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jerseygirl
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posted 04-24-2003 09:37 AM           Edit/Delete Message
I have a 12 yr old siberian husky that is urinating on carpet in dining room while we are asleep. He is out at 11 pm and then again the next morning at 8 am, then about 3 x during day. If we block him out of room, he will hold it all night. We had carpet cleaned few days ago, blocked him from room, he was fine. Last night he got through the barrier and urinated. What would help him hold it during night? Mabey anipryl for senility? Appreciate any suggestions, it is hard to keep barrier up to the carpeted room.

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posted 04-24-2003 12:39 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Has this dog ever been crate trained???? I would definitely reccommend it if he was crate trained when he was younger. I am not sure now that he is older but I think it would still be ok to crate train him now. I used to hate crates . i thought people who locked their dogs in "cages" were cruel until my keeshond came along. She ate my furniture , carpet , was the hardest dog to housebreak . I crate trained her and it totally changed her. I figured out it was only when I left her home alone that she did these things. When I left or went to bed I would crate her and both of us were happier and healthier for it. I have crate trained every dog I have had since then. They have a natural instinct to den. It is something my dogs really like now.Just a suggestion. Maybe some of the breeders on the board will give a better suggestion . Good luck.

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goob
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posted 04-24-2003 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for goob     Edit/Delete Message
Older dogs often lose control of their "functions"... it's just something you have to accept and work around if you want to keep the dog around longer. It could also be some sort of health problem, so he should be checked by your vet for any infections, etc. You probably can't get him to "hold it" for any longer, so the only way to "fix" the problem is to either take him out sometime during the night, or to provide him with an acceptable place to go in the house.

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JP
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posted 04-24-2003 01:27 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Goob is right. There is the possibility he has an infection (bladder or other). He might be losing control of his functions and not even realize it. I'd take him to the vet just to be sure

You could also make sure his water intake at night is kept to a minimum.

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jerseygirl
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posted 04-24-2003 01:49 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Yes, he was crate trained, loves his crate but will howl and cry if we put him in it overnight (we leave door open in daytime and he likes to lie in it). He only piddles in middle of night if he has access to that one room! He will not go in rest of house (hardwood floors) but just in the carpeted room. I hoped getting the carpet professionally cleaned and deoderized a few days ago would help, but he got in there last night and urinated. He was vet checked 6 mo again, senior profile labs and urinalysis, everything fine. I just dont understand how he can hold it all night, yet will piddle in that one room if he gets in there. Well, guess I'm going to invest in a safety gate, just hope he doesnt knock it down, he's 55 lbs!

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Noel19
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posted 04-24-2003 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Noel19     Edit/Delete Message
My Shih Tzu started urinating frequently on the floor when we left her at home. She was four years old at the time. I thought that she maybe had a bladder infection, so I took her to the vet and she was just fine. After about a month of doing this she just quit and it hasn't happened again. The vet said that it could be that she was upset or scared and she was just acting out just like a child does.

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JP
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posted 04-24-2003 09:37 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Dogs have such a keen sense of smell perhaps he can still "sense" the right spot to pee. Now it sounds more of a behavioral thing rather than medical.

Maybe remove the carpet altogether or put a door on the room?? (if possible)

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JP
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posted 04-24-2003 11:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message
hi again... I just read somewhere about a dog owner putting a few drops of tea tree oil on her carpet to stop the dog from chewing on it.....dog hates the smell, and this worked sucessfully! Thought this might be worth trying with your urinator!!!!

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jonez67
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posted 01-24-2004 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jonez67     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all ...

I found my way here to this topic because we are experiencing the same thing with our older male dog. He is an 11yr old Pit Bull and over the years has never had a problem with relieving himself inside the house. We recently moved to a new home and both are gone all day working and he is locked up in the house the whole time. Which isn't something he is really used to. So with a combination of age and a change in routine for him, Iím sure that is his problem. So since there really isnít any other resolution then let him go out during the day Ö which is impossible Ö Iíve managed to keep him confined to 1 room so heís not piddling all over the house, but unfortunately that room is the front room of the house. So with that Iíve just come to the realization that I have to shampoo my carpet frequently and lay out a whole lot of newspaper. But he doesnít always make it on the paper, and since I canít be shampooing my carpet nightly, Iím on the hunt for something that I can use to deter him from piddling in certain areas. And I see that someone mention Tea Tree Oil Ö for chewing because dogs donít like that scent. Iím going to try that and see what happensÖ Has anyone else tried it for a piddling problem since that message was posted?? If so I would like to know what the results wereÖ I will update once Iíve tried it myselfÖ

Jonez67

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