How do I get my 5 year old potty trained whippet to stop urinating in the house?
We have a 5 year old whippet who is very stubborn by nature. She was difficult to potty train (it took over a year) but once we were living in a place where it was easy to let her out, she did fine. In the last 4 months she has been urinating in the house. It is starting to happen more and more frequently, now almost daily sometimes more. We let her out on a timely basis; I know shes not just going because she cant hold it. In February we adopted a rescue mutt. The dogs have had their occasional growl and tiff, but they get along for the most part. The urinating in the house did not happen for the first few months we had the adopted dog. We allow them to sleep in our bed, and my only thought is that the whippet is angry because the rescue occasionally steals her spot about and she is letting us know. Are there any other reasons she would be doing this? How do we get it to stop???
on Sep 23rd 2011
in House Soiling
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Dogs don't get angry, or vindictive or jealous. And I'm sorry, I chuckle when people say "stubborn", because I translate to "unmotivated".
In this case I suspect the friction between the dogs has made her fearful of toileting in the new dogs "space". She'd rather risk your wrath than his/hers. Weighing risk -vs- benefit, she toilets in the house.
I'm including a link to potty training with a bell. Start over with her using this method, lots of rewards and praise for going outside. Note that you have to go with her and reward immediately for success. By supervising in the yard you may notice some pushy or intrusive body language between the dogs that you should discourage.
The pack leader sleeps in the best spot. Get 2 nice beds and put the dogs on the floor. This puts you on top and the dogs on equal footing.
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Snickers answered on 9/23/11. Helpful? / 0
Hve you had her checked for a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection?
The most common cause of breaking housebreaking in an older dog is a UTI.
The fact that it is increasing in frequency would make this even more likely.
Toto unfortunately suffers from frequent UTI's and his ONLY symptom is peeing in MY bed when he first starts with an infection. If I don't notice or connect this, he will continue to pee in the house in various places.
Once he is treated with antibiotics, ALL peeing inside stops, (until his next infection.)
Please get a urine sample checked ASAP to make sure this painful issue is not her problem.
Toto, CD, RN, CGC answered on 9/23/11. Helpful? / 0
Have you taken your dog to the vet? Our 8 year old began urinating in the house right in front of me, turns out he was seriously ill without any obvious signs of illness. Course she could just be intimidated by your new dog but quite honestly, if it were me I'd take her to be health checked. Our dog had no kidney or urinary problems it was something else but often they will attempt to draw your attention to it by messing in the house. Make sure, if you do go in, to have your vet do a complete physical. Good Luck hope you get it figured out :)
Tank answered on 9/25/11. Helpful? / 0