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  • Apr 4, 2008, 04:46 AM
    House-trained dog starting to pee in the house!
    My chocolate lab/mix has never had any accidents indoors. He's 3 y/o and was housebroken when I adopted him and never had any "accidents" in the house until recently.

    About a month ago, I was cleaning up something in the LR and noticed a urine odor and found a wet spot on the oriental rug (I have hardwood floors most everywhere). I had some other dogs in the house so I couldn't blame it on my dog because I wasn't 100% sure.

    Last weekend, I found another wet spot on the same rug (different spot) and this time there was no doubt that it was MY dog. I called him over to the spot on the rug and he KNEW he'd done something wrong because he tucked his tail and ran to get in his bed and didn't get up for a LONG time.

    I get home today and he's done it AGAIN! Different spot too!

    I'm having all of the carpets professionally cleaned this weekend (I'd done that rug myself with a commercial/rental cleaner) but if he continues to do this, I may be forced to give him up!

    He doesn't like a crate and my only two attempts ended with him destroying the soft-sided one in less than two hours and he almost hurt himself trying to get out of the metal one. So I don't think crating is an option.

    Why is this happening and how can I correct it? I love my dog but I cannot have him ruining expensive rugs!
  • Apr 4, 2008, 05:20 AM
    Try taking him to the vet as he may have a UTI.

    Remember that dog would most likely give his life for you... Would that rug?? It bothers me so bad when I hear people saying things like that about the pets they have taken into their homes (supposedly to love, train and take care of) and when something happens out of the ordinary they are ready to toss them away.

    This is one of the reasons that I wished it cost thousands of dollars to buy a pet. Maybe then only the people that were truly dedicated to an animal would then purschase one. Also they need to go through adoption process much like for a child. Then maybe THOUSANDS of dogs would not be KILLED each year because unknowing and frustrated pet owners decided it was just too hard and inconvenient to keep them around.

    What would you do if you had a child and it pee'd on the rug?? Or your elderly parent had to live with you and had Alzhiemers and thought the rug was the place to go or they just could not make it?
  • Apr 4, 2008, 06:45 AM
    You should investigate all the reasons he is doing this. Could be an infection or illness. My dog leaks from time to time but I would never even consider getting rid of him. If your that worried about your rugs confine him to a room or area that does not have a rug until you can figure out what is going on. Taking him outside every hour or leaving him out if you have a fenced in yard might help too.
  • Apr 4, 2008, 08:13 AM
    Maybe you can retrain your dog. My dog pees on the floor from time to timeand I would always make sure she gets it that she is NOT allowed to pee on the floor every time she does that.

    It could be another dog that had just came into the neighbourhood and your dog feels the need to mark its territory. You did say that you have other dogs. So that is possible I guess.

    It could also be a health problem. You should take him to the vet to get him checked.

    Anyway, I totally agree with bushg. I feel that of a person adopts a pet. He/she must be prepared to take responsibility of it. People shouldn't just abandon their dog the moment their pets start causing problems or become troublesome. Its just a rug.
    A dog has a life.. it has feelings. Your dog loves you unconditionally. What can a rug do for you? It may be pretty and expensive.. but to trade all that with your dog? Isn't your relationship with your dog supposed to mean so much more?

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