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Okay, I have posted in a couple of the other forums. We have had this shelter dog for 2 weeks now. She's about 8-9 months old. She is really housebroken. Has never pooped in the house yet and doesn't pee EXCEPT on area rugs/door mats, etc...

We have a rabbit and there is one room the rabbit hops around in that the dog "was" allowed in. She started peeing on the rugs in that room (one long runner, two small carpet squares, and one door mat). We washed them all and immediately when she goes in she pees. We have tried taking her out first, catching her in the act and then taking her out but still the behavior is if she gets access to the room, she pees on the rug. SO for the past week, she hasn't been allowed in there so no accidents in the house. TILL TODAY....

Today we had people over for a birthday party and we put our big huge area rug back down in the living room and we caught her one time peeing on it and immediately took her out. The other rugs I assumed she was doing because she smelled the rabbit but the rabbit has never been on this rug. So we thought, good we caught her and made her go out so maybe she will stop. She was NEVER out of our sight but after the party we rolled the rug up and found 3 wet spots today. My hubby thinks they are dog pee (could have been spilled drinks). We have no clue when she could have done them since either there were people there and she wasn't or she was here alone with us and never alone in that room. We have to have the area rug because it's where my kids lie to watch tv, etc... otherwise it's hardwood floor. They like to play in the floor, etc.... So I need to know if there are any solutions. We are using a odor neutralizing spray. This rug is too big to wash and washing the others did nothing to stop her.

Suggestions? She doesn't seem to stop when we catch her, at least not on the others. I don't want to keep her in her crate all the time because I think that's cruel but honestly, she can't rule this house like this because it's not fair to my kids that they can't play in the room anymore, etc...

HELP????? Is there a spray that would work or something? Will getting her spayed help at all??? She is scheduled to be spayed on 9/8.

Kristy
 

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Your dog is not housebroken if she's peeing inside anywhere.

The dog is 8 to 9 months? Do you know any history?

Usually I find the fastest way to fix many doggy issues is to find a mentor dog. There's likely some history that you're not aware of. There is no better teacher than a balanced dog of the same sex. Do you have a friend with a female dog that yours gets along with that you can borrow for a few hours a day? Generally when your dog observes another dogs correct behavior - like letting you know they need to go out to pee - they will follow suit.
 

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I guess it just doesn't make any sense to me at all. When there are no rugs, she's 100% trained. She has gone now 7 days without peeing in the house, always goes to the door.

We don't know anyone with a indoor female dog. She was a stray so we know nothing. She will go outside and pee and then pee on a rug immediately.

I am not sure how to react to her when she does it. We put her outside and say "NO, OUTSIDE", BUT she knows to go outside and pee. She always does but not if there is a rug down and it will be immediately after she goes outside to pee.
 

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If the rugs are the problem, and you've removed them, maybe stay par for the course for now. Who knows what her past was, maybe the dog was paper trained or similar and she sees the rug as such.

Steam clean the rugs, put one down in a few weeks and see what she does.
 

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Check out this add for house training aids, it is a piece of carpet one trains the dog to pee on indoors Shop House Training & Cleanup products by PetSafe

Who knows, your dog might have been trained to do that. Do not despair, dogs are smart. Just like little kids know they can get cookies from Grandma's cookie jar but not from Mom's, dogs can learn that it might have been OK to pee on carpets at one time but it is no longer OK.
The trick is that you have to crate train for a while, have the dog crated indoors or leashed to you and be watching and at the first attempt at a squat rush her outside and reward her for peeing outdoors. That is pretty labor intensive, but the good news is that older dogs catch on pretty fast and you only have to do it until they catch on.
BTW steam cleaning alone doesn't get it, you have to use one of those products specifically made to remove pee odors.
 

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I agree, if she's peeing in the house then she's not fully housetrained. Dogs that are not housetrained are often attracted to pee on absorbent surfaces like rugs, towels, and their bed, even though they will not pee on the bare floor. Then, like the other posters have said, it might be that she was pee pad trained, or her old owners did not stop her from peeing on their rug.

Limit her access to rugs, for a month or two to give her the chance to form the habit of pottying outside and only outside. If you have to have her in the room with the rug tethering her to you or put her in a doggy diaper. The diaper will not stop her from peeing, but it may deter her, and it will save your rugs if she does try peeing. If you go the diaper route make sure you check it often so that she does not develop urine stains and burns.
 
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