You're in that place between dreams and reality. You hear the sound of a babbling stream as you drift off. But wait! There are no rivers in your house! You shoot out of bed as you clue into what's happening. Sure enough, a golden puddle awaits you smack dab in the middle of your living room.
Anyone who's dealt with a midnight urinator knows how much of pain this bad habit can be. But why would a dog who is otherwise house trained insist on “going” inside after the sun goes down? Finding that out will help you better address the situation.
Peeing at night can happen for a whole heap of reasons. Sometimes it's just a matter of not being supervised before potty training is complete. Other times, your dog could be marking his territory in a spot that he previously peed on and can still smell.
Another reason that younger pups have night time accidents has to do with when they eat and drink. Their bladders are small, and empty faster than older pooches. If you're giving your youngster a giant bowl of water before bed, she might not be able to hold it until morning. Thankfully, most of these problems are fixable!
To help your fur buddy make it through the night with no accidents, you'll need to be prepared. Try to come to the table with the following:
Peeing inside at night can also be a sign that your dog isn't feeling so hot. It's a good idea to get a full check-up to make sure all is well before trying to train your dog out of this unpleasant habit.
Below are some methods that you can use to help both Rover and you sleep through the nights. Remember, if you catch your pooch in the act of peeing inside, don't freak out! Clap your hands loudly and give a firm “no!”, then lead the dog outside.
How to prevent not to pee at night at night
Hello Kartikey, While sleeping most dogs' bladders become less active, making it easier for them to hold it until morning. While your dog is awake his bladder will be active though and he will not be able to hold it for as long. First of all, make sure that you are taking him outside to go potty right before it is time to go to sleep for the night, and not one or two hours beforehand. When you take time out, watch him and make sure that he actually eliminates. Some dogs will get distracted outside and will not eliminate, and then they will have to go in the middle of the night, which causes accidents because you are sleeping. Once he wakes up in the morning, his bladder will "wake up" too, so you will need to take him to the bathroom right away. Not thirty minutes or an hour later, but right away. Most dogs naturally will "hold it" when they are in a confined space, to keep from eliminating where they are eating or sleeping. For this reason, try putting him into a crate at night to encourage him to hold it. This will only work however if he eliminated right before bed and again as soon as he wakes up in the morning. Crating him will encourage him to try to hold it for longer though, and it will help him break the bad habit of going in your home. Make sure that any accidents that he has had before, have been cleaned up well with a pet safe spray that contains enzymes. It is the enzymes in the spray that break down the protein in the pee and poop so that your dog can no longer smell it. If your dog can still smell where he eliminated before, then the smell will encourage him to go there again and cause confusion. Just because people can no longer smell it does not mean that a dog cannot, since their since of smell is much better than ours. Also avoid cleaners containing ammonia because ammonia smells like urine to a dog. Make sure that you take away all food and water two hours before bedtime, and do not give it back to him until after he has eliminated in the morning. His last drink and meal for the day need to happen at least two hours before bed so that his body can shut down for sleep and not be digesting still. Otherwise, if his body is still digesting, he will need to eliminate. If you do all of these things and are still having problems, then visit your veterinarian. A dog at two years of age can normally hold his bladder for ten hours overnight so long as he eliminates right before bed and right when he wakes up, does not eat or drink during the two hours right before bed, is encouraged to hold his bladder by being confined at night, is not encouraged to pee inside by old pee or poop smells, and has been potty trained in your home before so that he understands that he is not supposed to eliminate inside. If he is still having accidents after all of these things, then he might have a medical issue such as a urinary tract infection or incontinence, that effect his ability to hold his bladder for long periods of time. If this is the case, the problem will not get better until it has been treated. Urinary tract infections can also lead to kidney infections, which are dangerous if left untreated. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Fiona is a sweet dog. She has been challenging to potty train, lately she has been peeing in the house over night. My husband goes to bed late and I am up early so it is a matter of about 5 hours. I know she can hold it longer than that, but she doesn't. I read some of the tips you have posted to another person and will try that.
Another issue which might not be training is she gets car sick. It is rare that we can take her anywhere without her getting sick. We have tried dramamine, thunder shirt, car seat facing out, car seat hammock so she has the back seat to roam and crating her, Nothing seems to work, maybe that will never change. Any thoughts?
Hello Ellen, In addition to following the other advise that you already read to make sure that she has the physical capacity to hold it, is eliminating outside before bed, and is not drinking too close to bedtime, I would suggest crating her at night until she forms a consistent habit of holding her bladder at night. When you crate her make sure that her crate is large enough for her to stand up, turn around, and lay down, but not large enough for her to eliminate in one end and stand away from it in the other end. If she cannot get away from her own urine and feces, then most dogs have a natural instinct to not soil their dens where they sleep or eat, and will try to hold it. Normally you should be able to capitalize on that instinct to break the habit of peeing at night and to teach her a new habit of holding her bladder. For the house breaking in general, a strict crate training protocol that includes tethering her to yourself with a leash while she is out of the crate will probably break her habit of eliminating inside more quickly than other methods. That method requires you being at home a lot during the day though. To get her comfortable with the crate, if you have not already done so, check out this Wag! article I have linked bellow: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate If you decide to use crate training during the day too, then here is another good article with steps for that and for tethering: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Some dogs genetically do get car sick because of the motion, in which case you will need to ask your vet about options. The majority of dogs get sick because of over excitement and anxiety though. If you treat the anxiety and excitement, you can often eventually improve the car sickness. The first thing to do is to ensure that she is safely confined in the car when you get to the point off going places again, which I will talk about. The lying down position is the best for preventing motion sickness and not riding in the very back of the vehicle, but instead in the middle or up front when it is safe to do so. I recommend a padded back clip harness and one of those car seat belt tethers attached to something on the floor of your vehicle if your seats lay flat or she will comfortable fit on the floor board. Before you get to that point though work on making the car a very boring location. Practice having her get in and out of the car and laying down and receiving treats for it while the car is stationary and off. Do that until she seems completely relaxed about the car. If she is afraid to jump into the car, then practice near the near with the door open and lead up to inside the car as she improves. When she can be inside the car and be relaxed, then turn the car on and practice the same thing with the treats and the down position but do not move the car. Practice that until she is relaxed also. Next, have someone sit in the back with her to encourage her to lay down and reward her for being calm, and drive around the block and back and then get out of the car with her when you return home, so that the trip is very uneventful. Practice that until she is calm while doing that and not getting car sick. After she can do that, then gradually go further and further in the car. At first simply drive around, do not get out anywhere, and then go back home. When she does well with that, then take her to local fun or boring locations. You want her to associate the car with boring, uneventful trips, and moderate amounts of fun, instead of just the vet's office or long car trips. While you are doing all of this you can grab a garbage can liner and a towel to put underneath her just in case she throws up if you progress a bit too quickly or the issue turns out the be genetic. Most dogs can overcome car sickness if they always ride while laying down and associate the car with pleasant and somewhat boring experiences. Be patient with her though and do not rush through each step too quickly. She has gotten sick several times so she currently associates it with unpleasant things and will need time to relearn car riding. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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O has a bad habit of night time accidents. She did really well for about the 1st year of her life, not having accidents after being potty trained. But lately she has been having accidents almost every night. It's always in the same room, and she always has that guilty look on her face the next morning when I find out what she's done. I even let her out every night before bedtime! I don't know what to do to fix this behavior because no one is my house appreciates constantly having to clean the carpets.
Hello Mollye, Octavia really needs to be crated overnight to break her habit of peeing and to teach her body to hold it overnight and settle down. She should have a natural desire to hold her bladder in the crate, which will motivate her to hold it overnight in general. She will likely protest being in the crate for a week or so at first, but be firm and consistent. Being crate trained will earn her more freedom in the long run. Only let her out if the crate or give her attention while she is in it when she is being quiet, even if it's only two seconds of quietness that you are rewarding her for, unless you know she is about to have an accident in her crate, in which case take her outside right away.. To make the process easier you can also introduce the crate during the day and gradually get her used to being in there for longer and longer periods of time before crating her at night. This process will take longer but it will make the transition easier for her. Once she can calmly and quietly stay in the crate for at least an hour during the day, then use the crate at night too. Expect some crying then as well, but it should be less. Stay consistent. To get her used to the crate during the day, check out the Wag! article that I have linked below and follow the steps in the "Surprise" method and the "Fun and Games" method. All of the methods are good, but those two methods done together will probably work best. Here is a link to the article: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Make sure that you are not asking her to go longer than ten hours between potty trips at night and that she is actually going to bed right after the last potty trip in the evening. Her bladder will not shut down, allowing her to hold it through the night, until she is asleep, so her bathroom break needs to happen right before bed. If she has an accident in the crate during the day when she has been in there for less than six hours or during the night while she is sleeping, when it has been less than ten hours, then take her to your vet and get her evaluated for something causing urinary incontinence like a urinary tract infection, a partial blockage, anatomical issue, diabetes, irritation of her urethra like cystitis, or a medicine that she is taking, like steroids, that is causing frequent urination. Unless she has learned to pee in a crate because she was forced to go in there by not being given frequent enough potty trips, she should naturally be able to hold her bladder in the crate for six hours during the day and ten at night while asleep. If she can't, find out why not. Make sure that you clean up anywhere that she has or had accidents well with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes. Read the bottle. It will say somewhere that it contains enzymes. Only enzymes break down the pee and poop enough to fully remove the smell. Since her dog nose is much more sensitive, if she can smell any lingering pee or poop, she will be encouraged to go in that same spot. Not all cleaners advertised for pets contain enzymes so make sure you get one that does. If there is a particular rug or area that she always has accidents on, then make sure you clean that area really well with the enzyme cleaner. If you cannot clean it completely because it is carpeting or soaked in or for some other reason, then block off that spot or remove the rug while you are working to improve her potty training. Also avoid any cleaners that contain ammonia in that area, because ammonia smells like urine to a dog, and it will encourage her to pee there. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Up until 2 nights ago Penny was doing really well with night time potties. We would take her out between 10-11pm and she would hold it for 4-5 hours (being taken out between 2-3:30am) then she would hold it until 5:30/6am. No problems. Which was amazing! Unfortunately for the last two nights she has started to get way too excited when we do the middle of the night pee and lets out excited pee in her crate as she is getting out which means she is peeing a little on her bedding. We do not talk to her when we come down and we always make sure she is calm before opening the door but once the door opens it's like she can't contain how happy she is to see us. (Her crate is in the living room and we sleep on the second floor. My husband and I alternate night wakes and she has done this for both of us now.) We never play during this time and keep lights to a minimum. Also she last eats between 6 and 6:30pm and her water is taken away at about 7pm.
What could be all of a sudden causing this excitement and how do we get her to stop peeing from it? We never have excited pee problems getting out of her crate during the day either. The bedding is being washed right away, in place of it we put her bed that stays out on the floor in the crate. I'm starting to feel frustrated because I felt we were making progress with her almost being ready to go from 11pm to 4 or 5am but now I worry. Last night she was let out at 11pm and then again at 2:45am (less than 4 hours) and it still happened. Any thoughts on how to handle this? Are my expectations too high for a 10.5 week old puppy? Thank you! Becky
Hello Rebecca, Penelope is probably becoming more aware with age and her need to sleep is less strong than it was. It is possible that she is going through a growth spurt that equals her eating and drinking more during the day, which is causing her to pee more and should pass in a week. If the nightly wake-ups keep happening before it has been three hours since she last went potty, then you might need to ignore her cries until she goes back to sleep, and then when she wakes up a second time take her out. Only do this if she continues to wake up early for more than a week and it has been less than three hours though. When you go to let her out at night, continue to keep the lights off and do not speak to her. If you are reaching into the crate to attach a leash, then try simply opening the door and walking away from her, toward the door. Stand perfectly still at the door to go outside until she calms down. When she calms down, then carefully clip on her leash, touching her and bending over her as little as possible. If you are clipping on the leash as soon as she gets out of the crate, then try reaching into the crate to clip her leash on before you let her out. You can also clip it on to her at the door to go outside after she has calmed down. Submissive and excited peeing is very normal for young puppies. You are on the right track by staying calm. Try clipping her leash on the ways I have suggested to minimize touching her while she is excited. The best way to avoid excited peeing is to not touch, speak to, or approach a dog until she calms down. Instead be completely boring, and when the dog has calmed down, then clip on the leash. Try not to be discouraged. 10.5 weeks is still very young. She should improve more by 12 weeks. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Maisy has been sleeping in her crate overnight very well for the last few months and when I get up for work at 5am I let her outside for a toilet. Recently though she has started barking for a toilet at 2-3am (which is good to let us know as she doesn't bark for toilets during the day, she just sits by the back door)
When we put her back into her crate she barks again and we've possibly made the mistake of bringing a bed up into our room to stop the barking in the early hours.
We had days out recently and she hasn't had a wee in public so we know she can hold it.
We take her out for a final toilet before putting her in the crate at night.
Any tips on how to break this cycle please?
Hello Nichola, It sounds like Maisy is simply barking for attention. Start by addressing the barking that happens after you take her to go potty. I suspect that she does not really need to pee at 2-3am, but it is possible that she does. Addressing the post-potty barking might stop her from waking up early too if you keep her potty trip extremely boring and do not feed her until her usual time, no matter when she wakes up. When you take her to go potty, don't speak to her except to instruct her, play with her, or do anything exciting. Go to her silently, open the crate and if she tries to rush out close the door again immediately. Repeat this until you can open it and she will not rush out. When she is waiting more calmly, then clip a leash onto her and calmly walk her outside. You do not want to let her play on the way. This is business. Once outside, tell her to "Go Potty". When she goes, then calmly tell her "Good Girl" very quietly and boringly. Don't get excited or give any rewards at this time. You don't want her waking up to go outside in anticipation of a treat or fun; during the day is the time for that. After she goes potty, immediately take her back inside and put her back into the crate. If she does not go potty within ten minutes, then take her back inside and put her back into the crate and try again in ten minutes if you think she really needs to go. Don't stay outside for a long period of time though, so that it is fun for her. While outside keep her on task. Don't let her play. Once she is back in the crate, turn off the lights, do not feed her early, and ignore her barking. If it is not an option to ignore her barking for some reason, then purchase a "Pet Convincer", which is a very small canister of pressurized air. After five minutes of barking, if she does not stop on her own, then calmly go over to the crate while she is barking, tell her "Ah-Ah" in a firm but very calm tone of voice, and squirt a bit of air at her side, near her ribs. Do not blow it in her in the face or near her face. You want to simply interrupt her barking by surprising her with the air. After you correct her, if she starts barking again, then repeat the correction. You may loose some sleep the first two days, but she should figure it out pretty quickly if you are consistent and more stubborn than she is about it. If you have been feeding her early when this happens then she may protest more. Do not feed her or let her out, correct her if needed. In general, do not let her out of the crate unless she is being quiet unless you know that she really does need to go potty and you are alright with the genuine alert barking. During the day when she is quiet in the crate for an extended period of time, you can go to her and drop treats into the crate and then leave again, to encourage quiet behavior in the crate and keep things fun in the crate. At night, she should be tired enough to give up more easily when corrected or ignored, and go back to sleep. If you are putting her to bed earlier than 5 pm, then her bedtime probably needs to be moved later too at this age. She might need less sleep. Since it is unlikely that you put her to bed before 5 pm, I do not suspect that is the issue though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Chloe has been very challenging but my family and I adore her. She has extreme separation anxiety and has made crate training nearly impossible as she has escaped from or destroyed several STEEL crates, howling and barking and hurting herself to do so. She is nearly potty trained, but almost every night she pees in the house while we all are sleeping. I know she can hold it, as she almost NEVER has an accident during the day as long as she is regularly taken out. We've put up her water 2 hours before bed, and that does not work. I take her out in the middle of the night as much as I can. We cannot seem to shake this habit, please help! We are buying a very nice new home and my husband will not tolerate accidents in it once we move.
Hello Alexandra, I would highly recommend that you look up Jeff Gelhman from SolidK9Training. He has a YouTube Channel, a Periscope, Podcasts, and other free resources on his website. I have linked his website below. You can also purchase a Skype training session with him, which could be helpful if you still feel stuck after checking out his free resources. https://www.solidk9training.com/ Follow his Separation Anxiety protocol so that you can crate her at night. It will take work, but it is very effective and way faster than other methods typically. It will involve the use of an e-collar to teach her self-control and provide opportunities for her to calm back down, be rewarded, and learn. It can sound harsh but he explains why it works in some of his videos. Check them out. Learn how to properly use an electric collar from following his other e-collar introduction videos or hire a trainer experienced in their use to help you implement Jeff Gelhman's Separation Anxiety protocol. If you are unable or unwilling to follow that protocol for any reason, then you will need to try training her to stay in a durable Exercise Pen in the same room with you at night and teach her to use a homemade larger litter box or grass toilet that is in the Exercise Pen with her. She needs to be confined. Being in the same room with you should help with the extreme anxiety, but she might still escape from that. To create a litter box her size purchase a shallow large plastic bin and fill it two thirds of the way full with cat litter. Spray it with a pee encouraging spray to encourage her to go potty there and then follow the Exercise Pen method from the article that I have linked below. To create a grass toilet purchase the same type of shallow plastic bin but fill it with a piece of grass sod instead of litter. If you want to give her a bed in the Exercise Pen then purchase a PrimoPad. PrimoPads are firm foam matresses covered with vinyl, so they do not encourage accidents like absorbent beds do. Here is the link to the Litter Box training article: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Here is the link to PrimoPads: https://www.primopads.com/ A final option would be to stay up one night but go into your bedroom and act like you are going to sleep. Hide throughout the house hide cameras with night vision and an audio feature so that you can speak to her. Watch her all night and when she starts to have an accident make a sudden noise to interrupt her, then take her outside to pee and give her a treat when she pees outside. This method is not guaranteed to work because it does not address the underlying anxiety, but since she does not have accidents during the day it might help her to transition her daytime training to night as well. Using Jeff Gelman's training protocol would be the best option if you are willing to commit to the training. I wish you the best. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Bailey was pretty much potty trained when we got her 2.5 months ago. She is kenneled during the day and sleeps in our bed at night. She has no accidents in her kennel. She eats between 5 and 6 and water is taken away 630pm. I let her out right before we go to sleep and she is waking up 2 hours later to pee. She sometimes gets up around 3-330 to go out as well. I have tried not taking her out but then she has accidents. I purchased urine testing strips and she has no indications of an infection. She does not like being in the kennel so I feel bad putting her in there at night but am afraid that is our next step. What are your thoughts?
Hello Heather, First, urinary infection strips can be inaccurate. They only measure certain indications and only show a positive when you get over a certain threshold for bacterial amount. Essentially you can get a false negative. How long can she hold her pee for during the day? If she can go all day in the crate without an accident, then she might be fine, but if she needs to go potty frequently during the day, then a trip to your vet's is probably still in order because she should not be having an accident to soon after being taken outside at her age. Another possibility is that she is not going potty when you let her outside. Go with her if you are not already and make sure that she is actually peeing and not getting distracted. If she can hold her bladder during the day and is for sure peeing when you take her to go potty, then the crate is the next step. Check out the article that I have linked below and work on a couple of the methods from that article to help her relax more in the crate. If she has an accident after a couple of hours in the crate, then a trip to your vet's is in order either way. If she does not have any accidents while in the crate at night, then she needs to sleep in there for a few months before trying bedtime without it again. If that works, then at your next routine vet visit I suggest still mentioning her preference to pee more often. If she can hold it in the crate, then it is not incontinence but there might still be some discomfort that makes her not want to hold it for very long. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We rescued Scout from our local pound last December so we have had him almost 1 year. He was easily potty trained but had some behavior issues (mostly territorial/protective issues) we are still working on. We vacationed about a month ago & boarded him & our other dog at a local sitter's home. Oddly enough, the behavioral issues we had seen before seemed to be improved significantly but he began pottying at night. The sitter did not have this problem. She did use a belly band the first couple days to get over the initial marking phase & then he was fine. He is crate trained & stays in a crate when we aren't home. However, when we are home, he is allowed free range of the house. He will usually go about 6 hrs before needing to go out. When crated & we are all gone, it may be even longer (8-9 hrs). However, at night, he can't hold it. My son takes him out before he goes to bed before 11ish & there is always a puddle & usually poop to accompany it every morning when my husband gets up at 6. I have sometimes heard him & woke up to catch him typically 3-4 hrs after going out. He is fed early evening/late afternoon & water is removed within a couple hours of him going to bed. He typically poops within minutes of eating but then again in the middle of the night. Why can he hold it really well during the day whether crated or not but uses the bathroom in the house every single night? I haven't taken him to the vet yet because he can hold it all day so it didn't seem to be medical. Thank you for any advice you can offer.
Hello Christy, This will take a bit of trial and error and detective work to solve. First of all, is he also fed in the morning or only during the evening? If it is only during the evening, then it is likely a digestive issue that is keeping his digestive system active at night. It would need to be addressed medically by your vet, and I would suggest gradually transitioning him to a different food to see if his food is the problem or a food ingredient is an allergy. You might try feeding him in the morning to see if it causes this issue during the day. If he is fed in the morning too and is not pooping multiple times during the day, then that is likely not the issue by itself. If he poops multiple times during the day, even outside then digestive problems are probably to blame and he is just less aware during the day. He should be pooping a couple of times per day not four or more. The fact that he is pooping multiple times during a six hour period does indicated some type of irritation or inflammation, which is something your vet should look into. It could be as simple as a food allergy or brand of food that doesn't agree with his system and is passing through him too quickly. Another thing to consider is anxiety. Separation anxiety can lead to loss of bowel function. Since he is fine in the crate during the day it is likely not the crate that is the issue but could be something only associated with night time, like a particular light, sound, or different environment. Try changing his night time environment and crating him. If he has a bed or something that is only in the crate at night that could also be the issue, especially if he has used the bathroom on that item before and it was not cleaned with a spray that contains enzymes. Only enzymes remove the smell completely, better than bleach and other cleaners. Remove that item from the crate. Finally, it could be a sleep issue. If you don't feel like it's any of the other issues, then record him or watch him while he sleeps. Does he seem distressed while asleep when he poops? Is he waking up and intentionally going? If so get your vet to check him for incontinence or nerological issues. It's highly unusual but there is a small chance he is experiencing anxiety while asleep, possibly due to bad dreams, and having a separation anxiety type bladder and bowel response. He also could have a nerological issue that makes it hard for him to hold his pee and poop while asleep and those muscles relax. Look into the possible food allergies and food change first though because that is more likely. You might also want to try setting an alarm for an hour before he typically has an accident and waking him up to take him outside to go potty then, to try to reset any possible habitual accidents. Once he is no longer having accidents during the night because you are taking him out, then try skipping the nighttime outtings to see if his body will sleep through it without you taking him, and he won't have an accident. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have several issues with Otis overall he is a very good dogs and for the most part he listens well but I have not been able to get the potty training down. We have had a steady schedule for almost 2 years now. I get up and he goes potty at 6:30 then breakfast then he goes in his kennel when I leave for work I come him at noon and let him out. Now not every day but it happens quite frequently he pees in his cage before I get home for my lunch break. Usually after lunch when he goes back in his kennel he makes it until we get home at about 4-4:30. We also have an issue with him going pee in the house at night again not every night but it’s happening still. I have tried to limit water and like i said we’re on a pretty set schedule but he’s still having these problems.
Hello Katelyn, If the accidents are recent after a period of being house broken, and you know that he is peeing when you take him outside during those trips outside, then I would suggest taking him to your vets. He might have a urinary tract infection or some form of urinary incontinence, that makes it physically impossible for him to hold it for that long. Certain medications, such as steroids, can also cause frequent peeing. When you take him outside to go potty during the morning and during the day, if you are not already so, then follow him outside and make sure that he is actually going completely. If he is getting distracted and playing and then coming back inside without having peed, or is only peeing a little bit to mark something but not emptying his bladder completely, then that might be your issue, and making the trips outside more boring by adding a leash and supervising him, and then rewarding him when he goes fully before bringing him back in, should help. Also make sure that when you clean up the accidents that you are using a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes. The enzymes will break down the pee enough to remove the smell to the point where he cannot still smell it. If he can still smell it, even if you cannot, then the smell will encourage him to eliminate in that same area again and again. Another option is to set up an exercise pen and experiment with leaving him in there if he has lost the desire to hold his bladder inside his crate due to the accidents. This option might work if he is normally accident free while loose in your home when you are there.This should remove the association with peeing in the crate if that has become a habit now. For some dogs this will make things better and for some it will make it worse, so you will have to try it to see. If you try this then make sure that you are still following him outside to make sure that he pees though, or if that caused the original problem, the problem will still occur in the new area despite removing the association with the crate. A final option, if the issue is simply that he lacks the physical bladder capacity needed to hold it for that long, especially if your vet discovers a form of urinary incontinence, is to teach him to use a litter box in an exercise pen area while you are gone. Here is a Wag! article for teaching your dog to how to use a litter box: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How can i get my dog to stop barking in the car on the way to uur walk. I know its excitement but its dangerous as i can concentrate. Its deafening.
Hello Natalie, There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. First, teach Winter the "Quiet" command and the "Down" command at home. Practice the "Down" command in the car while it is turned off and stationary. To teach the "Quiet" command check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Quiet" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, if you have someone who can assist you, then have that person ride along or drive, while the other person enforces the "Quiet" and "Down" commands. To enforce the "Quiet" command, drive somewhere without a lot of other cars, and whenever Winter starts to bark, have the person training Winter tell him "Quiet", and if he does not stop barking, then tell him "Ah-Ah" and spray his side with a puff of air from a "Pet Convincer". A Pet Convincer is a small canister of unscented pressurized air. Do not spray his face, just his side. You are spraying him with this to snap him out of the barking, to give him an opportunity to learn to be quiet. Repeat the correction if he starts barking again. If he remains quiet for one minute, then have your assistant place a treat between his front paws or somewhere low to the ground to encourage him to continue lying down. Practice this until he will ride quietly and calmly and you no longer need a riding assistant. As he improves, have trainer gradually increase how long he must be quiet for before he is given a treat, until he can remain quiet for the entire ride and receive one treat at the end. Continue to restrain with a harness and tether or crate after your assistant leaves though, to keep him safe in the car and to help him stay calm. There are several harness and seat belt tethers on the market that work well for this. An electric collar can also be used in place of the Pet Convincer, but I only recommend using that if you are willing to invest in a high quality one, such as Garmin, E-collar technologies, Dogtra, or Sportdog. Do not use a cheap, poor quality collar that has less than forty levels. You want to be able to use the lowest level possible. Also, I only recommend using an e-collar if you are willing to hire a trainer to teach you how to properly use it and who can help you find your dog's working level, which is the lowest level stimulation that he will respond to. If you do use an e-collar, then you would first teach the meaning of "Quiet" and "Down", find your dog's low level-working level on the collar, and then correct him with the collar manually instead of the Pet Corrector. This would be a safer way to correct, since it does not require the trainer to move hardly at all. Give him treats for being quiet just like you would when using the Pet Convincer also. The treats will ultimately build the behavior that you want. The correction is to provide the opportunity for your dog to respond correctly to have the opportunity to learn. If you cannot find an assist to help you, then you will need to use a bark collar. I recommend practicing your "Quiet" command and "Down" commands beforehand though, then you can tell him "Quiet" when you begin the car ride and when he is corrected for barking, it is for disobedience rather than appearing to be random to him. Also, practice your "Down" in the car while it is stationary, even if you personally will not be able to enforce that while driving, simply to help him learn that being calm in the car is the expectation. When you purchase your car tether and harness for him, choose one where he will be most comfortable while laying down, so that the harness enforces the "Down" command for you. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I’ve have been having problems with my dog going poo and pee in the middle of the night in my bed(which is his bed too). I’ve been taking him on evening walks and he refuses to go potty and I take him to our backyard and try not sure we’re to go from here. He is a rescue he trusts me but doesn’t trust everything else not sure what the right steps are to help him next.
Hello Megan, Doc needs to be crated at night. He can be crated next to your bed if you wish, but until he is older and fully potty trained, that is the best way to stop the accidents. The only other option, besides confining him, is for you to stay awake all night to supervise and train him, and that is of course not a great option. Check out the article below for how to get him used to a crate if he is not already familiar and comfortable with one. Also, wash your bedding with a cleaner containing enzymes, that is designed to get pet smells out. It must contain enzymes though because only they will break down the actual molecules that your dog can still smell with other cleaners. Any remaining smell will encourage him to go potty there again. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate To get him to use the bathroom at night before bed, first crate him so that he learns that once you go in for the night he cannot pee on your bed. Second, adjust his schedule if you can, so that he is being taken outside to go potty ideally four hours since he last went potty, and at least two hours after he ate, unless he is likely to have an accident before then for another reason that you know of. Doing that should ensure that his bladder is full enough for him to go potty when you take him and give him enough time to poop after eating, before bed. When you take him potty at any time, tell him to "Go Potty", and when he goes, praise him and give him three treats. After doing that for about a week every time you take him to go potty, he should start to anticipate getting a treat when he is told to "Go Potty" and will be more motivated to go. When you take him to go potty at night and tell him to "Go Potty", if you follow the suggestions above, then his bladder will be pretty full and he will be more motivated to go because he wants to get his treats. He also will know that going on your bed is not an option. Expect him to wake you up to take him potty for the first couple of nights, while he is still learning to go potty before bed and in transition. Make sure that you are taking him somewhere boring enough for him to focus on going potty and not get too distracted to go. Try taking him to your yard or somewhere close by first, and then if he goes, take him for a walk as an additional reward, afterwards, if he needs a walk. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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HI, We adopted 2 beagles(Seperately) who were both used as lab testing research dogs.
We have the girl 1 and half years but only adopted the boy a month ago.
He keeps peeing in the house, we clean it up and eliminate the urine to prevent repeats. We let him out very often for toilet breaks but sometimes he come back in and goes nearly straight away in the house!!
We never catch him pee either.
I had thought maybe moving him into the utility room, but am weary as the girl has always slept in the kitchen and I dont know if its good to move her to a smaller room with him? Im not sure crate training is the best giving his background.
I know its only been a month but any tips would be much appreciated.
Hello Siobhan, If a crate was a safe place for him, between testings, then the crate might not be an unpleasant place for him. Try putting him in a crate with a hollow Kong toy, stuffed with his food which has been soaked in water beforehand until it turns into mush, then mixed with a bit of peanut butter or liver paste. Loosely stuff the Kong with the mush mixture. Choose a large Kong for this, to make the food easier to get to. Also, between crate times, leave the crate door open and sprinkle his dog food or treats in there. Replace the treats throughout the day as he finds them and eats them. Whenever he is in the crate and calm, go to him periodically and sprinkle treats into the crate through the top of the crate if you are using a wire crate. After you do so, leave again. If he is able to relax in the crate and does not pee inside it, then the crate is a good tool for him. It might be the one place he viewed as safe while in the research environment. If he seems overly anxious in the crate or has lost his desire to hold his bladder in the crate because he was forced to pee in one while younger, then you will need to go with another option. Clip a six-to eight-foot leash to him whenever you are home and clip the handle to yourself using a caribeener, so that he cannot sneak off to pee. Take him outside every two to three hours, and whenever he begins to sniff around, circle, try to sneak off, and after he exercises or eats. He will need to go potty fifteen to thirty-minutes after eating most of the time. When you take him outside, slowly walk him around and encourage him to sniff around. The movement and sniffing will help him pee and poop. When he does go potty outside at some point, then praise him and give him ten treats, one treat at a time. You want to show him just how wonderful peeing and pooping outside is. When he will go potty outside more frequently, then give him three or four small treats, one at a time, when he pees outside. If you tether him, then when you are gone, put him in the utility room if that is a room that can later be blocked off so that he cannot go in there in the future He is going to learn to pee in the utility room, which is not ideal, but if you can limit accidents to that one room and remove all access to that room later, when he has been trained to go potty outside, you can theoretically avoid him developing a habit of peeing in the house in general. Purchase real grass pads, or purchase a large, shallow plastic bin, and put a piece of grass sod in it. You want there to be real grass in the utility room with him so that he will get used to peeing on GRASS. Do not use pee pads for this or he will likely have accidents in your home on area rugs and carpet too, because the fabric is similar. Below is a link to a real grass pad. You can use this or something similar. You want it to be real grass though. https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI Put him in that room by himself because he will be peeing in there and you do not want the smell of his urine to encourage your other dog to start peeing in there also. When you put him in there, make the area fun though. Purchase hollow chew toys like Kongs and stuff them with food. Purchase a wobble treat dispensers, which drops treats when your dog bumps it. Kong makes one of these as well. You can also purchase a computerized treat dispenser that will periodically release a treat when it detects him being calm and quiet. This device can be more pricey, but it can work really well to automatically teach him to be quiet if he tends to bark while alone. AutoTrainer and Pet Tutor are two of these devices. Whenever you will home, he needs to be attached to you with the leash. The utility room will not potty train him. It will only prevent him from learning a bad habit of peeing in the rest of your house. To be potty trained he must be attached to you or confined in a crate, then taken outside frequently and rewarding. Because he will be attached to you and taken out frequently or confined in a crate, he should be far more likely to pee when you do take him outside, giving him an opportunity to learn. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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When I got my puppy (about 3 weeks ago), the previous owner said he was completely crate trained... so when I leave for school he goes in his crate which he has been doing pretty well but bed time is a nightmare... for the first few nights I let him sleep in bed with me... he peed all over so we washed all the bedding and he started holding it better and waking me up in the night rather than just going in the bed. Soon after we got him stairs so he could easily get on the bed... he then started going on the floor in the night rather than waking me up. I tried his kennel for one night and he cried for a good 30 minutes around 10 then went to bed.... back up at 2 tho so I took him potty and gave him a treat back in his cage and he cried until around 5 (by this time I was in a different room). I think if he sees me he cries more. I didn’t respond to the crying at all tho. The night after that his cute little face convinced me to let him back on the bed but this time I removed the stairs so I would hear him jump off. He did really well and woke me up twice to go potty and had no accidents. The next night however... he did not wake me up. He jumped off the bed 3 times, 2 of which I woke up and brought him outside. The third I didn’t hear until he was crying for me to let him back on the bed... sure enough there was a puddle of pee waiting for me... I’m at a loss of what to do... he is not completely potty trained but for the most part he lets us know when he has to go.
Hello Nikki, By giving into the crying and letting him sleep in the bed, you are actually un-doing his crate training that the breeder had trained. You need to put him in the crate, let him cry when you know that he does not have to pee (anything sooner than three hours since he last peed), and not let him sleep in the bed until he is 100% potty trained and old enough to hold his bladder during the night. You will actually decrease the amount of freedom that he can have for the next dozen years as an adult if you give him too much now as a puppy. When he does need to go potty, calmly take him outside on a leash, tell him to "Go Potty", and then take him straight back inside without any excitement and put him back into the crate. These trips need to be boring so that he will start sleeping through those wake-ups as he gets older and can hold his pee for longer. If the trips are too fun or exciting, then he is going to protest more when you put him back into the crate and will wake-up more to play at night. Right now he is waking up and crying and protesting being put in the crate because he has learned that you will let him into the bed if he does. Stay strong. That will make potty training him extremely difficult in the long run, possibly put him endanger if he eats something he shouldn't when his jaws get a bit stronger in another month, and create a very hard habit to break later on --when you realize it has to be broken in order to stop the accidents from happening. Being firm not will same you and him a lot of heart-ache later. If it's easier, crate him in another room, put a baby monitor in there in case he wakes up to go potty during the night, and let him cry. Within a week he should adjust and sleep fine in the crate again. Crating him in another room is not cruel. It actually teaches him how to handle being by himself --which prevents separation anxiety later. It helps him learn to self-sooth and self-entertain, which gives him confidence as an adult when he needs to be alone at times. Do you not have to crate him in another room though, but do that if that will keep you consistent. When he is fully potty trained and past the puppy chewing phase -- which will probably get worse before it gets better age-wise, so he's not past it yet, then you can transition him to sleeping in your bed if you would like. It needs to wait until he is older. I suggest no sooner than six-months of age. Some dogs will get into things and chew up stuff during the night until one or two years old though, so that will depend on how consistent you are about training him now and his own personality. Congratulations on the new puppy! I know it can be hard to stay strong when they are so cute and pitiful! I remember when my youngest dog cried at first. She loves he crate now and is a huge 75 lb snuggle bug at four-years old, so you can have both if you just stay strong right now. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Since I got pregnant the first time she has started peeing all over the house. She is crate trained for when we leave the house, but at night she will scream and has chewed through a cloth kennel and somehow gotten her metal kennel open. If I let her out, she is only allowed in one room, but she has peed all over it. We have since moved to North Dakota and it is worse since she’s deathly afraid of cold. This also means we can’t walk her in it for months at a time. We are pregnant with our fourth and I am now on my hands and knees scrubbing carpet and picking up poop every single day. I have found nothing that eliminates stains and the whole house reeks.
I have watched her walk through snow to the very edge of the yard to pee so I know she can. She’s just doing it out of spite it seems.
Hello Mandi, It sounds like you need to hire a private trainer who uses both positive reinforcement and fair corrections, who will come to your home. Lo likely has some anxiety associated with the family changes, that originally started the problems. Lo probably needs an entire regiment on teaching respect and providing structure and boundaries for her to help her cope with anxiety, learn to self-entertain and self-sooth, and give her consistency in her life. This is likely about more than just potty training. Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training has videos on dealing with Separation Anxiety and implementing structure and boundaries into a dog's daily life. I highly suggest checking out his stuff. As part of all this, you probably need someone to come to your home and correct the attempts to escape from the crate, while rewarding calmness and relaxation in the crate. You can also give her a food stuffed Kong in the crate, but she may not chew on it until her anxiety is addressed through interrupting it and then rewarding it, while also providing a lot of structure for her by teaching her things like "Place" and "Stay". To clean the accidents look for a cleaner that contains enzymes. It is important to remove the urine and poop scent or she will continue to eliminate wherever she is at. For hard to remove stains and smells check out "Whip It" sold on Amazon. Here is Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ka2x-yMSzM&t=31s Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Curry is wonderful dog. The only trouble is potty training. We got him when he was 5 months. I work from home so I take Curry out for toilet many times during day to prevent any accidents. The biggest problem is night toilet. He wakes up every night around 2-3am and he needs toilet. Sometimes he is very quiet so if we are not quick enough he just wee or poop in bedroom. He gets food twice a day. 6am and 6pm. Maybe we should give him food just once a day on morning? He is wonderful dog but because he wasn’t potty trained before we got him, it is bit difficult to stop him from doing this bad habit. Also when he needs toilet during day he doesn’t even bark I usually find out because he starts to sniff on carpet a lot. We got him those dog door bells, so he can ring when he needs to go outside but he didn’t learn how to use it even tho we always ring before we open the door. But it has been over two weeks and he didn’t use the door bell even once. Do you please have any idea what to do?
Hello Lucy, I recommend crate training Curry. He REALLY needs to be crated at night especially. Crate Training will teach him to hold his bladder better, will break the cycle of potty accidents inside - which has to be broken for potty training to succeed, and will encourage his natural desire to hold his bladder in a confined space - which will help him associate the house with cleanliness a bit more. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. Because he is older you can take him to go potty every 2-3 hours when you are home, instead of every 1-1.5 hours like a younger puppy would need. When you are not home, he should be able to hold his bladder for 6 hours while in the crate once he gets into the habit of holding it in the crate, but only make him hold it for that long when truly necessary because six hours is his absolute maximum amount of time he should be able to hold it during the day. After he goes potty outside, you can give him 1.5-2 hours of supervised freedom outside the crate, after the 1.5-2 hours are up, he should go back into the crate until it is time for his next potty trip. Using the crate this way prevents him from being loose when his bladder could be full. Make sure that the crate is just large enough for him to stand up, turn around and lay down, and not big enough for him to pee on one end and stand in the other end away from it - otherwise the crate may not be effective. You can buy a larger wire crate and block off the back end of the crate with the metal divider that comes with most wire crate - to make the crate the correct smaller size for him. Follow the "Crate Training" method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside For the door bell, use the "Crate Training" method from the article that I linked above and don't skip giving him treats when he goes potty outside. Have him ring the bell himself before you let him outside. If you are ringing it for him right now, start to smear a small dot of soft cheese or peanut butter (avoid Xylitol ingredient - it's Toxic) on the bell to get him to touch it, and praise him and open the door right after he touches the bell, then take him outside, tell him to "Go Potty", and give him a treat when he goes potty outside. When he can bump the bell when you just point to it, without the peanut butter or cheese, then give him a treat for doing so as soon as you open the door, and another one after he pees. Eventually you will point to the bell, he will ring it, and he will just get a treat after he goes potty. Expect it to take time for him to learn to ring the bell on his own. He doesn't understand that he is supposed to only go potty outside - because of the accidents and he's only had one month of practice; therefore, he is not even motivated to ring the bell yet. It typically takes around three months of being very consistent with potty training and preventing accidents from happening regularly for a puppy to become potty trained, and you have to supervise for a little longer than that even. Potty training takes work at first (as you probably know right now), but putting in the hard work to crate train, reward, and stick to a schedule pays off with quicker potty training and more solid potty training for the rest of a dog's life - opposed to accidents that continue occasionally. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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It's very rare for Gia to have an accident during the day. I do let her out right before bed and she does go pee but she still pees on the carpet at night. My husband does not allow her to sleep with us at night, however if he is out of town for work and I allow her to sleep with me no pee accidents at night. A lot of the times she will not go with my husband or son at night to be let out to go to the bathroom. I have to physically get up and coax her to go with them. How can we get her to go out for all family members and with no coaxing from me and to stop the peeing on the carpet at night. I have crated her at night and she does not pee in the crate. So after a couple nights of crating I decide okay lets try no crate and maybe we get 2 nights and then the accidents start again.
Hello Wendy, The peeing at night has probably been happening for a long time. She now has a habit of it. She needs to be crated at night for at least six-month before trying without the crate again. Confinement now will earn her years of freedom later so stay strong. She will learn to settle down and relax in the crate and should not mind being crated during sleep time when she gets used to it. Crating is step one, step two is to clean carpets and floors where accidents have been with a cleaner that contains enzymes to remove the urine and poop smell that will remain enough for her to be able to smell still (dogs have sensitive noses). It needs to contain enzymes because only enzymes break down poop and pee molecularly to fully remove smell. For the middle of the night trips, is she afraid of the other family members or simply doesn't like going out and respects you more than other family members? If the issue is fear, then they need to practice taking her out or just walking her around the house on a leash during the day or evening, and feed her lots of treats for following. They should act fun and happy - like they are working with a little puppy and it's a party, but not so exciting that she pees out of excitement. The key is to make walking with other family members fun during the day, so that she feels happy about the idea during the night and is more willing to cooperate when she is tired. Make a game out of following them with treats and patience. If she is not frightened but is simply refusing because she doesn't like going outside during the night, then I suggest keeping a leash without a handle on her (if she won't chew it and you are around). When it's time to go out, simply tell pick up the end of the leash, tell her "let's go!" in a confident tone of voice, and start moving that direction without taking no for an answer. When she starts to follow (even begrudgingly), then give her a couple of treats. The goal here is to teach her that going with him is not optional, but if she will do it willingly, then she gets a reward. Only do this if she has never shown any form of aggression and is not frightened of other family members. They need to be calm while doing this and not intimidating. The attitude should be business-like but calm, not angry or feeling sorry for her. Start with your husband doing this before working on it with kids so that she learns the routine with him first and will be more likely to comply with older kids. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Brownie is very sweet. She does not pee inside the house during the day anymore. At night she can have water until 8 pm and goes finger crate at 10:30 pm. Around 3 or 4 am she wakes up and cry so we take her out to pee and than she sleeps until 7 am. But there is some nights where she wake up 2 times and cry to pee. We are trying to teach her to hold the entire night. So this night for example she woke at 2 am. Then against 4 am. I did not let her out at the second time and she put herself to sleep again. Is there something we need to do different?
Hello Fabiana, You are doing a good job. At four months of age she should be able to hold her bladder for 4-5 hours during the day in a crate and even longer when she is asleep. If she wakes up to pee before it has been four hours, then you can let her cry herself back to sleep, knowing that she is probably crying to play or eat and not because she has to pee. By doing this you should get her out of the habit of waking up for reasons other than needing to pee, then she should start sleeping in longer as her bladder capacity increases with age. Once she stops waking up out of habit to play or eat, then she should also stay asleep for longer which will let her body go longer without a potty break while asleep - dogs can hold it longer if they stay asleep but need to go out 4-5 hours since they last peed if they wake up too soon around four months of age. When she turns five months she should be able to hold her bladder for 5-6 hours when awake in a crate; although, during the day I recommend taking puppies out more often to help them learn to be potty trained. Keep up the good work and if you don't see improvement over the next month or have more questions, you can check back here. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Ziggy is doing really well peeing in the park 4 times a day, 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm but every time i wake up i found he peed somewhere in the house, he used peeing pads but its like he forgot to use them, everytime i go out in the morning the pad its dry and he peed somewhere else, and sometimes he destroys de the pad. he usually sleeps around 9:30pm and i always try to take his bowl of water around 7:30pm
Hello Garry, Because pee pads are made out of fabric, Ziggy is probably learning to avoid them as his natural instincts to hold his bladder in a confined space (your home indoors) is increasing. When Ziggy needs to pee he probably prefers a hard surface (more similar to outside) or the carpet (more absorbent than a pee pad). This is even more likely to be the case if the accidents are only happening on hard surfaces or by the door to go outside. Ziggy is still too young to be left unsupervised and free in the house at night. I suggest setting up an exercise pen and following the "Exercise Pen" method from the article that I have linked below. He needs to have several months without accidents, either being supervised and taken outside during the day, or put in the exercise pen at night and when you cannot take him outside. I suggest confining a dog in a crate or exercise pen until they are at least a year and have gone several months without an accident and without chewing anything they shouldn't or getting into other mischief. I have linked the indoor potty training article below. Use the "Exercise Pen" method. That method talks about litter box training but you can use a grass pad in place of the litter box if you wish, and simply follow the rest of the instructions. You may need to spend time training Ziggy to use the pad while in the exercise pen during the day, so that you can reward him when he does go potty on the pad. After he learns to go potty on the pad while in the pen, then you can go back to taking him outside to go potty during the day, and simply using the exercise pen at night for him to sleep in. When he is closer to a year and has also been accident free for several months, then you can transition to letting him sleep out of the exercise pen if you want to, and simply leave the door open to the exercise pen for him to be able to go to it as needed, like a bathroom with a toilet. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Also, I suggest switching to a different type of indoor toilet, different than pee pads. You might be fighting his natural instincts and the training will continue to be difficult if you continue using pee pads. I suggest using disposable real grass pads instead of pee pads. You can also use a litter box, but the grass pads will probably be the easiest to train because he will naturally prefer that surface. The grass pads are more expensive than pee pads, but each one is advertised to last a couple of weeks, making it more cost effective than it seems. Disposable Real Grass pad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00761ZXQW/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B00761ZXQW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=21517efd-b385-405b-a405-9a37af61b5b4&pd_rd_wg=HxP41&pf_rd_r=2SKJRKBEDTV1HHFFWXK1&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_w=oomjD&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pd_rd_r=d48b221d-f7fb-11e8-9922-83e7d7389d20 Set up the Exercise pen the way the "Exercise Pen" method describes. Do not put anything absorbent besides the grass pad in the exercise pen. If you need a bed for him to sleep on, I suggest using PrimoPads.com, until he has gone several months without an accident. Be sure to put the bed on the opposite side of the exercise pen as the grass pad, because he will not want to pee next to where he rests probably. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Shadow often pees inside at night. She has a dog door which she uses during the day and night. She will poo outside during the night but often does 1 wee inside. Not every night, generally a few times a week. At first I thought she may be getting frightened by a possum but the problem has continued and now feel its bad behaviour. She knows she was naughty, this is obvious by her gilty look and the fact that she tries to hide when the pee is found in the morning. She can hold on, she will not go to the toilet if she is allowed to sleep in our bed, but we prefer her to sleep in the living room.
Hello Cassandra, Since Shadow can hold her bladder through the night, then she really needs to be crated in the den at night to break her cycle of peeing inside. Check out the article that I have linked below and use one of the methods to get her used to the crate during the day at first. When she can relax in the crate for 2-3 hours during the day, then crate her at night. You can also go straight to crating her at night but there will likely be a lot of crying initially, doing it without getting her used to the crate during the day first. You might be right that she stopped going outside during the night because of an animal. Be aware that there may still be a Raccoon or Possum outside in the yard at night if it lives nearby. Once she breaks the habit of peeing during the night by sleeping in the crate for a while, you might want to create a grass area out of a piece of sod, for her to pee on outside at night - that is closer to the house; if there is not already one. Also, make sure that you clean up any old or new urine smells with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes. Only enzymes will fully remove the smell from the area. Any remaining pee smell with just encourage her to pee in the same location again. The cleaner should say enzymes or enzymatic on the bottle or in the ingredients if it contains them. Article on how to introduce a crate. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Tacho is our 4 years old Labrador Retriever. He usually stays alone at our house but won’t go to the bathroom by himself (he has an open door to the garden and knows it). When we come home he peed himself as a result of not going to the bathroom all day long (he pees while laying down, so its only drops during all day). Any ideas of how can we train or show him to go when we are not home?