, it's likely that she just hasn't learned how to hold it and you perhaps have not learned her morning potty schedule.
 

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I reallly like the playpen method. She would have her own bed/crate to sleep in, a few chew toys, her water and food. Pee pads on the other side. No problems as far as wet spots on your blankets!
I use the washable pee pads now. The dogs seem to be OK with them in their pens.
 

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There's no way I'd be allowing any tiny dog to jump off a bed, couch etc. and you can get special plastic stairs for around $20.

Dogs will ALWAYS pee when they first wake up, the same as we do, and, if she's a pup she needs to be taken to her pad immediately when she first wakes up and at least every 2 hours, that's all her little bladder can hold on for at an early age.

I had a couple of accidents with mine on the bed, but I put really thick blankets down that I could easily wash and they came off quick enough (double layer synthetic) that it didn't soak into my actual bed covers thank goodness. You can also get those rubber backed dog car/picnic blankets that would be perfect until she's got the hang of it.

There's absolutely NO point at you screaming or growling "Nooooooooo" (normal human reflex action) when she starts to pee on the bed if she cannot get herself up and down easily with stairs. However, if she can use stairs and they are there and she goes, then I would growl in a stern voice "No" and take her straight to her pad. Mine only needed one growl and to get carted off to their pad to learn it was not on.

Even today, 1 of mine is still too tiny & too scared to get himself down by the stairs and, as for jumping off something, he never would, but the others charge up & down them like a herd of humpants. When I don't want them up, I simply push the steps away from the bed & they know it's a no-go zone.

Please do your dog's patellas a favour & get some stairs, it's much cheaper than spending $k's on potential surgery to correct if it occurs through injury, strain etc.
Thanks for the suggestions! I actually have a solution for the stair problem thanks to LittleGemma's idea. Now my problem is when she goes into that hyper mode (running and jumping like crazy all over the room), she's like in her own world.
when i first got KC i let her sleep with me for a couple weeks but the peeing was just too much as i am a lazy bum and love to sleep :lol: she used the bed like her playpen area....sleep area and then the edge twds the feet as the pee area... i had to wash the blanket 3 times in 1 week...mind you its 1 hour to wash and 2 hours to dry~ so now its been a week or so and shes been sleeping on the floor in a bed with a blanket and tons of toys with another hut bed next to it. she does well now with the pad to the corner of the room not too far from her bed :)

the marking....from dexter on the bed...is another story -_-
My husband is the lazy bum. Star will always try to wake him up to tell him to take her to go potty but some reason she never tried to wake me. But I'm usually a light sleeper so I usually feel her actually getting up and trying get off the bed. The first night I told my hubby she's sleeping in her own bed by our bed, but no, he had to have her up here because he doesn't like her whining, and she's also spoiled by him in ways I don't approve of. I just don't like the idea of a potty pad in the bedroom.

I didn't allow Gemma to sleep in bed with us until I was confident that she knew how to use her pads, which was at about 2.5 weeks after we brought her home. Then we built stairs for her to get up and down from the bed so she could go potty in the middle of the night while we were still sleeping. She has never had an accident in the bed. Like Dee said, you should really invest in or build a simple set of stairs for your girl to avoid her injuring herself. It's going to be a lot better on her knees. Gemma has no idea how to jump up on anything since we never let her learn before we built the stairs, so when we push the stairs away, she knows she can't come up.

If you are outdoor training, I would suggest not allowing her to sleep in your bed until you feel she understands that outside is the only place to potty. Then, you're also going to need to wake up early to let her out. At 5 months, she should be able to hold it through the night, but if you sleep late, you may want to set an early morning alarm to wake up before she does and take her out for a quick potty and then you can go back to sleep.
Right now she's potty pad training until *I'm hoping* to get a new house. This morning I woke up about the usual time to take her to go potty but she was the one wasn't ready! lol But thank you again for the idea! If mine doesn't work, I'm going to try yours.
I reallly like the playpen method. She would have her own bed/crate to sleep in, a few chew toys, her water and food. Pee pads on the other side. No problems as far as wet spots on your blankets!
I use the washable pee pads now. The dogs seem to be OK with them in their pens.
I actually have a playpen, and washable pee pads. But the thing I'm worried about is her dragging and playing with her pee pads. She likes to flip her pee pad over when she's finished pooping to cover the poop.
 

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It sounds to me (as others have mentioned) she has not figured out where to do it.
She's still young.
I have one dog I don't allow on my bed because she has a weaker bladder and cannot go long periods. So she sleeps in a bed on the floor with access to pee pads (works fine) my other dog has slept with us since day one and (thankfully) has always known to ask to get off to use the pee pads.

He treats our whole bed as his den area and won't do anything on it but sleep.
He won't use stairs so he is dependant upon me to lift him up and down (which I don't mind)

I would probably remove her access to your bed until she has a firm grasp. She may never be a bombproof dog on the bed, some aren't.
 

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in the playpen i have set in the livingroom i have a huge bed that keeps the pads in place so i put a blanket to the upper right, a washablr pee pad below that and then to the left below the bed its the disposable one. she does very well in there after a couple days of wanting to escape in which she did a couple times. now when she goes in there by herself she sleeps and eats and poops and pees with the door open. when it comes to sleeping for the night she wont stay in and would cry forever. i dont mind a peepad in the bedroom as i have wooden floors and i rather she go to the corner which is only a couple steps from her bed than her have an accident waiting for me to get up
 
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