Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Figuring Out What the Problem Is
When your dog starts going to the toilet in the house for no apparent reason, you need to be concerned. This is often an indicator of disease, rather than an actual behavior problem. Either way, you need to try to figure out what’s causing the problem if you’re going to successfully treat and fix it.
So how do you know?
If your dog is old (older than 8 years) and/or the problem is paired up with other issues such as a sudden loss of appetite, loss of interest in games, loss of energy, excessive drinking, blood in the urine or the appearance of bald patches, chances are it’s a medical problem and you need to seek help from the vet. This book cannot help you if your dog is sick.
If your dog is very timid and easily frightened, you may be dealing with submissive urination.
If the problem happens when your dog is very excited, such as when meeting a new person, it’s probably excitement urination.
If your dog was housetrained before but is now toileting in the house for no apparent reason, and there are no other symptoms, it may simply be a housetraining regression – the dog has “forgotten” her housetraining. This can happen for a number of reasons, which we’ll discuss in a minute.
If your dog is male and he does the “leg cock” move when he pees on something, chances are he’s marking his territory. (Females do this occasionally too, but it’s quite rare.)
Lastly, if the issue only happens when you leave your dog alone, the problem might be the result of separation anxiety, which is a problem in itself.
Let’s look at each of these issues separately and how to deal with each one.
Next time: How to Stop Submissive Urination
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