So this morning I took my dog out as usual, expecting him to pee and poop (same as every morning). When he's done, he usually pulls me towards the door to go inside, letting me know he's totally finished. But this morning, he wouldn't pee. He kept pulling me towards the door, like he was done, but I made him stay out longer, cuz I knew he hadn't peed.
Well, eventually I just gave up, he obviously didn't have to pee, so I took him back inside. (Now, just to give a little background, my dog does have problems w/ the occasional piddle around the house, but its usually just little bits here and there, or a small line on the carpet, like it just came out while he was walking. He hasn't flat out peed inside since I first got him back in October.)
So I was in the bathroom, with the door open, and Copper likes to sit in the hallway and wait for me. He was out there, playing with a toy, when all of a sudden I hear him peeing. I turn around and he's right there, squatting, taking a piss on the carpet...staring up at me the whole time.
So, I punished him (I caught him in the act!), and instead of taking him on a car ride as i had planned, he had to stay home alone in his kennel.
Then, tonight I was sitting on the couch, and he walked over right next to my feet, looked up at me, and squatted and peed again. RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!
What is this? Some sort of dominance thing? I don't get it...he always gets punished for using the bathroom inside, so why would he seek me out and do it right in front of me rather than go into another room and try to hide it? I don't get it, and I don't know what to do.
Like I said, he hasn't just flat out peed in the house in a long time, but he does piddle a lot and I've often wondered what the deal with that was, as well. He still poops inside from time to time, as well, and none of it makes sense because he's good about letting me know when he has to go out...sometimes he just doesn't do it.
I've had many dogs in my time, and I've NEVER had a dog with bathroom issues like this one.
(Not sure if breeds make a difference in this sort of behavior, but just in case, he's part chihuahua and part Basenji)