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09 October 2008 @ 11:18 pm
Is it possible that a dog deliberately pees on things? I've heard of people telling stories about dogs pooping in their bed or their shoes when they are angry about something. Is this possible?

For weeks, we've started letting our guy be out of his crate when we're not home. Aside from getting into the garbage, he's been really good! I wrote earlier in the summer about him having potty training issues and - for the most part - he seems to have conquered them (he still has occasional accidents, but they're not as frequent). We used to crate him at all times when we were not in the house, even if it was only for 15 or 20 minutes; now, we can leave him out and he's been fine. Almost no accidents every time. However, we returned home today from a 2 hour excursion to dinner and he peed on our pillows in bed. Normally, he'll come into our bed and lay down while we're not here and just sleep - he's never had any issues in here alone. But today I'm not sure if he was upset, lonely or angry - he just peed right in our bed on our pillows and then laid in it. I guess not in it, but he was right next to it and didn't seem upset. He was just sleeping soundly when I noticed it.

I find myself even more frustrated than I was before. Honestly, if he's going to have an accident, please do it on the hardwood floor so we can clean it up. This is just highly irritating. I'm not sure what has provoked him to do this, but any advice would be helpful. We have had him checked in the past for urinary tract infections or any other problems and he has none. And other than this one accident, he's been fine for weeks! Has anyone else ever experienced a problem like this? What did you do when you transitioned between crate and being out?

Thanks! :-)

I am feeling: annoyedannoyed
Tiffanyiftherainstops on October 10th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
It could be a marking thing, or maybe he just had to go.

This is one of the reasons I always crate my pups when I'm not home. My pug has an affinity for peeing on our bed.
Madalyn: capellalovebird on October 10th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
I never crated my bostie but I always have kept the bedroom and bathroom doors closed off while we're gone and still do. She just has access to the living room and kitchen. You hadn't just washed the sheets by any chance had you? For some reason when she was younger Capella would pee on ours whenever I washed the sheets. I think it was a territorial thing because I washed her smell away?
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on October 10th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
the fact that he is not fully housetrained and the bed is absorbent is what provoked him. he's not ready for the freedom you've given him.
Jennylittlesunflower on October 10th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
I sometimes felt that my dogs peed on things deliberately, but it's so hard to tell. When Gambit was a baby, the first day he was home alone with my husband and not me, he peed on my husband's jacket even though he had just returned from a 20 minute walk; I think he was frustrated by the change in routine. He also used to pee on our bed when we were nursing our other sick pet and we didn't play with him. But you never know; could be coincidence. Some people say that dogs don't have the capacity for vengeance. I think it's a bit of both; if he did it in front of you and deliberately, I'd be more inclined to believe he was upset. I don't know if dogs possess the ability to predict that "if I pee NOW, when they come home LATER they'll be mad" because I don't know if dogs think in linear patterns like that.

I do agree that absorbency attracts dogs. When Daisy is in her crate with her soft bed, she pees on it 70 percent of the time. When it is just her crate, peeing is reduced to about 20 percent. (I know she's in there too long during the day, so she pees; I'm trying to budget for a dog sitter).

Gambit was a year and a half when we stopped crating him. Daisy - I don't know how long I'll wait. She loves to pee in the house. I agree with some of the other comments that maybe your little fella isn't ready to be free yet; especially considering he has had some issues before. When we transitioned Gambit out, we gave him his crate PLUS his x-pen (a collapsable metal gate that we hooked to his cage) so he had a little space to stretch out and play, so he was still confined but not locked up. That worked pretty well, although other dogs might see it as space to pee and then go back to sleep in their crate.
kisstherain4mekisstherain4me on October 11th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh I think bostons are especially vindictive this way, being so intelligent. Our family's shoes were all in one big pile, and I was doing something and she was trying to get my attention and I ignored her and she fit an entire poop perfectly into my shoe. Another time I woke up from a nap with poop stuck to my face because she'd pooped right next to my head on the pillow. And she only peed on my bed when she was mad about being left.