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Old 08-08-2019, 02:28 PM
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Hi there,

A month ago, I moved into an apartment with my boyfriend and my 6 year old dog. We use to live in a house (much bigger than 500sqft) with a yard she played in and never had any problems peeing in the house. She had a good relationship with the mailman. He played with her when she was out and she would still bark at him when she was inside (not too sure if this is relevant, just want to provide details).

Since we have moved into the apartment, every time the mail is delivered through the slot on our door when no one is home, she will freak out and pee on the bed. When someone is home she will seem very anxious and jump on your lap.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to get her more comfortable with the mail being put through the slot? I am still hoping she will adapt but it has been over a month with no sign of improvement.

We have tried the following:
- feeding papers through the slot to show her it is nothing to be scared of
- introducing her to the mailman so she recognizes the smell or noises she senses
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...Since we have moved into the apartment, every time the mail is delivered through the slot on our door when no one is home, she will freak out and pee on the bed.
Hi - When you say "pee on the bed" I hope you mean she pees on her OWN bed, not yours? Some history on your dog is needed. You said she's 6 years old. Have you had her since young, young puppyhood? Did you make sure to get her well-socialized? And what breed are we talking about? :-)
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Hi - When you say "pee on the bed" I hope you mean she pees on her OWN bed, not yours? Some history on your dog is needed. You said she's 6 years old. Have you had her since young, young puppyhood? Did you make sure to get her well-socialized? And what breed are we talking about? :-)
Hi there,

Thank you for getting back to me!

Unfortunately, I mean MY bed.. but she usually sleeps on my bed at night as well.

She is 6, I brought her home at about 2.5 months old. I got her from a friend who had got her off a family found from Kijiji, they could not keep her due to allergies or moving (I can't remember).

She part Dachshund, Beagle, and Collie. She is very well socialized, as she goes to the dog park all the time. She also gets along very well with the other dogs in the apartment. She usually loves people even more though, but ever since we moved into the apartment she is weary around certain strangers, especially men who are behind her. She got bit by another dog 3 years ago on her upper back left leg and so she's protective of her behind.

I set up cameras around the apartment to monitor her behavior. She lie on the couch most of the day and look up at the door occasionally, I guess when there are noises. When she is about to pee, she will always look extremely panicked, run to the bedroom, pee (sometimes just a bit, sometimes more), and then run to her bed.

We do not get angry at her when we get home and let her out right away. Do you have any ideas on what could be causing her anxiety? Just a reminder, we moved into a new apartment July 1st from the house she had been living in since I brought her home.
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Could you try some positive reinforcement by dropping treats through the mail slot to try and retrain her initial reaction? If she responds well to you doing this maybe ask the mailman to do the same when he/she delivers the mail (leave a bag of treats on the porch for the dog and maybe something for the mailman as a thank you for the extra effort).

How else to address the anxiety, I have no idea. I have a very timid, fearful Anatolian cross I adopted a few months ago that is scared of life in general outside of the home. She starts doing well and is confident and then something sets her back and we regress.
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