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We have a 6 month old female Cavachon puppy, named Gracie, and a 5 year old male Cavachon, named Oliver. We have had both Oliver and Gracie since they were each 8 weeks old. We had zero problems training Oliver, but all sorts of problems with Gracie. Oliver is 18.5 pounds and full grown while Gracie is already 15.5 pounds at 6 months! We've had to learn, as hard as it was, to let nature take it's course, referring to the pack statuses. My wife and I obviously have established ourselves as the alpha's, however it appears that Gracie is trying to take over Oliver's position in the pack. She is about 75% potty trained, but will still have 1-2 total accidents per week, sometimes pee and other times poop. However, over the past week and a half, she has peed on our bed 4 times! After the first time, we thought it was just an accident. However, 3 days went by and she repeated. Again, we thought it was just an accident. Two days later, she peed on the bed for the 3rd time and again tonight was the 4th time. She also tries relentlessly to escape our boundaries that we set for her, example: jumping over the dog gates that we have set up to keep her limited to the kitchen while we are gone and constantly jumping on the bed when we try to keep her off.

Is this just a puppy thing? Is this a dominance thing? Are we not doing something right? Please Help! We may be wrong in this thinking, but our main concern and frustration is the peeing on the bed.
 

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If she's athletic enough to jump the gate then crate her when you are gone. She'll learn better if she never has a chance to break the rules, clearly she isn't ready for that much freedom. If she constantly jumps on the bed teach her 'off' and reward her for staying off the bed. Make her a comfy bed and lead her to it every time she wants up. Giving her a treat every few minutes when she's on it or that's where she gets to chew on something special.

If she's peeing in the house then take her outside more often. She's in adolescence and sometimes they forget about important things like that. Does she know how to tell you she needs to go out? My dogs are terrible at that and we have to guess. If she pees right in front of you it's likely a call for help, she had to go and hadn't a clue how to tell you.
 

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Thank you, Kathyy. I know we can't hear the thoughts of our dogs, but we are struggling to understand why she might be peeing on the bed. If it's true accidents, she's had the opportunity to pee on the floor, but she jumps up to the bed and pees on that after being there for a minute or so. In your opinions, do you think she is marking (because we do let Oliver on our bed because he has proven to not have accidents or marking) or is she just coincidentally having accidents on the bed, four times in one week?
 

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Her behavior has nothing to do with dominance. For one, dominance between dogs and people isn't a thing and it's been thoroughly debunked. And two, dogs can be dominant over resources at certain times (one day Dog A is dominant over a bully stick, but the next day Dog B is dominant over a toy) but it's a fluid thing and not a rigid hierarchy.

Honestly, she sounds like a normal 6 month old puppy. They will be escape artists, so invest in taller gates, put her in an xpen, crate her, etc.

For the peeing, you need to take her out more often and reward for pottying outside, because right now she's not completely potty trained. Was there anything that happened before she peed? Had she had a lot of water? Had she not been out for a while? Had she just been playing hard? Dogs pee on beds because they're soft and absorbent. It's also possible she's marking, but even if she is the solution is still more potty training. Some dogs can realize that peeing isn't allowed but still think marking is fine (though usually it's males who think that way) and you just have to double down on potty training until they get it.
 

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Yea, she had just relaxed from playing hard when she did it last night. Thanks again for all of the advice.
 

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I agree with Kathy and Elrohwen. Dominance isn't a thing. That theory has been debunked, so don't think about your relationship with your dog like that. She sounds like a pretty normal 6 month old, really. It's kind of what they do. Like teenagers, they test boundaries and push limits and are generally irritating when they aren't sleeping.

If she is leaping over the baby gate, you can either put another baby gate on top to make a really tall baby gate, or you can crate train her.

If she is jumping on the bed, you can do a number of things. You can put a bed in the room and teach her to "go to bed" and reward her heavily for being there. You can teach her an "off" command and reward her for being on the floor. Every time she jumps on the bed, tell her to get "off" and then reward her. Keep a little jar of treats next you your bed for this.

Adolescent puppies can be rather pushy, so if she is bothering your older dog, simply remove her. She will learn that every time she pushes interaction with your older dog when he says its enough, she gets removed. Like teenagers, they need to be reminded of their manners.

If she is having accidents, she is not potty trained. They often are not until 6+ months old. My dog was not truly reliable until about 8 months old. I thought she was not allowed on the bed, so why is she having accidents there? If she is having accidents, she needs to go out more. You may need to get up during the night to let her out if this is happening while you're sleeping.
 
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