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    Senior Member Mercy Medical's Avatar
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    Peeing in the House at Night

    A friend of mine has a 3 year old pit bull that has an issue with peeing in the house at night. I guess the dog goes into her bedroom at night and wants to get on the bed, but isn't allowed. She then wakes up in the morning to pee spots in her home. She is assuming that the peeing is related to not allowing him to get on the bed. She has now resorted to taking the dog out to the bathroom during the night when he comes to bed and he does go when she takes him out. Is this method the best way to go about this issue? I wasn't sure if it would condition the dog to thinking that it can wake her up in the middle of the night every night to use the bathroom. Does anyone have any suggestions of some possible solutions to solve this problem? The dog also has a problem with marking in other people's homes, so she has resorted to just not taking him. I should probably note that this is an intact male dog.

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    Re: Peeing in the House at Night

    It's not related to not being allowed on the bed. Dogs don't do spite.

    Personally, I think this is one of two things. First, she should take him to the vet. It's possible he has a urinary tract infection or some other medical issue that makes it so he can't hold it all night long.

    If he checks out medically, this is a training issue. (Marking is a training issue. You absolutely can train a dog not to mark, neutered or not.) She needs to treat him like a little puppy. If he's crate trained, put the crate in the bedroom. He'll be sleeping at night anyway, so it won't be a bid deal, but it will keep him from peeing. During the day, she needs to crate him or keep him close so she can interrupt any marking. ETA: I am not recommending keeping him crated all day and all night. Just keeping him crated for a short while during the day when she can't supervise him.

    She can also get a belly band. Those work for marking, but they don't teach him not to mark, they just keep the pee off of everything.
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    Re: Peeing in the House at Night

    I agree it's not out of spite. Dogs do sometimes pee out of anxiety, but it usually is pretty severe anxiety, and not just not being allowed on the bed.

    For the nightime problem, not all dogs make it through the night. There are some members here who have adult dogs, and they still take bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. It's just a matter of a small or weak bladder. And, since he DOES pee when your friend takes him out at night, I would have your friend continue to take him out at night. That is far better than not taking him out, and waking up to pee.

    But, marking at other people's homes seems to add to the issue. Dogs do not generalize well. So, if she has trained this dog to pee outside during the day at her home, she kind of needs to reteach him to do the same at everyone else's home that she takes him to. The way to do this is to closely supervise him when she takes him to someone's home, so closely that she can see when he's about to mark/pee, and she interrupts him before he can start, and rushes him out. If he is allowed to be out of her sight, or out of her reach in someone's home, and marks/pees, then she's missed the opportunity to teach him that it's always good, no matter whose home he's in, to pee outside.

    That brings me to this question: you mention that, at your friend's home, the problem is at night. Is the dog fine during the day? Does he get let out during the day, and can hold it in between times? Except when he goes to someone else's home?

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    Re: Peeing in the House at Night

    I suggested crating him to her, but I don't think she has the money right now to purchase a crate for her 90lb pit, unfortunately. I also dunno if I would suggest the torture that is crate training a dog at night (tried it with mine...lasted 3 days). I know it's the right way to do it, but holy hell the barking and whining. I just didn't have the patience for that and neither did my neighbors.

    I do not know if he does it during the day. I believe it is much more of a nighttime issue, but I can ask her for clarification. I know that he does know to go to the back door to get let out to go to the bathroom, so I think for the most part it's just a night time issue.
    ~ Kara

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