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So Oscar's been with us for about a month and a half now, and he's been great in regards to housetraining. He only ever peed in the house on his first night here, when he was scared and disoriented. However, last night he peed in the house again! It looks like a marking behavior because it was on the corner of our TV stand. I thought marking generally happens only with changes in the household, but nothing new has been introduced.

The only thing I can think of is that I've taught Oscar the "up" and "off" command so he's now allowed to go up the bed when he's invited, and he must get off when asked. After teaching him the commands, I've let Oscar sleep with me for a couple of nights, but last night I didn't invite him up on the bed (I wanted a good night sleep, since he hogs half the bed). Around 1AM, when I just about to fall asleep, I heard Oscar get up from his doggy bed and went downstairs. I then heard a stream of water, and thought, "uh-oh". When I get down there, sure enough, he's peed.

Does anyone think the new sleeping arrangement is causing issues? Oscar doesn't seem to be drink much more water then ususal. The amount of pee wasn't that much, I was able to clean it up with Petzyme, and you couldn't even tell. Still, this is an issue I'd like to nip in the bud.
 

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Our Snoopy sometimes 'marks' a spot, for no reason. It got quite frequent whilst we were away with him and hasnt happened since we got back from vacation end of Jan. We have a female beagle as well so thought that might be the cause. Whenever we hear him get up in the night we let him out into the garden. During the day, if he starts to sniff about in the house we put him out. Oscar may feel the need to mark his territory, to stop him put him out the moment he starts sniffing around. He'll get the message.
 

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Ohh...I have had similar problems trying to get Badger off my bed lately. I think its it purely a behavioral issue.

Badger has always slept in my bed, but lately like you said he hogs and I would like a good nights sleep. So I have been working on getting him to sleep in his own bed.

Badger first peeded on his dog bed when I was working with him the first night and then about two nights later he decided he though it would be a fantastic idea to POOP in my bedroom! Not pretty at 4:00 in the morning.

I am pretty much stuck on that Badger has a major attitude issue! Little bugger. I could suggest one thing. I am going to try this with Badger when I get tough enough to make him stay in his bed, but have you ever hear of belly bands? I have one for Badger cause of his tinkling attitude and they have worked. Maybe let him out right before you go to bed and put that on him for the evening. Let me know if you want to try it. I got mine on Ebay and I love it!

Good luck...by the way. Can I ask how you trained Oscar on how to sleep on his own at night? I have been failing with Badger! Thanks! :eyes:

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Booker's old owners said that Booker would often pee on their beds when she was angry at them... we must let her get her way more than they did because she has never done that to us (knock on wood)!

Moosie's way of saying hello when we adopted him was to lift his leg on the corner of the bed in the hotel room where we were staying after picking him up. We were mortified but the hotel was fine about it and said that likely another dog had already done that and the owners hadn't told them so the scent was still there. I was sure we were in for having a dog that marked his territory all over - inside and outside, but I don't think he EVER did that again inside... although he does still pee on everything vertical outside (taking him to the beach is always a bit of a risky thing...)

The vet did say with Moose that after a male is neutered the hormones can take a few weeks to calm down (he was neutered 2-3 weeks before we adopted him), so maybe that is going on with Oscar as well as his being annoyed with you!
 

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Charlie is 1 yr old, he still have accident, but he knows it is a no no. Most of the time it was me to blame, I did not let him out in time, even he rang the bell like crazy(I trained him to ring the bell which I hung on the patio door at his height). Sometimes I forgot to close the crate door at night, and he sneaks for a pee and poop!


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Letting a dog sleep in the bed with you shows the dog he is rising in status in the pack. On the couch same thing. If he is suddenly not allowed he will be stressed because he has lost some status. Dogs and animals in general do not know what spite is and everything they do is for a reason. We just need to figure out why (sometimes a lot harder than others). Like for instance why on earth mine or hubby's underwear is in fact the most satisfying chew toy in the house.
 
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