I have a 2 year old maltese/yorkie mix that I adore. But in the past week she has wet my bed 4 times. And not just at night, because after the first time, I put her in her cage. I took her out first thing to watch tv and she layed with me and I moved my hand and felt a warm, wet spot by the pillow...again. I don't believe she even bothers squatting. She just lays there and does it. She did not use to do this ever. She would have an occasional accident on the floor, but never in a bed. And when I punish her she doesn't seem to understand why I am mad. Also, lately she will not go to the bathroom outside UNLESS I take her out on a leash. She doesn't seem to like when the grass is wet, so she avoids it. So I have to physically bring her into the grass and wait for her to go to the bathroom. Because this is more recent- why do you think she is behaving this way? Could there be something wrong. She has never liked to listen. She is super sweet and cuddly, but a very defiant dog. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
it sounds like she is just spoiled to me. You could have her checked for incontinence, but they may not be able to find anything wrong. If she has never listened well to you, then why should housebreaking be any better. You have allowed her to get away with what she wants, and she does. Punishing after the fact, really doesn't work. My poodle sleeps in a large crate with wee wee pad, and her bed. She has never really held it all night no matter what. She has never peed in my bed, or while we are awake. She knows better, but I believe when she has to go, she has to go. We would love to have her in bed with us, but she can't soil the house.
Consider now allowing her on the bed any more, and making her sleep in her crate. If she is up on your bed, she could feel equal to you, and not care about peeing in your bed.
Why not toilet train your Maltest/Yorkie mix to pee at a place you want it to. I agree with Illusion. Punishments doesn't really work on my dog either. You'll just have to be patient and continue training it. If you don't know how, I've been told by my friends (who is really good in these dog stuff) that : 1)If you see your dog's pee somewhere, call your dog to the place where it peed and take a tissue and absorb the pee. 2)Get your dog to follow you to the particular place you want him/her to pee while letting her smell the tissue. 3)Put the tissue on the place and let your dog smell that part of the floor.
^- It's what I've been told.. But I'm not really sure about it since I've never tried it before. :/ And some other people I met at the vet told me to put salt/pepper on what you used to absorb the pee so the dog will get familiar with the smell and pee there..
I'm not really sure but I'm only trying to help....
First thing to do when ever a new problem crops up is to have your pet checked by a vet to rule out a medical issue. She may have a urinary infection or could be incontinent. Incontinence can sometimes happen to a young dog after they have been spayed. If no medical reason is found for the problem, then you look to behavioral issues. Dogs are all the same whether they are big dogs or little dogs. They all play by the same set of rules. Sometimes we tend to spoil our little dogs and let them get away with more than we would a bigger dog. I know I am that way with my little guy. For some reason they just seem to bring out that behavior in us. If it turns out to be a behavioral issue I would evaluate how you handle her, what you let her get away with and what you don't and maybe seek the advice of a trainer to help you get her back on the right track. It's not to late to change some of the bad behaviors you may have been allowing all this time. Good luck.
I just went through this with my 3 year old female miniature schnauzer. Molly started urinating while she was sleeping on our lap or the couch. I thought she was deep in sleep and didn't realize what she was doing or that since it was summer, she was drinking a lot more water and thus ended up peeing in her sleep. I decided to take her to the vet for a checkup as she wasn't as energetic as usual and not wanting to eat. Turns out she had a nasty UTI and is almost done with 3 weeks of antibiotics. Hopefully her follow up testing will show that the UTI has cleared up. When she was 12 weeks she had a UTI and the symptoms were typical - peeing often but not being able to go, licking and also blood in her urine. Since she didn't exhibit those symptoms this time, I didn't think of a UTI right away. So I'm with Scout in saying you should take your dog to the vet.