I really need some help here. My wife and kids decided to adopt a new dog. I have had them all my life. Her name is Annabelle. She is a Pit mix. Annabelle is very intelligent and responds well to voice and hand commands. She is 1 year old and spade. She is in perfect health. She will ask to go outside when she needs to go..unless our bedroom door is open. Annabelle will use our bed as a bathroom. This has happened several times now and this is really getting old. We have had her for three weeks now with no change with this. If our kids room is open, she will pee on one girls bed and jump on the other and poop. I don't get it. Our house is clean, the beds are clean.
This happened tonight after about a half hour of going outside and relieving herself. While getting the kids ready for bed, their door was open and she nailed the beds.
She can take long rides in our car with no problems. Sleep at night without an accident, but we can not leave a bedroom door open and unattended.

After the accidents she is reprimanded with a stern voice and swat with newspaper. She knows that she has done something wrong, but wont stop. We use fabreez on the mattress to hopefully prevent smell issues.

I am completely at a loss with her. I have NEVER had this kind of problem with a dog.
Someone PLEASE HELP!
Rick
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I really need some help here. My wife and kids decided to adopt a new dog.I have had them all ... issues. I am completely at a loss with her. I have NEVER had this kind of problem with a dog.

it sounds like it might be a marking issue.
Firstoff, get rid of the febreeze, and use a product made to remove the urine - natures miracle or another pet stain remover. This should get rid of the smell from her point of view. You will really have to saturate the mattress.
Firstoff, I would keep her on a leash in the house right now. You can tie the leash to your waist to keep your hands free. that way she can't get into a bedroom and pee on the bed. You can take her outside and praise her and give her wonderful treats for peeing where she is supposed to. I suspect she might be sending a message about who she thinks should own the beds. But its hard to say.
She will ask to go outside when she needs to go..unless our bedroom door is open. Annabelle will use our bed as a bathroom. This has happened several times now and this is really getting old.

Although you say that Annabelle will ask to go out when she needs to, it's obvious that she's not house trained. This is not surprising in a new dog.
You'll have to go back to step 1: treat her as a puppy until she gets used to her new space. Put her on a schedule, taking her out whenever you think she should go - at least every couple of hours and an hour after a meal. Accompany her, praise her and treat her when she goes outside.
A side question: when she asks to go out, do you go with her so you're absolutely sure that she goes?
After the accidents she is reprimanded with a stern voice and swat with newspaper.

Bingo! Swat yourself with that newspaper. You've taught Annabelle that she should disappear to another room when she needs to go. She knows that the newspaper comes out when there's poo in the room and you see it.
She knows that she has done something wrong, but wont stop.

How do you know this?
We use fabreez on the mattress to hopefully prevent smell issues.

Try an enzymatic cleaner, like Natures Miracle, that eats the proteins rather than covers the odour. And accompany that dog outside.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Thanks for all the advice and recommending Natures Miracle. I will pick that up right away. The news paper is as good as gone. I take Annabelle outside every time she goes, so I do know what she is doing. She has never had an accident anywhere else in the house.
Good responses from the other posters. Just thought I'd add my 2 cents. (I'm no professional, but have been "trained" by our professional dog trainer to be attuned to a dog's sensibilities) Sounds like she might be trying to assert her position within your "pack". This is why dogs should never be allowed onto furniture or people beds. Letting them do people things such as being on furniture, eating "people food" leftovers, etc, sends mixed messages to the dog. A dog is programmed to assert himself within his pack, and will take every opportunity to raise his position within your family (pack). If he thinks he can get on the beds or furniture, maybe he is simply saying "this is now my bed- stay off, human", or just asserting his dominance over whoever sleeps in the bed.
Good responses from the other posters. Just thought I'd add my 2 cents. (I'm no professional, but have been "trained" by our professional dog trainer to be attuned to a dog's sensibilities) Sounds like she might be trying to assert her position within your "pack".

This is why dogs should
never be allowed onto furniture or people beds.

Nonsense.
This might apply if the dog is indeed asserting itself over humans, but that's an entirely different issue. None of my dogs has ever tried to assert themselves over humans and have always had the option of sleeping on the bed or sofa.
And mine are a lot more typically dominant in nature than the OP's pit/x.
Saying dogs should never be allowed on the beds or furniture because it causes them to challenge humans is just silly and if your trainer told you that, he or she is just dead wrong or being silly.
Are you sure you interpeted what your trainer said correctly? Absolutely sure?
Terri, whose GSDs sleep on the bed and have never, ever challenged any human in any way.
Sounds like she might be trying to assert her position within your "pack".

Horse hockey. More likely, she was trained with "pee pads" as a puppy, and thinks it's OK to pee on fabric, and/or has been taught -by yelling at her, smacking her, and hitting her with newspaper after the fact - that she should hide when she has to "go".
This is why dogs should never be allowed onto furniture or people beds. Letting them do people things suchas being on furniture, eating "people food" leftovers, etc, sends mixed messages to the dog.

Double horse hockey. My dogs all sleep in the bed with me, are allowed small amounts of people food, play tug, etc.
None of them has the slightest confusion about who is the leader of the pack.
If your relationship with your dog is what it should be, none of those things will cause a problem. If your relationship with your dog is poor, problems may arise around them.
A dog is programmed to assert himself within his pack, and will take every opportunity to raise his position within your family (pack).

Triple horse hockey. Most dogs do NOT spend their entire lives trying to "raise their position". They like to know what their position is, but most of them - if raised and/or handled correctly- are content once that position is clear.
No big deal. You've got to think like a dog, as says the Wiz, too! Think! What did you teach the dog NOT to do when you housebroke the critter? Answer: NOT to poop, etc. on the floor! AND that's exactly what the pup is (not) doing, and probbly is confused as hell when he or she catches the devil for trying to do exactly as trained. To the dog, the beds, sofas, bathtub, etc., are just flat spots that are NOT floors. So, without having a fit, the next move is to bed-, sofa-, tub-, or whatever, train the dog..
Good luck,
Double horse hockey. My dogs all sleep in the bed with me, are allowed small amounts of people food, play tug, etc.

OTOH, i've got a pushy dog who, given an inch, will take the whole damned thing, thankyouverymuch. bossy is her middle name. once she was housetrained, she never, ever peed indoors. she's been 100% reliable in the house.
i suspect the OP's dog either isn't fully housetrained or has a UTI. after taking the dog to the vet to rule out a UTI, the OP should put the dog on a regular schedule (if it isn't already) and try tethering, so that the dog can be monitored constantly. keep in mind that every accident the dog has indoors will undermine whatever training the dog already has. prevention, consistency, and praising for correct pottying are the all important pieces of the housetraining puzzle.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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