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Old 03-22-2012, 04:28 PM
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Dog Peeing at Night!

I have a 3 and a half year old Shih tzu. She is having bathroom issues during the night. Her, and my two other dogs, sleep in the bedroom with me. The two other dogs can hold it during the night. I let them all out multiple times after work until I go to bed. They are crated during the day and she holds it then but during the night she is peeing almost every night now. During the last two weeks, I have decided to put up a gate and keep her in a small bathroom in my bedroom at night. She is peeing in there as well even though she doesn't have much room. I was told they most likely wouldn't pee in places where they don't have much room and would have to lay in it. Do I need to give her even less room? The bathroom area is very tiny already. I punish her every time I see she has peed. I have considered putting her in a crate at night (and may if it comes down to it) but she is the type that will whine all night if I do. Please help. I need to fix this problem! Any suggestions as to what more I can do?
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Take her to the vet to check for a urinary tract infection.

The punishment will not fix this problem, as you are noticing and is only traumatizing the dog and teaching her to fear you.
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I think maybe you should take her to the vet, as Tess suggested.

Please don't punish her. It's not going to help at all. Fear is not a good training method.
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I have a 3 and a half year old Shih tzu. She is having bathroom issues during the night. Her, and my two other dogs, sleep in the bedroom with me. The two other dogs can hold it during the night. I let them all out multiple times after work until I go to bed. They are crated during the day and she holds it then but during the night she is peeing almost every night now. During the last two weeks, I have decided to put up a gate and keep her in a small bathroom in my bedroom at night. She is peeing in there as well even though she doesn't have much room. I was told they most likely wouldn't pee in places where they don't have much room and would have to lay in it. Do I need to give her even less room? The bathroom area is very tiny already. I punish her every time I see she has peed. I have considered putting her in a crate at night (and may if it comes down to it) but she is the type that will whine all night if I do. Please help. I need to fix this problem! Any suggestions as to what more I can do?
How long has she had this issue? Did you change something when this started happening? Little changes can cause this type of behavior. Even changing cleaners can cause a dogs behavior to change.

Saying anything to her about her accidents is only giving her attention. It is best not to say anything unless you catch them doing it. A dog wants attention be it good or bad. She is peeing as a form of acting out. No matter what size room you put her in she will do the same. You have to figure out what this behavior to stop it.

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She is peeing as a form of acting out.

Oh Dear! This really is a false myth!
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Oh Dear! This really is a false myth!
Why do you say it is a myth?
In the 30years I have been involved in the dog field. I have spoke with many clients who's dogs started peeing which was out of character. After talking to them for a while we found a link to the time it started. One lady's dog started doing this when her daughter and grandchild child moved in. Another one started when her daughter went off to school. The only time a dog may do this with out an emotional cause. Is if they have a really bad urinary tract infection.

Dogs want attention when things change. If they can not get it in a positive way they will do what ever it takes to get it. So I have plenty of experience to know it is no myth.

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Why do you say it is a myth?

Did you read the links on that thread? There are your answers.

The ideas you putting forth are indeed 30 years old.

We can recommend some more current material such as books by Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell or Dr. Ian Dunbar.

You are new here... let me just gently give you a heads up, that you will run into a buzz saw of objection on this particular forum if you push dominance / alpha theory here as explanations for dog behavior and as a paradigm for giving advice to others.

Here is a partial book list

I would also add "Reaching the Animal Mind" by Karen Pryor.
and "Behavioral Adjustment Training" by Grisha Stewart

Of course we hope you hang around here and soak up some ideas. It will certainly add to your repertoire of techniques you have to work with dogs.
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The ideas you putting forth are indeed 30 years old.


LOL
This 30 years of experience not reading books on the subject.

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Experience working at a vets office is nothing when it comes to behavior, sorry, I've been in your shoes as well.

Anywho, this is not a form of acting out, its simply the dog may have a medical reason behind it or she is not house trained,only crate trained. My two chihuahuas sleep in their crate because if they are outside of it they will urinate in the house.
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Experience working at a vets office is nothing when it comes to behavior, sorry, I've been in your shoes as well.

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If this was directed to me..
I have 30 years in the dog field.
I have worked at Vet Clinics, County Animal Shelter, Boarding and Grooming Facilities, 2 professional Show dog Kennels, Was head trainer for County SAR team. Have owned 2 Grooming, Training and Boarding businesses. Still have one for the past 7 years. I also worked as helper then head trainer at a greyhound kennel. Handled dogs professionally in conformation. So my experience is beyond just Vet clinics.

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