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Why does my dog pee when I'm in the bathroom?

asked 2015-10-31 10:20:18 -0500

My dog is housetrained and never pees when we leave the house, even if it's for hours at a time. However if my husband and I shut the bedroom door on her to hook up she will pee in the hallway. So we stopped shutting the door on her. But she also does it at other odd times as well. For instance in the morning my husband will go downstairs first, then I'll be upstairs and I'll be in the bathroom, she'll pee. Even if he's downstairs.

I can't catch her in the act and have no idea how to train her not to do it. It only happens about once a week but our hallways is going to be trashed if she keeps this up.

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We had problems with our dog also. He used to pee or poop inside of our house all the time when left alone. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do. He has recommended me this http://bit.ly/1Tm6XWg online dog trainer.

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answered 2015-10-31 16:07:31 -0500

Would it be possible to take her out to potty before you? If her bladder isn't full she may not be compelled to go when you go. Dogs don't empty their bladders all at once, so a good rule of thumb if you're having indoor pee issues is to wait until they've peed twice outside before bringing them in. At that point their bladder should be mostly empty (though they still keep a reserve so they can mark interesting things). You might also try crating her while you're in the bathroom, then taking her out immediately after you go. I know when I get up I usually have to head right to the bathroom, so taking the dogs outside first thing in the morning before going myself would leave me dancing in the yard, so sending the pups to their bed and shutting the door would be more practical for me.

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A third option might be to actually take her into the bathroom with you, so you can monitor her behavior. If she starts sniffing around, you can interrupt her. A squeaky toy is a good option, since it's loud, but also very exciting and interesting to most dogs, and will likely allow you to keep her focus until you finish and can take her outside.

Laura R.'s profile image Laura R.  ( 2015-10-31 16:09:24 -0500 ) edit

Yes, we usually do take her out. If my husband wakes up before me, he'll take her out. That's what happened this morning. She had already gone outside, but when I was in the bathroom upstairs she went in the hallway. It wasn't very much because she had already gone. I've definitely considered crating.

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answered 2015-11-07 12:02:21 -0500

To potty train your dog quicker, before you leave, take your dog out to go to the bathroom and use key words such as potty, easy words for your dog to pick up on. As you dog goes to the bathroom, reward it by giving it more attention than usual and an optimistic tone and or a treat. As your dog does go to the bathroom inside, discipline your dog by using a raised tone and saying key words or phrases like no, or bad dog. After a while, classical conditioning will take place and your dog will recognize what is good and what is bad

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answered 2015-10-31 16:44:53 -0500

Your dog is nervous; mommy isn't around where she can see you, so she tends to freak out and urinate, even if she doesn't have a completely full bladder. Nervousness makes humans pee, and it's the same with dogs. When my husband and I are getting ready for a trip, or moving stuff around in the house, my dog, Bailey, gets really super anxious and poops in the hallway, even if I've just taken her out. This behavior stems from separation anxiety. If she can't see you, she thinks you've left her. I realize it's super annoying, but I've gotten to the point where I leave the bathroom door open so that they can check in on me during the day. You might try peeing her before you pee or 'hook up' and see if this makes a difference, or keep her out back or in an area with a pee pad when you can't be with her. Hope this helps!

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