I have a 1.5-yr-old Papillon (Zorro) and a 2-yr-old Pomeranian (Taz). I got Zorro from a breeder at 3 months. I rescued Taz when he was 1.5 years old. Both of them are still having major issues with potty training, especially urinating where they shouldn't. Just last night, Zorro was laying on my boyfriend in bed while I was working at the computer. All of a sudden, my boyfriend said "I think he's peeing on me!" Sure enough, Zorro had peed the entire contents of his bladder onto my poor boyfriend.

He just lay there like nothing had happened. So I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck, rubbed his nose in it, and told him NO, then put him in his crate all night. What do you think could cause him to just pee like that with no warning? And did I punish him correctly? I am so tired of the two of them peeing and pooping whenever and wherever they please. This has happened a few times before, when one of them had somehow peed on the back of the couch and also on our heads one morning in bed.

I give them plenty of time outside (we have a fenced in yard), but it's like they save some for the house. Help! Help!
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Anna
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Sure enough, Zorro had peed the entire contents of his bladder onto my poor boyfriend. He just lay there like ... in his crate all night. What do you think could cause him to just pee like that with no warning?

A bladder problem.
And did I punish him correctly?

No. First of all, you can't correct peeing that the dog can't control. Second, rubbing his nose in it makes no sense at all.
I am so tired of the two of them peeing and pooping whenever and wherever they please. This has happened ... of time outside (we have a fenced in yard), but it's like they save some for the house. Help! Help!

Are you outside WITH them? Making SURE they go? PRAISING them for going in the right spot? Taking them out regularly? Scheduling their feedings? Watching them like hawks and not allowing mistakes to happen? Thought about the fact that ONE puppy wasn't housebroken before you acquired another dog?
Housetraining takes consistency, effort, appropriate confinement, supervision, and scheduling.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
So I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck, rubbed his nose in it, and told him NO, then put him in his crate all night.

Congratulations. You're on the way to teaching your dog not to rub his nose in his pee.
Probably not what you intended...
flick 100785
Sure enough, Zorro had peed the entire contents of his ... cause him to just pee like that with no warning?

A bladder problem.

Get the dog checked by a vet. Save some time and on the morning of the appointment, collect a urine sample in a clean container and bring it with you to the vet. The vet may also want to draw urine directly from the dog's bladder, if an infection is suspected.

And you should clean up anywhere they have urinated with an enzymatic cleaner that removes the residual odor of the urine. You may not be able to smell it with a soap-and-water clean-up, but your dogs can. And they are more likely to urinate where they can smell urine.
Make sure you follow Janet's suggestions; removing the odor is just one small piece.
FurPaw

My family values don't involve depleted uranium.
To reply, unleash the dog.
removing the odor is just one small piece.

But an important one! Somehow I always seem to give the owners the credit to have done THAT right, but I should know better.

BTW - it doesn't have to be an infection to be a bladder problem. Rudy is urinary incontinent. Meds take care of it. Flooding urine without even noticing or having warning, is a big sign of that being a possibility.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
But an important one! Somehow I always seem to give the owners the credit to have done THAT right, but I should know better.

To be fair, it's frequently not that easy. Urine soaks into stuff and can be invisible, depending on the surface. I think that most people don't know to use a black light or about the existence of enzyme cleaners.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
Urine soaks into stuff and can be invisible, depending on the surface. I think that most people don't know to use a black light or about the existence of enzyme cleaners.

I think you're right. Mattresses and wall-to-wall carpet are probably the hardest things to deal with. No w-t-w and a waterproof cover for all mattresses, is something I can't imagine being without!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I think you're right. Mattresses and wall-to-wall carpet are probably the hardest things to deal with. No w-t-w and a waterproof cover for all mattresses, is something I can't imagine being without!

I don't have either. It mostly hasn't been an issue since Greta died (she was extremely leaky), although except for Saber the new dogs haven't been housetrained when they arrived and there have been a few deliberates.
I don't like laminate flooring - I don't like the way it looks, even though its toughness is really appealing. But last weekend I went into one of the local flooring places and they had some newer laminates that have beveled edges, longer planks, and don't look quite so fake. So now I'm making plans to get rid of the last of the downstairs wall-to-wall, which is still stained from poor old Greta.
Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself John Searle
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I think you're right. Mattresses and wall-to-wall carpet are probably the hardest things to deal with. No w-t-w and a waterproof cover for all mattresses, is something I can't imagine being without!

A friend does this with his mattresses.
I should, since I have a cat who is aging rapidly and has shown he'll urinate in weird places under stress already. But I just can't bear the thought of covering uip my yummy mattress with a plastic coating. I stayed at his place, and every time I turned over, the crinkling of the covering underneath me woke me up. I felt like a 5 year old with "nighttime issues".

There has to be a better one than the one he uses.

Tara
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