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Old 11-17-2010, 08:59 PM
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My dog pees on the floor when I leave the house....HELP!

My five and a half month old mini poodle who is pee pad trained and ALWAYS goes on his pad (in the living room) when you're home keeps peeing at the front door when I leave the house. It only happens if he's left alone too. Like if my boyfriend is here he's fine and vice versa. It only happens when no one is home.

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Old 11-17-2010, 09:08 PM
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Have you considered crate training? He has learned to go on the pads in front of you but clearly does not know what to do when you are not there to watch.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:12 PM
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Well when we're not here he'll use the pad too (we've put out clean ones and come back to see he had relieved himself on them) its just that he's peeing as we're walking out the door or just seconds after we've left.
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When a dog is still that young they need constant supervision or restriction. I would suggest crate training or using an x-pen.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:44 AM
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Sorry, I guess I should have given more information. When he's in the crate he does the same exact thing. As you're leaving, he'll take a break from crying and squat down and relieve himself. Even if he just went he'll manage to pee at least a few drops.
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Could be anxiety. If he's crying you need to start crate training all over again. He should be slowly introduced to it and it should be all positive reinforcement training and should either be crated or not when you leave. Only crating him sometimes will feel more like a punishment I would think.
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Exactly, that's why we stopped crating him because he was acting like we were trying to kill him. He would freak out. I read tons of books on the correct way to crate training and how it should be like his bedroom and give him lots of treats for going in there. It didn't matter how positive of an experience I tried to make it he still would freak out. I'd try to give him a treat before I put him in the crate and he would just totally ignore it. I tried giving it to him in the crate, same thing. Sometimes I'd come home and he still hadn't eaten the treat (always give him his favorite treat too). If he would see shoes being put on or a jacket he would either just sit there and cry hysterically or pee on the floor right in front of you.

I guess we need to start all over again with the crate....Thanks for the advice.
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Unless there is a medical problem, a 4-yr old dog should not be making mistakes in the night. But since he has shown he can't be trusted right now then you need to treat him like an un-housebroken puppy again, until he can prove himself.
Take his water away at about 7 pm and give him lots of chances to pee just before you go to bed. I would either tether him to my wrist on a 2-3 foot leash (if he is sleeping in bed with you) or on the same short leash to the bed. Just long enough for him to stand up, turn around and lay down again - but not so long that he can go pee somewhere and then return to a dry, warm bed. Crating him (in the bedroom) would be another alternative to the tether.
If he wakes up and seems frantic to potty then you can take him out (make it very business like - its no time for play or loving), but if he just seems a little uncomfortable, try to tell him to lay down and go to sleep again. It might be that this has just become a new habit in the night and he needs to be told that he is to sleep through the night and not get up.
Then get up in a timely manner in the morning and let him out to releive himself.
Some good exercise before bed should help aswell - he will sleep more deeply if he is tired.
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Hello everyone!

Wanted to jump in on this topic because I am experiencing a similar issue, except that the moment of urination is when I return home from an extended absence and it is accompanied by obvious submissive behavior.

Well, I've had my dog just shy of 1.5 months, so things are very early still... more or less. My pup has had a submissive urination problem that I posted about before and it would result pretty much any time there was any correction or firmness in my voice... (here is thread: http://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...rection-10299/)

In any case, based on the advice, I've remained patient and consistent. The problem no longer really occurs when I am at home, even with correction or firmness in the voice (though he will still sulk/mope for a minute or two). So, our weekends are just great... hardly any issues (0-2 issues per weekend!).

So, at this point, our issues are usually Monday through Friday... lunch and evening when I return home from work.

As I approach the door, I can hear the dog running toward and barking at the door, thinking its an intruder etc. (Normal behavior). As soon I as open the door and he recognizes that it is me, without saying a word, the dog instantly gets submissive and urinates as he creeps toward me.

(I notice that he is also quite "aroused", if you know what I mean, any time I return home.)

I am also crate training the dog and this issue does not seem to happen when he is crated, although he is in a similar state of arousal... but he doesn't mope and usually does not urinate. But, since I have a large house and a large contained backyard, I'd love to let him roam while I am gone 8 hours a day (2x 4 hours as I still come home for lunch to be with him).

So, knowing that this is a very sensitive dog, my guess is that he feels my leaving for hours is a punishment and, when I return, he is showing me the submissive behavior as a result.

Any ideas? Am I off base? How can I get him to realize that I am not upset with him because I leave for work every day?
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He probably does not think you are upset, but thinks you are abandoning him, effectively kicking him out of the pack. He's trying to be submissive to gain your approval and acceptance again. he does not understand you have to go to work, he just knows you left him and now you are back to give him another chance to rejoin the pack. He's trying his darndest to please you. Same for both dogs mentioned here. They just want you to accept them and, leaving them is not doing it for them, they think they have to start all over at being good pack members.

Teach them sit, make them sit for affection as you leave, then again when you get home, or in and out of the crate. They cannot pee if they are sitting and, with a bit of work, they will come to see sitting as a proper pack greeting method, thus winning your acceptance each time they do it. In a week or two you should have a dog that sits instead of pees to show the ultimate submission, greet you and, ask for confirmation of its acceptance in your family.
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