omg can this house breaking get any harder? bentley is 9 months old and is doing pretty good i would say for just starting to be potty trained out go outside the past few months. some problems with that but working on it. but ive noticed that a few nights ago that he peed on my bed just a few tinkles like maybe he got into bed after going potty i wuold hope anyways but tonight i go in my room and see he peed on my bed! this hasnt happened before and im jsut blown away. why did he do this? i normally shut my bedroom door but think hubby left it open but anyways he sleeps with me in my bed and hes never done this and ive had him since 7 weeks old. do you think its because he isnt fixed yet? believe me its next on my list to do but we just bought a home and 180.00 is kinda steep right at this moment to have him fixed. no i dont create train and im not interested in doing so . guess im just looking for a reasoning to this? i thought pets dont go potty where they sleep? i feel like im going back wards with him- i feel were getting some where and then we go back 2 steps. i feel im constanly hoovering over him making sure he isnt peeing anywhere but guess i let him out of my sight for a few min to long. any ideas what i can do? is he marking? i have no other dogs i do have a male cat and hes fixed and he doesnt pee in the house only in his box. this is just so upsetting!
If it is a dominance factor letting him sleep on the bed with you is not going to help, nor would permitting him on any furniture in the house. At his age he may be trying to assert dominance over you but it could be other factors too. I do not let my male Rottweiler on any furniture in my home. When sleeping he has his spot right next to my side of the bed on the floor. It has been written in animal behavior books that some dogs take sleeping on a bed with you as a sign of equality. So they may be more apt to show signs of dominance and test you more often. This is not the case for every dog. If you do not have a crate or prefer to not use crate training with your dog maybe just keeping him off the bed at night might help. Try doing little things to show him you are the boss like obedience training, or when it comes time for feeding have him in a sit stay while you get the food and when you put it down do not let him out of the stay right away. I make my dogs wait 30 sec to 1 min before releasing them. I found this hit home with them…it makes me top dog in their eyes that no one eats unless I say it’s ok. I also put my dogs in a down stay for 30 mins a few times a week, once again assert my dominance without harsh words or reprimands. I give them lots of praise and a treat when the down stay is over. I do a lot of little things like this because I have 2 Rotties and one Shepard, without control my house would be run by the dogs. I hope this helps.
I know you don't want to crate him, but you have to do something to keep him confined when you can't keep your eye on him for even a minute. I got 2 male puppies a few days before Christmas and they are 10 months old now and I would say that they are housebroken. I just kept on them all the time - they were never out of sight. Very draining, everything was puppies, puppies, puppies, but it has paid off, finally. Bentley most likely is showing dominance by marking your bed, so the sooner he is neutered the better. I got my boys neutered at 6 months and so far (knock on wood) neither has lifted his leg in the house and one barely lifts it outside while the other squats. If you haven't done it already, obedience classes would be a good idea. If you've already done them, keep working him so his mind stays active & he knows who the boss is. Good luck!
Was he sleeping there already and left a wet spot? Or did he jump up there, pee, and run off?
I've known Kiba to once accidently pee while sleeping. Dont know if it was she was too deep in sleep or didnt go when I let her out.
As puppies, they both peed on the bed but that was my fault for not taking them out as much. I'd have the bed as the playpen as they wouldnt be able to get into anything.
Stryder's never gone on the bed and he's not fixed and he just turned 8 months. He doesnt mark in the house, but will pee over Kiba's pee (female) and when we go out he pees on other dogs pees and will hike his leg up sometimes. But never in the house.
I agree with the others who have said this is dominance related behavior, he's marking territory he belives to be his. Especially given that he's marked in the house arleady. Seriously, if I had a dog that ever peed on the bed or marked on the bed.. it wouldn't be on the bed again. :P
hello thanks everyone for the advice , Bentley is a 7 pound bichi-poo. i dont know if he ran up and peed on the bed or if he peed when he was sleeping or what i just noticed it and it breaks my heart. im trying everything i can to house train him, we have our good days and of coarse our bad days. He is doing better then i thought he would at first since we have switched potty training methods. but he wasnt really doing very well at all with the potty pads. i just sratch my head daily and wonder where i went wrong? why isnt he trained yet? they say bichons are hard headed and hard to potty train my gosh how hard tho can it be? ive potty trained 3 kids..lol this is far the hardest. yes i also thought it was a dominice thing- but he doesnt really ever act like hes trying or thinking he rules over us- he sleeps with me everynight i know bad but crap hes the son i never had..lol i cant not let him on the bed hes slept with me since he was 7 weeks old i guess i jsut dont have the heart to not let him in bed with me and yes he sits and sleeps on the couches with us- he is with us 24/7 ya i guess i thought so well feels like it but guess not if he can sneak off and pee. but when he does go down the hall way i call him back so i can keep a eye on him and you know what he never pees when were all awake. its at night whne sleeping and i do get up with him when he wakes me up at 3 am some times 4 or 6 am im up and taking him out and always have. i think he just wants to play more thne anything tho. i wake up and look over at him and hes sitting there waiting for me to get up..lol and now when im at work he goes pee on the kitchen floor. and i do go around my house every day with a fine tooth comb looking for pee and cleaning it correctly- my house wont smell like pee i hate that more then anything. i even bought the black light and me and the girls go threw the hole house every other day and only ever find a few dribbles on the carpet. so maybe something is clicking in?? there has to me a differnt method whne ppl choice not to crate train. believe me i think often how much easier this all would be but i dont have the heart to put him away like a doll and have him sit there in a cage. hes a puppy i feel he needs lots of love and atttention and i feel he wont get that in a cage. ya ya ya i know.... im soft on my kids to they rule the nest here..lol along with the dog and cat and rabbit...lol i think becasue i take him out so often whne im home that he doesnt know how to hold it? now the girls are in school so no one is here to take him out . i only work 6 hours a day so im not gone along time. but when i come home hes peed on the kitchen floor.
and beleive me he is getting fixed asap. im calling to set up a appt. i did call on monday to see if they would let me pay 1/2 now and half tuesday and they told me no only emergecys they allow payment im thinking ive been at this vet for years and years and have always paid thier high dollar vet bills when i take my cat and dog in often and they couldnt even hlep me out? i wanted to cry knowing im sure all he needs is fixed and maybe alot of this will stop- im hoping like crazy anyways... i have to make sure i have the next day off from work tho so i can be home with him. i just feel ike ive failed- this is my first dog and i guess you think you love it spoil it like crazy and it will learn on its own..lol i jsut dont know what to do.
Well here's my take, and I hope you dont' mind me being blunt.
If you are going to keep letting him up on the bed becase you can't bear to keep him off the bed because he's your baby... you'd better get used to him peeing on the bed.
Spoiling dogs and treating them in overly human ways can actually work to your disadvantage, becuase they are not human children, they are dogs, and their psychology is different. This is why so many 'spoiled dogs' are obnoxious brats that have bad habits that have never been corrected.
I don't think you understand crate training. It doesn't seem like you do. You are not putting the dog in the crate and leaving him there 24 hours a day. You put him in there occasionally like when you aren't home or when you can't keep an eye on him, for his own protection and to keep him from making mistakes that you will not be there to correct. It's preventative, not punishment. Yout alk about putting him in there keeping him from geting love and attention... are you giving him love anad attention while you are gone at work? No, youre giving him the run of the kitchen so he goes potty on the floor. I don't see a difference here, in the crate he is just in a smaller area where he is less likely to go potty.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 9/9/2006 9:54:54 AM*** Reason: add
Six hours is a long time to leave a dog running around the house who isn't 100% house trained. Since you let him run all over the house he may never be house trained. You need to start all over with the training.
You could put a belly band on him. Many people who have intact males (show people) have their males wear them. When I can't watch my dogs and I'm home I put them in an exercise pen. I have also used the belly bands. One of my males used to mark when he was younger and I would put the belly band on him. About a week ago we had our bedroom painted (the dog door is in our room) so we had to sleep in a different room. My dogs slept with belly bands on just in case I didn't wake up to them wanting out. Luckily they only needed out twice and the belly bands were dry in the morning. My males never peed in the bands, but dogs that aren't mostly house trained will pee in them, but it is in the belly band not on the carpet.
Is your dog healthy? Some dogs have a medical condition and they will pee while sleeping- they loss control of their bladders.
My males are intact, they sleep with me, and they don't pee in my bed. So go figure.
I think this is a problem with puppies at this age as my 8 month old urinated on our bed this evening while my husband was packing a suitcase for a work trip. Our other dog who is now 2 years old did the exact same thing 3 times at the same age when one of us was packing a case to go away. So I would ask if they are stressed or any changes. All our dogs have slept on on bed and this issue has only happened a few times between the age of 8 and 9 months and only when we were packing. It must be a response to fear, the bed smells most of us and when scared they want to mix their smell with the pack. I have not punished but calmly changed the bed, the duvet goes to the cleaners to ensure no smells will remain. I feel sure this puppy like the other one will grow out of this and from now one will not pack with them in the bedroom until a bit older.
I am new to this so please bare with me. I do not have an answer. I too am having problems with my puppy peeing on my bed. I have a 2.5 month old female beagle/min pin mix. Baylee has peed on my sons bed and we have an air mattress that we sleep on in the living room and she has peed on it twice. We have been having problems with her pooping inside too. We started crate training and I thought it was working but noticed today that she has been peeing on her bed in the crate and then the towel that I put in there. Then she peed on the bed today. I am at a loss. I know she isn't very old but she doesn't seem to be grasping it. Please help me. I don't want to get rid of her. Otherwise she is a fantastic dog and we love her.
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puppies could hardly control peeing yet and once they have already peed on a certain place they would keep peeing back on that certain spot. Be sure to train him to pee only on certain spots where he should pee. It may take some time to train but for sure he'll learn.
Hi. New to this site, just love it. I hail from Ontario Canada. I have Boston Terriers. I do not let dogs sleep on my bed until they are totally housebroken AND, know who is boss. If I have one who questions me as the leader then he/she stays outside of the bedroom and crated. I think it is important to determine more of your dogs personality and where he/she falls in the pack hierarchy.