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I have a 13 yr old dog who has recently started peeing in the house. She is house trained and knows this is wrong. Now I have not owner her very long. Only since September, but her previous owner said she has never had a problem. Also I understand she's old and can't hold it very long. But she does it when people are home. Verbal discipline has not worked and I feel she knows that its wrong cause she gets 'that look' when I see it. If anyone could help I would love some tips to train her again.
 

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Please do not discipline, even verbally, an elderly dog losing bladder control. That is just mean.

She is old. Very, very old. Old dogs, and people, lose bladder control. That's just the price of age. Yes, take her to the vet and make sure nothing is wrong, but I really suspect it's just age. She doesn't know she's doing something wrong, she just knows that pee on the floor means people are angry, so when she sees pee on the floor, she gets upset about the soon to be angry people.

Take her out more often and have patience.
 

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This is not an issue of her just losing bladder control. I will be with her and she won't give any indication she needs to go out. If I am out of the room for two minutes she goes. It is always in the exact same spot. She will also poo. This continues into the night as well and she sleeps in my room so she can wake me up, and she used to.
 

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13 is old. Any time a dog experiences changes in bladder/bowel habits, take them to a vet. At her age, this could be anything. It could very well be that she's either not getting as much warning that she needs to go as she used to, or that she can't hold it like she used to. It could be stress, an infection, the list goes on.

Also, if she's continually going in the same spot, clean that spot with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle to remove the smell. If she can smell where she went before, she'll think it's a good place to go again.
 

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I agree. Older dogs can develop health issues that can cause incontinence. It's a very common thing for older dogs to start losing bladder control.

As Amaryllis said, sometimes the dogs themselves don't get much warning that they have to go, when they get to an advanced age. People, too. My grandmother, and my elderly aunt both had problems, similar to toddlers, you ask them if they need to use the restroom (one was in a walker, and one had arthritis and needed help standing up) and they'd say no, but, sometimes just minutes later would need to go NOW, like an emergency. So, if you leave the room for a few minutes that very well may be when she realizes she needs to go.

Either way, don't verbally punish. She's old and is very likely doing the best she can. For pete's sake, an old dog isn't going to pee/poop inside just to be naughty.
 

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Check the dog for UTI, stress can do this and make sure you clean the area with something like Natures Miracle or Simple Solution, the enzymes in these clean the urine and not mask the odor. My bet is once she's diagnosed and given medicine, she'll be fine. I wouldn't rule out diabetes or the type of dog food she gets(if that has switched out or not) I don't believe she's doing it on purpose and I don't believe its because of old age either.
 

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Sounds like there might be a problem with your dogs health. Anyway I you don't know quite what to look for or what to do take a look at the petspecialist information site. There solutions worked wonders for our dog.
 
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