This issue deals with the dog my boyfriend's family owns. She is about 10 years old, a possible Chow-German Shepard mix, and her name is Jazzy. The family took her in when her previous owners moved away and couldn't bring her along. She has high anxiety with loud sounds that has progressively gotten worse. The tap of a fork on a plate or the sound of a soda can opening makes her flinch and she trembles at the sounds of thunder/fireworks. Now, in the past few months, she has been urinating on the floor. The urinating doesn't happen with loud sounds, rather when my boyfriend's mom (who the dog is very attached to) leaves the house to spend an hour or so in the garage. The dog has no problem during the normal work day hours when Mom isn't around. She only urinates on the floor (in the same spot) when Mom is home for a while and then goes into the garage for a few hours. I'm thinking it is a separation anxiety issue. When Jazzy knows Mom is home but is unable to be close to her she pees. She has peed on the floor in that spot when Mom was IN the house several times as well, but only after those periods of garage time. Mom recently went out of state for several days, returned home, then left again three times for work and Jazzy had no accidents on the floor during her absence, but when Mom came back home and went into the garage for an extended amount of time, she urinated. She is a very sweet dog and the family have no clue what to do now. Punishment of course won't work. Jazzy hardly even notices the pee once she has done it and with her nervous disposition punishing her would only cause more fear. I'm wondering if maybe Mom should not give too much attention to the dog when she leaves to go to the garage? Mom will often make trips back into the house for the bathroom or snacks. I wonder if the short amount of elevated attention from Mom and then her sudden disappearance again is the trigger here? Should Mom ignore Jazzy completely when coming in and out from the garage?
The most painful part of this situation was over half a year ago the family had to put down a very, very old dog (15-16+ years) who was urinating and defecating all over the house. It was so bad that the dog, when crated, still messed all over itself. When restricted to a large gated area, the dog still stepped all over its feces and even laid in them. It couldn't hold its bladder for more than 3 hours, was almost completely blind and deaf and very grumpy. They tried medication (some sort of doggy Alzheimer's drug) but it had no effect. They struggled for a year with the constant, daily clean ups. The dog had become very mean in the past few years. It would bite Mom and Dad even though it had never done that before. When they finally euthanized the dog, it was very difficult for Mom. Now that another dog is having urinating issues, she is very emotionally troubled.
Jazzy has been brought to the vet and they haven't found anything abnormal. They tested for Cushing's and it was negative. She doesn't have any infections. The family isn't able to spend more money on large vet tests and with the very specific conditions in which she pees, I don't think it has anything to do with her physical health. They have tried tranquilizers, but they are expensive and yield little or too massive results (there is no change in behavior with smaller doses, but with any more of the drug Jazzy can't hardly walk). Mom really loves Jazzy, but they are running out of hope.
She also has peed when guests have come over since the urinating has started, but on those occasions it has been the situation where Mom had been in the garage for an extended amount of time prior and came back inside. Any help would be highly appreciated
!! Jazzy is so gentle and a well behaved dog besides this issue. Please help!!!