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Old 08-23-2012, 06:00 AM
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Hello! Dog occasionally soiling inside (on my rug!!)

Hi! i would like advice please.

Our dog occasionally soils the rug at night. She has just moved into my house but this was an ongoing problem at the previous house.

I have a garden but she doesn't make any nosie to let me know she needs to go. I walk her last thing at night (and have been trying to train her using a code word 'get busy!!' to indicate that she should go to the toilet) but if there is any distraction, people, cats etc then she'd rather look at them. She's a bit scared of the dark and is nervy and on high alert.

I'm not sure what to do? I'm not even sure what to do when she's done it! She knows its wrong because her behaviour changes when she's done it - she creeps into the room for a bit of a cuddle and bounds to the back door. If I saw it happening I could say 'no' but its always overnight and I can't tell her off for something that happened hours ago can I?

I'm also unsure how to teach her not to or to wake me up. I walk her late, I feed her early. Should I be putting pads out or something?

I adore her and will do whatever it takes but I'm at a bit of a loss!

Any advice gratefully received, thank you.
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Welcome! I will try to be brief since I'm on my phone.

First, dogs don't understand right or wrong. Behavior that looks guilty to us means the dog has learned to fear you when pee is present because you have scolded it in the past. there's no need for corrections, just management.

Soak and wash the rug in an enzyme removing solution like nature's miracle. Confine the dog at night to prevent accidents.

It might also be worth it to have your vet test for a UTI. This is not done during a general check up, and is often the cause of sudden indoor accidents in female dogs.

FWIW, to teach the go potty command, you say it WHILE the dog is going for a few weeks, they get it eventually.
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Hi gunghojo.
Want to add to seebrown 's thoughts...she may not be able to hold it over night. If she is getting enough to drink during the day, put her water away a few hours before bed. I know that some will disagree with that but don't think of it as withholding water....she still needs to keep hydrated,you are only helping her be able to control her bladder at night. I don't think it's cruel as long as she is getting enough to drink during th day. Heck, I don't letmy kids guzzle drinks before bed because they wake up having to pee and the "gotta go" sensation while sleeping causes them to have nightmares.

Just keep praising the behavior you want. Work on her fears of the dark by making good things happen in the dark...play time or treats. And teaching a leave it command may help to break her fixation on distractions while she's outside for potty time. Scolding for going potty inside may just teach her to be afraid to go in front of you or just to go at all or afraid of you in general. Being afraid to pee would be a bad thing. LOL

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First rule out medical problems.

How old is your dog? Does she sleep on that rug at night, or does she sleep elsewhere and go to the rug to relieve herself? If she sleeps on the rug she may be peeing in her sleep and just can't help. Incontinence can happen in older spayed female dogs. Try retraining her but if nothing helps that may be what she has and there's a pill that helps with it.

Do as Seebrown says and clean the rug with the enzyme cleaner, you'll need to soak the rug with the cleaner to make sure to get the cleaner into the padding under the rug if it is padded. The cleaner will get the smell completely out so the dog isn't tempted to go back and use the bathroom there.

Next, assuming it's house training problems and not medical, keep her away from that rug at night, most potty habits in dogs are just that habits, your's is in the habit of using the potty on the rug at night so you need to keep her from going there at night until you break her of the habit. Crate her or confine her to a room that doesn't have carpet.

I agree with Awp, around two hours before bed pick up her water that way she'll have a chance to really empty her bladder before bed and not have it refilling.
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Hi thanks for all this advice, I should add she doesn't wee on the carpet,she poos!!

She's my boyfriends dog and he hasn't had her from birth, only for about a year and a half, so she might have been told off for accidents before, I'm not sure.

I really can see though that when I take her out at night and there are no distractions then she has no accidents at night. If she is nervy or scared and distracted then she won't go to the toilet and we wake up to a rather large gift in the front room!
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Makes sense.

If you give her a treat right after she potties, also, it will reinforce how nice it is to go outside. Take her out at the same time every night and wait. If she doesn't go within 10 minutes, go inside, wait 20 minutes, and take her out again. That, along with teaching "get busy" should help (remember to only say it while she is going for the next few weeks). It is a matter of building the habit of her expecting when to poop. If it's not TMI, my dog poops at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (plus or minus an hour or so if I can't go out right at those times). You can really time it if you are feeding her at a certain time, taking her out at a certain time, and positively reinforcing those outdoor times.

Cleaning the rug should still help, but if she is having an accident because she really needs to go, she'll go no matter what. I'd still suggest confining her at night, if for nothing else than making clean up easier when she does have accidents.

Dogs learn by association and habit. If you are consistent about all of this (taking her out, waiting to make sure she goes, treating, going out at the same time, confining her at night), in a few weeks, you should see a marked improvement.
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Hi thanks for all this advice, I should add she doesn't wee on the carpet,she poos
Ohhhhh. Well now, that does put a different spin on things. For starters, taking away her water won't help. LOL

sounds like you've got a too-nervous-to-pooper. In addition to the other advice on getting her to go... Keep the praise low -key. Over doing it might scare her too. Especially if it's an issue of being run up on and yelled at for pooping or getteing her face shoved in it from her "other" life. If it's that you think she feels too vulnerable going when there are distractions, try to let her find a more secluded spot if possible and try not to let her see that you are watching her...stealth mode.
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Another quick idea....teaching a behavior to replace the nervousness when there are people and stuff outside might help too. We use sniff cause my pup loves to snif - especially places I ASK her to sniff. It's like worknto her. Her fixation on whatever it was is replaced by something we both like. Special tricks like roll over and high five or take a bow and sit pretty (both paws up) could be good too.
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Hi, I have been having a go at this. Its been absolutely hysterical. She is DISGUSTED at the idea of being interrupted / spoken to / treated during her toilet time. She has literally been turning her nose up and her head away!

I've managed to find a few quieter spots for our nighttime walks though and there have been no accidents since this last post. I am definitely having to do it stealthily, she gets all embarrassed if you seem like you are watching!
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What a funny girl! I'm so glad you're finding ways to make it work. I'm sure she will learn the routine soon.
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