Behavior & general care

Topic: Toileting



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  • We have a beautiful 2 year old toy poodle who is rescued from breeding. She’s settled in great but every night when we go to bed about 5 minutes after she wees in the lounge room even though she’s out just before. She sleeps in there and has bed etc all very comfortable but nearly seems like upset we’re leaving her. All other toileting generally fine except at the beginning she never went in front of us and would cower if went to give praise so maybe past experiences. Any advice or tricks would be much appreciated!



      Hi Michelle,

      to me it sounds just like a house-training problem and not separation anxiety. House-training is simple (not always easy!): don’t give your dog opportunity to eliminate in the wrong place, reward her for doing it in the right place and when a few weeks passed without any accidents, you can gradually relax management and give the dog more freedom.
      In your case the problem is isolated to a specific time, so it will be easier. What you need to do is to change your routine and setup so that your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to pee in the lounge in the evening for at least a few weeks. If your dog is comfortable being in a crate, you can let her sleep in her crate during night (most dogs will not eliminate where they sleep). You can also place a x-pen around her bed to confine her. So when it’s time to go to bed, your dog goes into her crate or x-pen – no opportunity to pee in the lounge. After a few weeks of zero accidents you can experiment with giving her more freedom. If she is not comfortable being in her crate or in her x-pen, you’ll need to be more creative but the underlying principle is still the same: manage so that she has zero accidents for few weeks and then gradually relax management.
      If you do suspect that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety (which is a serious disorder) contact a qualified trainer to rule that out.
      House-training can be tedious and inconvenient but remember that it’s just for a limited period of time and you only have to do it once!

      Let me know if you have any questions.


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