It is distressing to come home to a house that reeks of urine but do keep in mind that your Bulldog is not intentionally trying to get back at you for not giving him the treat he wanted. This is simply untrue. Bedwetting is a behavior that may cause you to panic and stop trusting your dog altogether, but you must refrain yourself from doing so. You don’t have to resign yourself to going home to an unpleasant smelling home every single day. There is a solution for this. However, before you can arrive at a solution, you need to find out what are the possible reasons why your bulldog is exhibiting such a behavior.
The Root of the Behavior
One of the most common reasons why Bulldogs pee on their bed is medical issues, such as urinary tract infection. This causes dogs to drink more water and accidentally pee on the bed. He might also pee again on the same spot because of the smell of urine and until the medical problem is solved, he will continue doing so. Some old dogs become incontinent as they age, leaving them unable to control their urine. If you think these are the possible causes of your Bulldog suddenly peeing on his bed, you should consult the veterinarian right away. Peeing on the bed can be your Bulldog’s way of marking his territory. Doing so sends a message to other dogs that it is his property and they are not allowed there. Marking helps defend your abode from intruders, or at least your dog seems to think so. However, dogs that are less confident will only mark your door or your bed.
According to experts, generally, dogs that are less confident are more likely to mark objects that are intimate to you because they really do not have any intention to fight. All they hope to do is scare off intruders with their smell. Anxious dogs are prone to peeing in bed. These dogs tend to be afraid of something, thunderstorms being one of the most common phobias. When he hears thunderstorms, he will seek solace in bed and may even pee from fright. Lack of house training is another common reason for peeing in bed. If your Bulldog has not been trained or housebroken yet, there is always a good chance that he will start sprinkling everywhere. Although they may try to avoid their own bed, there are some instances when dogs feel that the safest thing for them to do is to pee on their own bed.
Encouraging the Behavior
Now that you know the most common reasons for your Bulldog peeing in his bed, it is time to look for an appropriate solution. If you think that your Bulldog is peeing in his bed due to lack of training, now would be the best time to start changing his behavior through positive reinforcement. Take him outside regularly at the same hour and leave him to play around until he does his business and give him a good cheer once he does his business in the appropriate place. With encouragement and approval, he will continue to do so. If you catch your dog in the act, remain calm.
You may be tempted to get angry with him or shout at him but refrain from doing so because this will only make him afraid of you and less likely to follow you. If you do not have time to train your dog, you can always send him to training school. If you think that the reason for the sudden act of peeing in bed is medical, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. If your vet finds out that the issue is health related, he is in the best position to let you in on the next step and prescribe medications for your dog. The doctor will be able to let you know the possible causes of the problem and what you can do to prevent future occurrences.
Other Solutions and Considerations
It is important to determine if there is any recent change before your Bulldog started bedwetting. Is there any new member of the household? Did you just move to a new place? Are there any strange and loud noises in your house or from the house next door? These stressors can trigger bedwetting in your dog. Take some time to watch your dog and observe. Crate training may be another solution to bedwetting. Although it may seem cruel to untrained ears, dogs, in many cases, do grow fond of their crate once they warm up to it. If you are unable to supervise your dog at all times, the crate is a very good option.
It can be very frustrating when confronted with a bedwetting dog but do know that there is always a way around it. Take precautions and you can start looking forward to positive changes and going home to a pleasant-smelling house. Whatever measure you choose, make sure that you do it mildly, so you do not pass the wrong message to your beloved canine.
By a Chow Chow lover Jhoana Carla de Toro
Published: 04/17/2018, edited: 01/30/2020