Hi,
I'm not sure how much of the story to tell, so let me know if you need to know more to help.
Got Paddy at 6 years old a year ago. Very sweet, very boisterous and friendly, wouldnt harm a fly.
He lives with Janet, (my other half), stays with me for a few days occasionally. With Janet, he tends to have the run of the house, and is welcomed onto the sofa, just to be there, or for cuddles. This is all fine, and is how Janet likes it. I think she is somewhat "soft" with him.
However, in the early days, if we went out together, leaving Paddy at home, he would have peed on the sofa by the time we returned. It only happened a few times, and didnt seem to matter is we were out for 1 hour, or 4/5 hours. I never leave him alone in my flat.

He's not done for around 6 months, but has started again.

So.. probably wrongly, we have taken to shutting him in the kitchen when we are out - if he pees it's easier to clean the lino. He doesnt like it, pees every time, and it is clear that he scratches the door to the lounge, and spends a lot of time with his nose at the bottom of the door anxiously waiting for us to return - the bit of carpet at the bottom of the door is wet, (not pee), and so is the fur on his neck. He is over the moon when we get back and open the door.

I am certain it is not to do with a medical problem, nor is to do with him not being able to hold it.
We now hate leaving him in the kitchen, but cant leave him in the lounge.
What kind of things can we do to either:
1) make it so he likes being left in the kitchen
2) stop him peeing when we go out

or another solution.
Any help welcomed.

Richard Faulkner
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He's not done for around 6 months, but has started again. I am certain it is not to do with a medical problem, nor is to do with him not being able to hold it.

The only way to be certain it's not medical is if you took him to a vet. That's a classic sign of bladder infection.
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How can I trust your ability to help with my dog, when you have the same effect on me as you say I have on my dog?

That's a good way of phrasing it, Richard. Ignore that guy.

As to the peeing problem, first make sure there's no medical issue.
To be clear on a point: the main place that Paddy lives is at Janet's, but he only pees in your home? In my experience dogs can behave significantly differently when they're outside their comfort zone. For example, when my dog Friday first came here, he was fine with my work-a-day world, but would bark continuously when I occasionally went out in the evening.
He's not done for around 6 months, but has started again.

Off to the vet to check for a UTI - and clean with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle. If that doesn't pan out, try to think of ways that you've disrupted Paddy's "comfort zone", it may be something you consider minor - for example, Paddy may not like peeing in your garden. Which brings another thought - do you actually see him pee on the mornings of the days that you come home to a pee spot in the kitchen?

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How can I trust your ability to help with my ... on me as you say I have on my dog?

That's a good way of phrasing it, Richard. Ignore that guy. As to the peeing problem, first make sure there's no medical issue.

OK. But I am presuming that if he can hold it for around 6/8 hours at night, every night, and only does it when we go out, that it is most likely to be mental rather than medical.
To be clear on a point: the main place that Paddy lives is at Janet's, but he only pees in your home?

No. Paddy lives at Janets and only pees at her home. When he comes to stay with me, I have never left him alone.
In my experience dogs can behave significantly differently when they're outside their comfort zone.

We can understand him peeing in Janets kitchen when he is left alone, as this is very much outside his comfort zone. However, it is the peeing on the sofa in the lounge - which is in his comfort zone - which was the initial problem.
For example, when my dog Friday first came here, he was fine with my work-a-day world, but would bark continuously when I occasionally went out in the evening.

He's not done for around 6 months, but has started again.

Off to the vet to check for a UTI - and clean with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle.

OK.
If that doesn't pan out, try to think of ways that you've disrupted Paddy's "comfort zone", it may be something you consider minor - for example, Paddy may not like peeing in your garden.

See above, not my house - the only time he pees in Janets house is when he is left alone.
Which brings another thought - do you actually see him pee on the mornings of the days that you come home to a pee spot in the kitchen?

MMM! Before we go out, (from Janets house), she always lets him into her back garden for a few minutes, (in fact up to around 5/6 minutes), so he has a chance to pee. I dont know that we have always seen him pee in the garden on these occasions - We'll keep an eye out for it.

Does this clear things up a bit?
Many Thanks

Richard Faulkner
Before we go out, (from Janets house), she always lets him into her back garden for a few minutes, (in ... - We'll keep an eye out for it. Does this clear things up a bit? Many Thanks Richard Faulkner

Instead of LETTING him out, TAKE him out (with a flashlight if needed!) and praise him to the hilt for going out there. He sounds anxious about you 2 leaving, and this way at least his bladder will be empty.

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MMM! Before we go out, (from Janets house), she always lets him into her back garden for a few minutes, ... we have always seen him pee in the garden on these occasions - We'll keep an eye out for it.

Ah. I know that if my dogs know we're leaving - which Spenser in particular has incredible sensitivity to realizing - letting them outside would do no good at all.
Might be part of the problem/solution.

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We can understand him peeing in Janets kitchen when he is left alone, as this is very much outside his ... peeing on the sofa in the lounge - which is in his comfort zone - which was the initial problem.

Is he peeing on the sofa, or marking the sofa? (Where is the sofa dampened?) That may make a difference in the suggestions you get.
Does this clear things up a bit?

Yes it does, thanks.
I almost always take my dogs outside, especially when I have to leave for a few hours - even though they're fully housetrained, I'd hate for them to be uncomfortable during the day.

This has a couple of added benefits: they've learned to go in the same spot (I've sacrificed one small area of my back lawn) and I can get a general idea of their health.
And, as Mary said, this could be marking behaviour - so clean up with Nature's Miracle.

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