In our world today, people tend to grow fonder of their dogs than their human counterparts, and this comes as no surprise as dogs have adorable diehard ways of showing extreme loyalty and love for their care providers or owners.
With their fluffy hair, puppy eyes, curiosity, bravery and the way they snuggle up close to you, what’s not to love? Dogs are regarded as man’s best friend, and that is not about to change anytime soon.
But then, there are some experiences that throw we dog owners into confusion, experiences which most people can’t understand? Issues such as your dog peeing on your bed or peeing all around the house, these are experiences almost all dog owners have to deal with and don’t even know how to handle it.
If you are one of such dog owners, don’t fret! You are going to find out all you need to know.
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Why Do Dogs Pee on Beds in the First Place?
There could be many reasons why such ‘peeing’ can take place, but there are some very prominent reasons such as those discussed below:
1. Your Scent! – Yes, you read that correctly. One paramount reason why dogs see your bed as a very convent spot for their pee is that they tend to get a high sense of protection from your scent which abides in abundance on your bed and clothes too.
Why do they need such protective sense? Because, at certain points in their lives especially during their tender ages, they feel vulnerable and susceptible to adverse dangers that can come in different forms depending on what they see as a threat.
As their owner, they know you are in the best position to provide this life-saving protection hence the rolling on your clothes, chewing off your socks and peeing on your bed.
2. A Sign Of Loyalty/ Anxiety – Call it submissiveness, steadfastness or loyalty, whichever way you put it, your dog has excess of them and another way they find pleasing to show this is by peeing on your bed, well, not so pleasing.
It usually happens when they start to go overboard with the submissiveness; they pee all over the place more frequently than before. Anxiety in dogs can bring about urinations as well, and it is important for you as the owner to know when your dog exhibits these anxiety traits. In some cases, dogs tend to get anxious out of fear and peeing is only one of the end results.
3. Marking – Coming home to a wet bed can also be as a result of your dog marking its area or territory. Dogs use urination as a means of passing a “keep off my zone” message to anyone or anything that may want to trespass.
They do this with the hope that any other animal within the perimeter that comes across the marked path will understand the warning signs and stay away.
To quickly recognize this marking signs from your dog, watch out for small amounts of urine in different strategic parts of the house.
This is common with most male dogs, and it becomes more prominent as they get older.
4. Medical Issues – Your dog’s frequent urination can sometimes be an indication of something more serious. One common medical problem dogs could have is urinary tract infection.
In such cases, you might notice that your dog urinates on your bed even after it must have been treated for the infection, this shouldn’t bother you as it usually takes some time.
Other health issues can be displayed through urination which is more threatening than some infections, such as kidney problems and so on. Watch out for signs and symptoms of such problems through the behavior of your dog.
5. House Rules – If your dog has a hard time understanding where he is to pee or not to pee, he could make your bed he’s next best potty.
Dogs are animals that can become very unruly without proper training, and such unruly acts include urinating and pooping in the wrong places amongst other attitudes within the house.
If your dog feels that your bed is a comfortable place to pass urine, then be rest assured that it will go on that way for an extended period.
If you haven’t trained your dog before or you notice other traits of misconduct from your dog, then the lack of training and an understanding of the house rules could be the reason for your dog peeing on your bed.
How Can This Problem Be Handled?
1. See A Vet – This is probably the first thing to do as soon as you notice that your dog pees on your bed. Monitor the visible signs and urination patterns of your dog so you can provide your vet as much needed information as possible or as required.
You should know things like when it started if your dog gets tired quickly and at what times it usually happens. If a health related issue is diagnosed for your dog, then the vet will be in the best position to let you in on the next steps to take or what medications to use for your dog.
The doctor will also let you know the possible causes of this ailment and what to do to prevent future occurrences.
2. Train Your Dog – Work on training your dog if it hasn’t been trained before and devise new re-training methods for previously trained dogs.
This could be a very tasking thing to do on your own, but the result is worth all the work.
You can start by taking your dog outside regularly and leaving it to play around until it urinates outside, give it a good cheer or reward for peeing outside and not in the room.
You can also use physical gestures such as clapping when you catch your dog in the act. If you wouldn’t have the time to train your dog yourself, you can send it to a training school.
Now it has been established that you need to treat or help your dog, but before you go into finding out what the cause of the urination might be, some measures should be put in place to mitigate it as soon as possible.
A. Clean up Your Sheets – This is done by immediately by taking off the soiled sheets and washing them properly to make sure that the smell and traces of the urine are eradicated, you can do the same for areas within the house that your dog has urinated on as well.
It is advisable to make use of an enzyme based cleaner for this procedure; this is because merely washing your bed clothes does not necessarily take the scent of your dog off the sheets!
Yes, your dog can still recognize where it peed through the scent even after washing or scrubbing the house clean, so cleaning agents with enzymes are the best for such cleanups.
B. Keep Your Dog in a Crate – This is a quick way of controlling the situation at hand and preventing further repetitions. Although most people will rather not keep their dogs in crates, it could just be the most efficient way to stop your dog peeing all around.
It is a popular belief that using a dog crate is a hostile way of treating dogs and that dogs totally dislike crates, that isn’t nearly correct. Dogs can and in many cases, do grow fond of being in their crates when they finally warm up to it.
If you wouldn’t be able to watch your dog at any time, put him in a crate and he will get used to it faster than you can imagine.
C. Keep Your Bedroom Shut – This action should be taken as soon as you start to notice your dog wets your bed, this is an immediate step before other measures are taken.
Make sure your bed is always shut, and your dog has no access to it. If you are someone who tends to keep your room open most of the day, then you need to be more vigilant and do a lot of follow-ups.
If your dog must be in your room, then it should be done under the supervision of someone who can watch him to avoid another peeing incident.
It can be frustrating when you are faced with the issue of your dog bedwetting, but there is always a way around it. Take the above-discussed steps and precautions and look forward to positive changes in no time.
Whatever measures you take, make sure it is done in the mildest way possible in order not to pass a wrong message to your dog, they do not do things like that out of spite as some people think.
The situation could just as well be out of their control, and it takes a helping and a loving heart to put them back on track.