Why does my dog keep peeing in the house?
YVETTE VAN VEEN (VEEN, 2018)
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Q: Our dog keeps sneaking off and having accidents in the spare bedroom. Thus far we have been getting him outside regularly and paying him with treats when he goes outside. If he knows it pays to go outside, why does he keep having accidents inside?
A: Dogs do things that work for them. If they are paid for going outside, they will go outside more often. The problem is that going inside the house also pays. It pays with relief
To prevent your dog from having accidents inside, reward it when they go outside and restrict access to the room that has a history of accidents. (DREAMSTIME)
Relief feels good. So long as dogs get reinforced in two locations, they learn there are two viable options available. Both work. Dogs wind up doing both.
Moving forward, continue paying the dog when they go outside. It’s equally important that dogs be prevented from going inside the home. Accomplish this with active supervision or responsible amounts of confinement. An owner’s mantra needs to be, “No more accidents on my watch.”
Restrict access to the spare bedroom, a room that has a history of accidents. Close the door. This location has a history of acting as a space where the dog feels comfortable going.
Clean the room thoroughly. Reintroduce the dog to the area only when they have been accident free for at least several weeks.
Bring them into the room, supervising closely. Spend time interacting, playing with the dog and feeding special treats throughout the room. Few dogs like to go in areas where they eat or spend time. Make the space an area they want to keep clean.
Give full freedom only when the dog has earned the privilege. Every accident that is prevented is a step toward a fully house trained dog.
Q: Our dog gets the opportunity to play when at daycare and puppy class. The dogs seem rough and aggressive when playing. Some say that dogs should be allowed to work problems out on their own. Others say to interfere and avoid anything that looks aggressive. How and when is play too rough and can it make my dog aggressive?
A: Normal dog play is often very intense. That intensity can scare people new to watching dogs play. There is a time to interfere and a time to let things be.
Healthy play involves voluntary interaction between individual puppies. Normal play also involves plenty of role reversals. One minute a dog is pouncing on another, the next minute they are being pounced on.
During healthy play, dogs show extreme control. Despite sharp teeth and strong jaws, all the gnashing is in good fun.
Good play goes wrong when any of these rules of play are broken. Watch for dogs trying to escape play and not being allowed to do so. Well-socialized dogs see signs of discomfort and disengage. It’s problematic if one dog bullies another, refusing to let them take turns, retreat or get up.
Play stops being fun if a dog becomes too rough, failing to control their jaws. Expect the occasional yelp as young puppies learn to control their bite. Normal play teaches bite inhibition. It does not cause aggression. Do keep an eye out for predatory behaviours such as grabbing and shaking another dog.
Give puppies the opportunity to resolve mild conflict. For example, a nervous puppy might need to be coaxed into play. It’s OK to observe and see how things go.
When a puppy is being bullied and cannot resolve the conflict, or when a dog has tipped into predatory behaviour, it’s time to step in and offer assistance. Use play sessions as an opportunity to help bold puppies become more gentle, and creating confidence in the shy ones.