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13 August 2008 @ 12:58 am
Urinating in own bed  
Daisy pees in her own bed. I can't figure it out. She hasn't peed anywhere else in the house for over a month now, and she gets plenty of opportunities to go out. She knows the backyard or a walk is a good time to go to the bathroom. She also sleeps in our bed overnight about 6-7 hours with no accidents. But when she is in her little bed in her crate, she pees in it happily if she has to go. She is never in there for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time, say if I am at the doctor's or out doing errands, or cleaning the house with chemicals I don't want to bother her. When I go back to work she is going to be in there for closer to 7 hours at a time, and I don't want to have to wash her bed every night. She doesn't poop in it, ever, but she does pee on average of 4 times a week, almost once a day. I can't figure it out. If I'm home and she's in there having her quiet time after playing and lunch and I'm doing chores or resting, I don't ever hear her bark or cry out that she needs to be freed. She just -pees. She is never in there sitting in her own filth, I spray her cage and the bed gets washed immediately. So it's not like she has been forced to "get used to" living in her own pee. She doesn't have tons of room, so it's not as if she is peeing in one corner and sleeping in another. It doesn't seem typical to me, I know Gambit never wet his bed past his first week at home. Isn't that what crate training is all about?

I can't figure it out. She is still battling giardia (on 3rd meds dosage) - but I don't imagine that affects her bladder. Is it possible her bed still smells like pee after all the washings? I've used shout and bleach. I read somewhere that dogs prefer soft surfaces to relieve themselves on, and that if you want a dog to stop peeing in their bedding leave them on the flat surface of the crate, but that seems very uncomfortable, especially if I want her to get used to 6 or 7 hours in a stretch.

Not sure what to do... Any suggestions? I am never able to catch her in the act. I'll just come home - and she'll have peed.
ce_soir on August 13th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
woofy only peed in his crate once or twice when he was 2 and a half months old. he too, would sleep in my bed all night and be fine but if he was in his crate he would tinkle. i gave him one of my blankets that i slept with and it's been his ever since. he sleeps on it and carries it around the house with him. once i put something that he and i had both slept on in the crate he stopped. i can't say for sure if it was that though. maybe he just got more used to being in the crate. but i would try changing up the bedding one day. put in one of your own blankets and see what happens. its worth a shot.
Tiffanyiftherainstops on August 13th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
for some reason our little black pug pees in dog beds. We solved the problem by not putting a dog bed in her crate, and instead use a towel. and it mostly helps. I have no idea why she did it (especially if she had just been outside!), but she did. and she's almost a year and half. She does do it less, but we ahve a hard tiem trusting her around dog beds
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on August 13th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
just keep the bed out of there for the time being. the absorbency of the material is making it difficult for her to learn not to pee in there.
Nancieeicnan on August 13th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Banjo used to pee on my other dog's bed when he was younger. We never could find out why. The only thing that worked for us was after every washing I would spray the stuff that's supposed to cover up dog urine scent on it. Well that and waiting for him to get older and learn that's a no-no.
jreid4 on August 17th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
What product do you use to cover up the dog urine smell?
a s h l e yashley_robin on August 13th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Clementine is 3.5, and if I crate her with a blanket, bed, whatever, she will pee on it. It is the only time she does it inside.

I've read that while it seems cruel for dogs to not have a bed, they are dogs..they don't really mind.
astro boy toystarlitziggy on August 14th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
i have three cats & one of them is a repeat pee-er on beds. I have a feeling no matter what you do there is always going to be a scent- & they always come back to that one spot to urinate on. It definitely could be a comfort thing- maybe she feels more secure with her urine scent around (hey who knows! lol rats love it)

also, i agree with the ashley_robin. My dog often prefers the hardwood floor to her bed- she likes to have a lot of space to sprawl out on the floor & she also prefers to be in the middle of everything instead of in her bed corner. A barren floor is also more comfy for dogs on those super hot days.