Q: Night time accidents
October 15, 2012 | By Sandi C. | 2 answers | Expired: 721 days ago
My English Bulldog is almost 4 years old. We've had problems with him peeing on the furniture in the past but it stopped for a long time and we chalked it up to scent marking. But about two months ago he's started again. But here's the scenario; he ONLY does it at night and only on their couch (my dogs have their own couch to keep them off the good furniture). It's not every night but seems to be at least once a week. And on the nights he doesn't go on the couch, he will wake me up in the middle of the night (usually between 2-3 AM) wanting to go out. This is better than finding a wet spot in the morning and having to tear apart the couch, but I'm having a hard time during the day with my sleep being interrupted. Also, I should mention this is all happening despite me taking him out each night before bed time which is usually 830-9 PM. And he has no problems holding it all day long when we are at work. Maybe he's just gotten into a bad routine and I need to retrain him? I'm going to get his crate back out and have him sleep in there at night in hopes of "crate training" him again. I was concerned maybe it was something medical (bladder infection ect) but when I asked my friend who is a Vet tech, she said it should be happening more randomly if it were something like that and she thinks its a behavioral thing.
Has anyone experienced this? What did you do? Thanks!!!
**Update** I wanted to add that last night he slept in his crate and went all night with no problems. He didn't pee on his bed in there or ask to go out in the middle of the night. This information leads me to believe as I suspected that it is not health related but a routine/training issue as I was suspecting.
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Oct 17, 2012
It's doubtful that it's a UTI. He wouldn't just be peeing inappropriately at night if it was a UTI, and he wouldn't just pee on the sofa.There are a few reasons dogs will do this. Stress or anxiety can cause it. Something could scare him during the night, a noise perhaps, resulting in his peeing on the sofa as a response to his fear or anxiety. Sometimes a dog that normally sleeps through the night will have to pee if something wakes them up. Also dogs that are confined for long periods of time will often respond this way. If you crate him at night it's best not to do so during the day too. Too much confinement is not good. A dog that's crated day and night doesn't get enough exercise, mental stimulation, or human interaction and can become depressed and destructive. The best suggestion is to observe him and try to determine the root cause of his actions and maybe give him a refresher course in housetraining. Is he on any kind of medication? Some medications cause excessive urination. My dog is taking an anti-inflammatory that sometimes causes urgency.
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