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    Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Hello Folks!

    First, I tried posting this in the potty sticky, but nobody responded - so I have resorted to making a new thread.

    So I did some research and have not found anything that is particularly convincing in one way or another, so I am hoping that the brainpower of this forum can help me.

    First, the basics:

    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy - ~3 and a half (rescue, so no way to tell for certain)
    2.) Length Of Ownership - 3 years
    3.) Method Of House Training - Crate Trained
    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy - West Highland White Terrier
    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept - Free reign of the home when we are not around.
    6.) Where Accidents Occur - In her bed.
    7.) How Long Its Gone On - ~ 3 months
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs - She isn't alone, we are sleeping in the same room as her.
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver - My wife and I
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant - N/A

    So, I have had Hudson for 3 years and they figure she was about 6 months when we first rescued her from a kill shelter in upstate New York. We started right away with crate training her, and making sure she had ample time outside to do her business. Strongly rewarded her, and made sure to have specific code words for number 1 and number 2. Great, grand, wonderful! She is very good in the home, maybe 1 accident per 5 months or so and it usually has much more to do with her peeing when being excited than anything else (seeing a new person, or the inevitable person riling her up as soon as they walk in the door). Our vet says she has a weak bladder and must have had some issues with submissive peeing earlier in her life - but she has been very good to us.

    So here is the trouble in paradise; Over the last few months she has decided to just urinate in her bed and then get up and leave the smelly bed and go sleep on the couch (can you blame her - it must be smelly). We let her sleep in the room with us on her own bed and she is allowed to come and go as she pleases in the apartment. For no reason that I can figure (having gone out around 9-10PM) she will pee in her bed in the middle of the night, get up and go elsewhere in the house (usually the sofa) and go back to sleep. She has no issues holding it for that time frame from 9-10PM-6:30A which is pretty typically when we bring her out the next morning. She doesn't yelp or whimper, and has not had an accident in the morning. Before this she was having no issues at all and lasted through the night with no trouble. We have tried a few types of beds thinking maybe the soft feel of the bed was reminding her of grass (I don't know, we are looking for any explanation), and none of them have made a difference.

    The kicker is that it only happens if we give her a bed to sleep in. A few times we have thrown one bed away and have not purchased a new one yet, and she will sleep on the sofa, or in my sweatshirt if I leave it on the floor and there will be no issues whatsoever. It is like she is upset I only buy the $15 TjMaxx Beds and she deserves better or something.

    Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated! Maybe I should try just getting a pillow and blanket and making a bed? Use an old sweatshirt of mine?

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    Joe

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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Have you taken her to the vet? Because this is so sudden, it could be a UTI or other medical condition.

    Does she have accidents while you are at work?

    Try just taking the beds away for now, since this only happens on the beds. Check the house for any other urine stains, too, just in case she is having other accidents that you are not aware off.

    Also, you may consider washing the beds before you give them to her. There may be other animal smells on them from shipping or storage, or perhaps she had one accident on her first bed and now it smells like urine so she things it's a good place to pee. Make sure the foam of the beds can be washed!

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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Lillith,

    Thank you for your reply!

    As far as we can tell (and we can comb the house again tonight) she does not have any accidents while we are at work.

    This has been ongoing for about 7 months, and she has been to the vet in that time frame. We have voiced this concern, and they did not seem to have any thoughts on a UTI or anything else medical.

    She has not had a bed over the last 3 weeks, and she has been sleeping in my sweatshirt on the floor... not one accident. This has happened before, and then if we purchase a bed she will be ok for a few days, and then soil it and go sleep somewhere else.

    I can try and wash the beds before I get them, but this has happened over 7 months and about 6 beds. I feel bad not having a bed for her, but at the same time, my high school sweatshirt seems to serve the purpose. Maybe I will just count myself lucky it inst something more serious, and surrender that sweatshirt permanently.

    Any other thoughts?

    Regards,
    Joe

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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Then, yeah, just remove the beds if it is only happening on the beds. Don't give her any for some time, like a few months, and if not accidents happen you know it was probably the beds. I don't know why she would do that, but if a blanket or sweatshirt works and she wants to pee on a bed....You can try with the beds again if you wish.

    Wash she ever trained on pads at all? Some dogs trained to pee on a pad will use rugs, pillows, carpet, and other things that resemble a puppy pad, but since she has been fine up until 7 months ago, that's a little strange.

    I also thought about bedwetting, you know, like a toddler will wet the bed, but you would think that would happen any time she is sleeping no matter where she is sleeping. I've heard of older dogs losing control of their bladders like that while they are sleeping.

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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Lillith,

    I can't speak for before we adopted her, but we never used the pads.

    It is just very strange, I'll just keep going with this and maybe make a bed out of a pillow and some other stuff and see how that fares.

    Any other input is welcome, thanks!

    Regards,
    Joe


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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    do you think it's incoginance... it's the sleeping thing (not knowing or having control that it is happening)...... that it happens in her bed and she gets up and then leaves..

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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    I can see what you are saying, but it does not happen when she sleeps on other substances (the floor, the sofa, my sweatshirt). I check them all every morning to make sure, and my wife has a very sensitive nose, so she would notice the smell if there was one! It's a good thought though!


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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Unless your seeing intentional peeing/marking looking around then planting a squat with full awareness. I still would wonder if she has control or not when it happens. If certain body conditions have to line up a certain way when it happens. may be just the start of incontinence where it is random and intermittent . keeping a journal may help.

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    Re: Dog Urinating in Her Bed - nowhere else?

    Patricia,

    I don't see any marking or territorial peeing from her, but I like the journal idea so we will likely implement that.

    The good news is we are about a month from the last time it happened, but again we have removed the beds altogether. She sleeps on the sofa or on the floor and seems to be fine with that. A thorough check of the house revealed no other spots in question.

    A few suggestions from friends:
    - Move the bed to another area completely in case the smell of urine is still strong enough for her to tell.
    - Make a bed out of human bedding materials (to avoid the possibility of other doglike smells in the bed).

    I hate to break the streak we are having, but maybe we will try and make something out of a pillow and small blanket to give her a spot of her own and then move it to another area in the room.

    Any other thoughts are welcome!

    Regards,
    Joe

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