What do we do with our very anxious and nervous dog who pees secretly in the house?

We bought our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever about 6 years ago when he was 8 mo old from a very good breeder. We bought a female puppy Westie just before that. The female Westie is the 'boss', she is a great dog and looks out for the male dog, but is kind of bossy with him at times. From the beginning, we recognized that our "Toller" was a tad different. He was skiddish and anxious. He didn't greet people for months. He is social now, but is so highly anxious and scared. We think this is the root of his peeing behaviors. We don't know when he does it, we watch him closely usually. It's not marking. Sometimes it's thunder. Other times we just find a puddle for no reason. He always pees his baskets/bedding areas. The other issue is also the anxiety...anything scares him. Any suggestions? He isn't kenneled or left for long periods and has a fenced yard to play in. He has lots of toys. We include our dogs in everything. The anxiety and peeing is just hard!!!

Asked by Huey on Mar 16th 2010 in House Soiling
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Pamela       -    Adopted!!!!

Kenneling him may be the answer to both problems.

Having a safe den to be in while he's alone or even to go in when he's feeling scared may stop part of the problem. Make sure you introduce the kennel as a refuge not a jail.

An insecure dog does not sneak off to pee, but he may lack the esteem to ask for a trip outside when he needs it. If he won't bark, put a bell on the door so he can ring it to ask to go out. Reinforce good potty habits by giving him a treat when he goes outside. Don't pay any attention to the accidents (clean them of course), don't get upset, or annoyed with the dog. Learning what you want will make him feel good too.

Pamela - Adopted!!!! answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


You really need to crate him when you can't watch him 100% of the time. This includes when you're doing laundry, cleaning house, checking mail, talking on the phone, on the computer, etc. It only takes a second for a squat, you can blink and miss it. And never scold *if* you catch him. Which you should catch him, if you're watching him! Just calmly say, "Outside" go to the door and let him out to the same spot everytime.

The crate can also give him comfort, (think hug).

Kahuna answered on 3/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer