DOG WETTING IN THE HOUSE
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HI, i have an 8 year old female cross terrier, her brother was run over 6 months ago and i have let her sleep inside since that time. Prior to that she always stayed outside. I have had the back door open during summer for her to go out and urinate, but in the last 2 months, she has stopped going out and wets on the same spot. i have tried cleaning this spot, dusting with soap powder, washing with vinegar, and bleach to remove all smell. Putting water bottle on the area and she now just peeing around all these things. I dont want to put her out now as winter is coming, but cannot have her peeing in my home. Any suggestions. I thought of a pet loo, but apart from cost, doubt if she would use it. Even with the back door open in rain and winter, she still now refusing to go out.
REPLY: DOG WETTING IN THE HOUSE
Sorry to hear about the loss of her brother and that may also have effect on all this - as she grieves too! You may well have overcompensated and molly coddled her. She now thinks she can toilets in her house. If you prefer to have her inside, confinement is the first priority ? eg a laundry or similar to be made into her bedroom. The more space the more risks etc. Toileting works on scent transfer and cleaning things up with a 25% white vinegar solution that you spray on and let air dry so it can be absorbed by fibres, between boards etc - the place where the scent hangs. Review her eating regime / time and toilet her before bedtime (don't bring her back in till toileted). Use newspapers to cover the floor in the area where you like her to toilet. Less interaction, and show leadership. If persists, see a qualified behavioural trainer.