August 13th, 2008

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.
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Loki Update!

My friend just sent out an update about Loki, the Boxer:

Just wanted to let everyone know that I made my fund raising goal for my dogs surgery! It is scheduled for this Friday. I have no way of knowing who contributed or how much-and I want to extend my thanks to everyone. We managed to raise $3,100 in less than two weeks!

Thank you!! It is through the communities we build that human potential is realized. Generosity and understanding, offered by friends and family rather than subsidized, make us all stronger and more prepared to experience true success.

I am so thankful for everyones support!

Juanita McConkey

Thanks to everyone for your contributions & prayers!
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