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What is Urinating on the Couch?

It can be frustrating when your dog is urinating on your couch and you may wonder why they are exhibiting this behavior. Your dog can easily ruin your furniture by urinating on it. If your dog is not fully house-trained, they may urinate on your couch simply because they do not know better. If your dog is fully house-trained and just started urinating on your couch, you should assess your dog’s environment and determine what changes may have triggered it or if your dog is suffering from a medical condition. 

Potential causes of your dog urinating on your couch include:

  • Disease
  • Territorial marking
  • Incontinence
  • Submissive behavior or anxiety
  • Other dogs

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Why Urinating on the Couch Occurs in Dogs

Disease

Your dog may be suffering from a medical condition such as bladder infection or urinary tract infection, diabetes, or even internal parasites. If your dog is fully house-trained and they are urinating on your couch, monitor their behavior. Watch for excessive thirst which can indicate that a health problem is present. 

Territorial Marking

A dominant dog may urinate on your couch as a way of asserting themselves. When they urinate on your couch, they are marking their territory and will continue to do so as long as they feel that their territory is threatened. Many people believe that spaying or neutering your dog will stop the behavior of territorial marking, however, this is not always the case. You will need to assert your dominance over your dog to keep them from trying to mark their territory. 

Incontinence

Especially as your dog ages, they may begin suffering from incontinence. This is when they do not have the ability to control their urine and will urinate involuntarily. Incontinence will usually occur when your dog is relaxed, usually during sleep. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose incontinence in your dog.

Submissive Behavior or Anxiety

Some dogs that suffer from submissive behavior will urinate on your couch when you enter the room or stand over them. Submissive dogs can be trained to not urinate indoors, but dogs that have been through traumatic experiences may not be able to be retrained to not urinate submissively. These dogs should not be allowed on the furniture. Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety may urinate on the couch because they are stressed by your leaving the home. 

Other Dogs

Sometimes when you introduce a new dog into your home, an established dog will regress in their house-training. Jealousy can also be a motivating factor for urinating on your couch. Dogs that are used to being the only dog may become increasingly jealous of a new dog and will act out by urinating on your couch.

What to do if your Dog is Urinating on the Couch

Your dog may be suffering from a bladder infection, urinary tract infection or even diabetes. If you suspect your dog is ill, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will perform diagnostic tests to determine the exact cause of your dog’s problem. Once the diagnosis has been determined, your veterinarian will discuss possible treatment plans with you. Medications are generally prescribed and possible dietary changes may be recommended. Dogs suffering from incontinence may have a bacterial infection causing them to leak urine. Antibiotics will be prescribed if your dog has a bacterial infection. 

Dogs that are having behavioral issues such as territorial marking, submissive behavior, anxiety or other dogs in the home may need the help of a professional dog trainer or even a dog behaviorist. Urinating on the couch is very frustrating, especially when your dog is acting out or trying to get your attention. Retraining your dog will most likely be required to stop the behavior.

Prevention of Urinating on the Couch

Simply not allowing your dog on your couch will stop them from urinating on your couch. Proper training will also keep your dog from urinating on the furniture. When you bring a new dog or puppy into your home be sure to give your established dog as much attention as the new dog. This will help your established dog to understand that their position in the home is not being threatened. 

Submissive dogs or dogs that are territorial should be worked with to minimize their behavior. Generally, these dogs will benefit from a structured learning environment with a professional trainer.

Cost of Urinating on the Couch

Medical conditions such as bladder infections and urinary tract infections can cost between $300 and $1000 depending on the severity of the infection. Bacterial infections can also cost about the same. Dogs that have diabetes will need to have continual care but the initial diagnosis will cost about $800 to $1200.

Urinating on the Couch Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Othello
Beagle
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating on couch

We just moved to another country and our 9-year-old dog has been experiencing separation anxiety. At first when we would leave, we would leave her in her crate so she wouldn’t mess anything up. When we would come back she would have either peed or pooped in the crate and managed to get it on her as well (the crate is much larger than her, plenty of space to move around). We thought that letting her on her own (not in the crate) would fix the problem. The first few times we left her with free reign of the house she was fine. Today we got new couches and when we came back she had peed on the couch and pooped on the rug. Can we assume this is still separation anxiety or is it some kind of territorial marking? She is very well house trained- we’ve had her since she was a puppy. Only once before have we had something like this happen- years ago she peed on our bed while we were gone. We have no idea why and it was an isolated incident.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Othello is having that problem, and it may be due to the recent changes in her life. Things that might help are to make sure that you walk her before you leave so that she doesn't have to urinate or defecate, keep her in the kennel as that may make her more secure, and feed her at regular times to keep her timing of defecation times regular. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Otis
English Bulldog
Five Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Depression
Peeing

I have a 5 yr old English Bully that is house trained yet every 2-3 months he will urinate on the couch or even on our stairs. We do give him free reign of the house, he has his spot on the couch where he sleeps and has peed on that spot maybe 5 times in the last 2 years and has peed on the stairs 2-3 times. We always let him out in the morning before we leave and he knows to go out when we get home. We don't want to keep him from going on the couch but he has essentially ruined a cushion and we just can't figure out why he is doing this. We give him lots of love and attention, even more so since we had our first child a year ago because we don't want him to feel left out and now our 1 yr old has been walking a few months and is obsessed with our dog, so he is getting lots of love and always has - yet the more that time goes on, the more depressed he seems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a long time period between episodes which makes it difficult to say whether it is a behavioural issue or a medical issue, but since the urination occurs in the same location I am more on the side of behavioural; apart from enforcement of house training and punishment for urination I cannot recommend anything else at this point, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check him over just to rule out possible medical causes but as I mentioned the time frame doesn’t really fit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Gottie pit
Six Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Urinating on furniture

My dog isn't fully house trained but was doing really good. Then all of a sudden she has started peeing on our couch and beds. It all started night before last when a thunder storm hit. We figured it was due to anxiety but now I'm not just not sure. She is a very anxious little girl. I just dont want to go spend a ton at the vet to find out its only anxiety. There hasn't been any blood in her urine and she seems to be drinking the same amount of water as she normally does. I'm so confused!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lola may have urinated because she was scared, and now the area will smell like urine to her. Dogs have very sensitive noses, and can smell urine even when you can't. It would be a good idea to clean the areas well with an enzymatic cleaner, and keep her away from the areas that she is urinating until she is re-housetrained. Kennel training helps with house training quite a bit, and taking her out frequently until she remembers that she is supposed to go outside helps as well. If she continues to have a problem, it would be a good idea to have her examined to make sure that she does not have an infection or another medical reason for this behavior.

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Ciaphas
Schipperke
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing on Couch
Shaking
peeing randomly

Ciaphas has been puppy pad trained and house trained for over a year. Suddenly, he's started peeing on the couch, on sometimes when he's sitting at the back door. For the instances on the couch, he never makes any real effort to get us to let him out. He actually climbed into my lap for a cuddle, then, after about 10 minutes, started urinating on me and the couch. He did it again while he was laying with his older brother on the couch. He's usually a good boy and will use the puppy pads in his kennel. He still goes into his kennel to poop...so I'm not sure why this suddenly started happening.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally this type of urination may be divided into behavioural or medical causes; however this sounds more medical since from your question it doesn’t sound like Ciaphas is making a conscious effort to urinate so it sounds more medical which may be caused by conditions including infections, weak bladder sphincter, spinal disorders among other causes. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a general examination and urinalysis to rule out the most common causes and to discuss further testing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlee
Beagle
9 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

Hi there, we just moved into a new house, and my dog has irinated on our bed twice, once on our couch, and now today on my inlaws couch (she comes with us there often and has never had an accident there). She never had an accident at our house, we lived there for 4 years. She is a 9 year

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be behavioural (a response to moving) or medical (due to age), without examining Charlee I cannot say which with any certainty. You should follow up with normal training and punishment for these events as well as thoroughly cleaning the sofa and bed to remove the smell of urine. If this behaviour continues, you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cutie
Maltese mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

peeing on the couch
peeing out of the pads

We rescued a Maltese mix female a little over a week ago. At first she was great peeing outside when taken out and even on the pad when left alone at home. She was spayed the day we took her home and she was in heat, I took her to the vet 5 dayas ago since i suspected she had a UTI, she did and they sent her antibiotics. The last 3 days she's been peeing in the house, not on her pads and she's done it on both of the couches, this happens when we are not home.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that Cutie is suffering from some separation anxiety which is bring on this behaviour; medical issues like spay incontinence would occur with you at home as well. I’ve added three links below to our training section of our website to help you with separation anxiety and with getting a dog to urinate outside or on a pee pad. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety https://wagwalking.com/training/pee-outside https://wagwalking.com/training/use-a-pee-pad

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Snuggles
Maltese
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

I have a Maltese she is about 7 years old she has started to pee on my couch and bed I scrub and scrub it yell at her and rub her face in it and put her in a cage she was trained to pee in the cage on pads she will also poop on the floor at times and will pee right in front of the cage with her body half in it I really can't take anymore I have a one year old and a two year old and I am sick of constantly scrubbing everything and buying new furniture why is she doing this

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Snuggles may have a health problem that needs to be addressed so that she stops urinating in the wrong places. The best thing to do would be to take her to your veterinarian and have a few basic tests run to check her urine for infection, and her blood work for kidney problems or other disease. If she is healthy, your veterinarian can suggest housetraining tips, and if she is not okay, your vetererinarian will be able to help you treat her.

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Molly
Fox Terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Peeing

My dog just turned 10, and has been urinating in the house. She will beg to he let out, but pee at the door before I open it. Or sit on the couch and pee. Or even pee on my foot randomly. She does drink water regularly, but seems to always be super thirsty. I don't give her too much water because of the urinating problem, but I'm worried. She's usually house trained but why is she peeing everywhere? It's frustrating but I'm wondering if there are possibilities? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are two possible causes: behavioural issue or medical issue; for me this sounds more of a medical issue than a behavioural issue. Hormonal conditions can cause an increase in thirst and this can cause her to have a sensitive bladder causing her to void before getting outside. You would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggey
chihuahua mix
10
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog is Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher mix and she is about 10 years old. She is potty trained on pee pad. Recently as in lately she has peeing and pooped once on my couch... Could it be as an old age and should I The her to the vet to get checked out?????

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A one off event is a one off event, but it may be indicative of something else; if you are not noticing any other symptoms I would just keep an eye on her but if you are seeing other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian. If she has urinated multiple times and defecated once, this may be either a medical or behavioural issue and it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian to rule out a medical cause for the urination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boot
Labrador Husky
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

Hello. My dog is 10 years old and lately has been exhibiting very odd behavior. She randomly peed on the bed and then from time to time pees on the floor. The very latest is that she peed on the couch as well. This is bizarre because she knows she’s not allowed on any furniture. We never have an issue with this. We also never have an issue with her using the restroom other than outside. So for all of this to be happening is completely out of normal behavior for her. Is it due to old age? I just don’t understand how she would randomly feel like she would need to go on the bed. How can we stop this? Please help. Thank you!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to firstly determine if this is behavioural or medical: is she squatting to urinate or is it dribbling out, if she is squatting is it because she knows she cannot make it outside or is it a conscious decision to urinate. There are medical issues like hormone incontinence, weak sphincters, spinal disorders etc… but it is important to determine behaviour over medical causes; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to rule out medical causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I think it may be medical. I’ll go ahead and take her to the vet. Thank you! I appreciate your help!

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Oso
Chihuahua
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
barking

My dog Oso pee on the couch when I leave the room or the house. When I get up to leave he starts barking and follow me. I place a baby gate between backroom and kitchen he try to climb over the baby gate to follow me into the kitchen. Or climb onto couch and jumps over the baby gate. In backyard Oso dug a hole under the fence when I saw getting the mail. I also notice he only pee on my thing (shoes, blankets, spot that I saw sitting on the couch and etc.).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Oso has separation anxiety and is stressed when left alone in the room, this anxiety may cause urinary incontinence. You can try to use some of the techniques described in the link below to help with this, but there is no quick fix and you will need to consistently train Oso for a few months. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety

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Molly
Doberman Pinscher
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House
anxiety

We took our dog to the vet to check up on a slightly hurt leg and left her there for about an hour while the vet returned from lunch. She was held in a crate while they returned. From the day we took her, she started urinating on the furniture she lays on. She had had a slight limp on and off and we had already taken her to the vet a couple of weeks prior but had not left her there.

We have a bed for her and she wet it 3 days in a row overnight since that second vet visit. We removed the mattress and she then wet the other dog’s bed. We removed that one too and she then wet the couch.

Since we adopted her, she’s always had anxiety. The previous owner had her in a crate most of the time and there were two dogs that lived with them that were aggressive with her.

We also have two dogs and cat, but they’re all friendly with each other. Our other two dogs are a lab which she always plays with, and a Pomeranian who keeps to herself.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This seems like a behavioural problem brought on by anxiety, there is no quick fix apart from reassurance and going over house training which may take time due to the stress and fear that Molly may be suffering from. Below is a link to some training guides from our site, each guide has the option to ask a dog trainer for advice as well as the articles being informative. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/behavior

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Turbo
Maltese Shih Tzu
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

Hi my male dog is 41/2 and has been let out to toilet frequently but over the last 3 weeks started peeing on my lounge I shampoo it every time to get rid of the smell so he doesn’t do it again, he does it when no one is home and he knows it is wrong, but I am also pregnant and wondering if this is why he keeps doing it as he normally does it roughly where I sit. He does urinate inside from time to time as he is not desexed and marks his territory. I clean it up straight away to eliminate him coming back and doing it again. He has a companion when we aren’t home as I have another dog a female she is a year and a half older and she is desexed and doesn’t go to toilet inside unless it’s an accident.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Turbo isn't neutered, that may help with this behavior. Dogs are so much more sensitive to smells then we are, and the cleaner that you are using may not be strong enough to get rid of the smell. Be sure to use an enzymatic cleaner, and you may need to block access to that area for a few weeks, until he is urinating outside again.

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Grace
chihuahua mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Peeing on the couch...

Hi, my dog is a female Chihuahua, Dachshund, Min Pin mix. She is a little over a year old and fully potty trained. She has just started peeing on the couch in the spot I normally sit and on my bed pillows. I’ve now thrown out three expensive pillows and I am really disgusted with the couch now. I have put up a baby gate so she can’t get to the couch when I’m not able to be in the room. I watch her like a hawk but somehow she still manages to pee. Nothing has changed in the house, or with normal routines or anything. I can’t figure out why she does this. She has no health problems and sees our vet regularly for check ups. I get angry with her when she does this and she shakes and gets scared when I yell at her. I take away treats and nothing seems to get through to her. She will wait a few days and then pee again. Should I crate her? I’m not a fan of crating but I’m willing to try anything. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You may need to crate her, but this does sound behavioural since it is always in the same spot(s), you should try being more forceful with punishment by laying her on the floor and not allowing her to move for a while after she does this; once you allow her up withhold affection or at that time place her in a crate to enforce that this is bad behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nani
Pug
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

I have a rescue, 2 year old female pug. I got her less than 6 months ago. I also have 2 other pugs, a male and female. Nani gets along well with my other female, but the male is older and grumpier.
Right from the start she peed on my bed and couch. She is no longer allowed on the bed, and just when I think she is not going to pee anymore on the couch, she'll sneak one in.
I started keeping her in a crate when I am at work, and try to get home at lunchtime to give her a break.
When I am home I don't crate her. Today she snuck in 2 pees on the couch. One on her repeated spot and one where I sit. I scolded her and told her to go to her bed. She did, but then came back out to sit in her usual spot on the couch above my head, which I allowed.
I would describe Nani as a more submissive dog. She is gaining confidence with the other dogs. I dont know much about her history but she definitely has trust issues.
When I got her initially she licked her vulva repeatedly so the vet checked her for a UTI (negative) and put her on an antibiotic. Now, I see her occasionally startle and then then lick in that area again for a second or 2. I think its worth getting her checked out again and maybe take a different antibiotic.
She'll go for weeks without a problem. And go outside or on a pee-pee pad. The dogs have a routine. They usually all sit with me when I am on the couch. Nani is the only dog who can jump up on the couch, so she is up there a lot.
Is this something that will work its way out as she begins to have more trust?
Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It might be a good idea to have your veterinarian culture her urine, and take x-rays to rule out bladder stones. She may be having a behavioral issue, as you don't know anything about her background or where she urinated in her previous home. Make sure that you are cleaning the areas that she soils with a good enzymatic cleaner, and it might help to actually keep her on a leash for a few days while you're in the house, so you can watch her and see when she is going to sneak away, and get her outside immediately to reinforce where you want her to urinate. Make sure to use plenty of positive rewards when she does urinate where you want her to. I hope that all goes well for Nani.

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Zoë
Shih Tzu
6 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Couch
Peeing
Misbehaving

A few weeks ago, my dog peed on my bed 3 times. Then she stopped completely when I washed throughly my bed sheets. However, a few weeks ago, when I would leave her alone with my mom, she would go to one specific couch and pee on it, I thought this was because I was leaving her for almost the whole day (as I would leave at 6AM and would come back at 4PM). However, last week she started to pee in the same couch with me being in the house. I put a barrier so that she would not be able to pass to the side where the couch is, and it worked. However, today I have no idea how she passed it and peed on the couch again. My parents are of the idea that to discipline a dog you should hit them lightly on the mouth, however we have done this and she still did it today. Now, they are not letting my dog get into the house, so I would very much like a solution as to convince them that this will not happen again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Zoe is a baby, and is learning. She may need to be confined to a smaller space while she is house training, as having full run of the house might be too much freedom for her at this age. Positive reinforcement tends to work better with dogs, rewarding them for good behavior vs punishing them for bad. It would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't have an underlying health problem complicating this behavior, as well. I hope that all goes well with Zoe.

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Rosie
Lhasa Apso
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urine on couch

Hi, I have a lhasa apso she's 4 years old, she's started weeing on my couch but waits till I've gone out the room then does it, she nos it's wrong because she hides once she's done it, I have another male dog same breed who's 1 year old and they seem to get on really well, but I don't no if it could be a jealousy thing? I've stopped her from getting on the couch now which she isn't happy with so decided to go up stairs and wee on my bed, I don't no how to deal with this any advice would be really appreciated, her name is Rosie I've had her since she was 6 months old and my other dog Hugo is 1 had him since 6 weeks old, I also have a cat who's been here same amount of time as Rosie, it's only Hugo that's new to the family! I don't treat anyone of them different they all get the same attention, I've even banned all of couch so it's not just Rosie in case it is a jealousy thing

Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rosie may have a urinary tract infection or medical condition that is making her all of a sudden start urinating inappropriately. The best thing would be to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't have an underlying problem. If everything seems to be fine with her, she may just need a refresher on her housetraining, limiting her exposure to certain areas of the house until she 'remembers' that she urinates outside. I hope that everything goes well.

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Pluto
Maltipoo
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad behaviour
Peeing

I have a 2 year old maltipoo, he has been fairly good with house training by letting us know when he has to go by pawing at the back door. About a week ago he started peeing on the couch around the same spot and this is probably 3-4 times a day. We clean it up every time and we now even put a blanket over the spot where he goes but he just finds an opening and takes his shot. The holidays ended so nobodys really home with him anymore could that be the reason? He also isnt neutered if that could also be a reason as to why?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Pluto is having this problem! There are a number of things that might be going on - he may have a urinary tract infection that is causing him to urinate inappropriately, he may be marking, since he is not neutered, and he may have urinated on the couch one time and now thinks that it is an acceptable spot to do so. It would be a good idea to have him evaluated by your veterinarian to make sure that he doesn't have an infection first. His sense of smell is also much better than yours, and he will probably smell the urine in that spot regardless of how many times you clean or cover it up. If you can block access to the couch, or remove the couch and clean it with an enzymatic cleaner until he 'forgets' that he urinated there, it would be a good idea to do so. He may need reinforcement or his house training again once he can't access that spot, as well. You might consider having him neutered, as that may be a factor. Your veterinarian can talk you through this process, as well, once they've determined whether he has an infection that might be causing the problem. I hope that everything gets resolved soon.

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Milo
Lab mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

My dog Milo just started peeing on our couch this week. He's done it twice. We've had him for a year and a half and this has never happened. He is crated at night, goes out for long walks twice a day, and out to pew many other times. He lets us know when he has to go by pawing at our legs or "talking" to us. It's been in the same spot both times. In the same spot he sits in right next to my husband. The only change has been in our routines unfortunately; my son went back to schools for the spring semester and my semester break ended so now I am back at work but I don't work all day. He isn't overly thirsty or hungry.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It might be a good idea to have Milo checked to make sure that he doesn't have an underlyng problem with his urinary tract, like an infection. Since you have had a change in routine, it might be a lapse in housetraining for him, and cleaning the cough with an enzymatic cleaner might help. Once your veterinarian has examined him and determined whether he has an underlying condition, you can focus on the behavior, if needed. I hope that he does well.

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Ziggy
Shih Tzu
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Peed on couch

I have an almost 2 year old Shih Tzu Yorkie mix. He is an in door dog who gets walked 3xs a day and is also trained to go on pee pads. We have no new changes. He peed on our couch today. Why? Im afraid it will happen again. He is not neutered yet. We are getting a new puppy in February so would like to fix this issue by then.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ziggy may have urinated on your couch as a territorial act, as he isn't neutered, and neutering may help. He may have a urinary tract infection, or he may have just had an accident. You may want to talk to your veterinarian about having his urine checked, and having him neutered, if it continues to happen.

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Nala
schnauzer-pug
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

miss behaiving
peeing in couch ,

My dog started peeing in the couch and bed about 2 weeks ago , could it be the stress of the loud sound the firecrackers cause these holidays?

She has her sport for peeing inside the houe, she is not trainned to pee outside.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. It is possible that she started urinating on the bed and couch due to a stress, and now thinks that those are okay places to urinate if it smells of urine - they can smell things long after we think that they are clean. It would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't have a bladder infection, as that can cause dogs to urinate in inappropriate places as well. If she gets a clean bill of health, you can clean the couch and bed with an enzymatic cleaner to decrease the urine attraction for her.

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Jack
Jack Russell Terrier
1.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have two dogs, both are under 2 years old and both have been together for nearly a year now. In the past month one of them has started peeing on my couch at night, but I don't know which one but I suspect it is the terrier mix. I have never had this problem with them before, but on occasion at night one of them will be on the carpet too. I haven't made any dietary changes or anything like that.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is most likely a behavioural issue if the urination is in one specific place, if there was a medical cause then the urination would most likely be anywhere he was at the time. The short term solution is to place a few dining chairs on the sofa(‘s) to stop him from jumping up there at least, but ideally you need to catch him in the act and punished accordingly; also make sure that you take them out to urinate as late as possible to empty the bladders. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nacho
Chihuahua
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bad behavior
Peeing

My dog is 8 years old and has been constantly peeing where he is supposed to do but also at night when no one is watching pees inside the house, we started keeping him away from certain rooms but since a couple months ago he started peeing in the couch, sometimes is just one spot, others he pees on 3 different spots from the same couch, I need advice on how to stop it before he ruins my couch. (He is a chihuahua, don't know if it matters but he only has one testicle)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Nacho has only one testicle, he would be cryptorchid and is at a high risk of some cancers as well as prostate issues among other conditions; it is standard procedure to neuter these dogs at a young age to prevent complications. You should visit your Veterinarian for a general examination and preferably to have him neutered (both the regular testicle and the retained one). Urinating where he shouldn’t may be attributable to infections, other urinary tract issues, cancer, behaviour, stress among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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