Has ANYONE out there dealt with this issue. We have a 5 month old Cocker Spaniel that has been soiling her sleep area lately, or other areas that she lounges at, like the couch? This is just weird to me, being that EVERYTHING I have read states that pups normally don't do that. I need advice on this one. Thanks!
I haven't personally dealt with this issue but I have heard it is best to strip the sleeping area to the bare minimum.
Also, what type of schedule/routine do you have her on for training? Do you actively use her crate for training or just for sleeping? Might need to make some adjustments to better fit her ability to get where she is supposed to go, and when down.
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At 5 months, the pup is too young to have full access to the house. If you can't watch him/her with both eyes, the pup should be in the crate. The crate should only be large enough for them to go in, and lay down, if you give them more room than that, they will be able to "go" and still stay far enough away to not bother them. Like pope said, if you give us more info on what you are currently doing, we can help you out better.
I had a dobie that had a similar problem, yet she was already completely crate & housebroken. It was ONLY when she fell into a deep sleep, that she would pee. She was spayed, with the hopes that it'd help, yet it only made it worse. She was tested by several vets, yet none could find anything wrong with her, or a cause for it.
She's going on 3 years now and is in a great home traveling to Germany & Canada, as well as the USA, getting her obedience & agility titles along the way, but she has to wear a diaper almost all the time, as she continues to pee in her sleep.
I would highly recommend the previous advice, to crate train first, to eliminate the factor that perhaps the dog isn't completely housebroken yet. After that, I'd get the dog tested by a vet or two, to see if there is something off. A lot of times, getting the dog fixed, will help as well. In my case, I wasn't so lucky though..but hey, it beat having to deal with her heat cycles & peeing!
Well it seems that we got a pup that our vet categorized as being the runt of the litter, and suffers from severe seperation anxiety. She won't eat unless someone is in the same room. That's how much she suffers from seperation from us. So feeling bad for her, we let her eat until she eats all her food in the evening and has all the water she can when we get home, cause she won't eat it throughout the day, because we are not there.
We've tried the crate training early on, but she did not take to the crate at all. I think the first step is keeping on her a tight eating schedule, then bring the crate back into the picture, now that she is older.