How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Jane Lefler Your Own Question

Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
Category: Dog Training
Satisfied Customers: 16668
Experience:  Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 16+ years
Type Your Dog Training Question Here...
Jane Lefler is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

We have temporarily moved into a townhouse with a very small

Resolved Question:

We have temporarily moved into a townhouse with a very small patch of grass (while building a house) and my Mini-Poodle is exhibiting new / bad behavior about peeing. He will go outside with me and my toy poodle, do nothing then come inside and pee on the floor. He is 7 years old and housetrained. He will stand there and look at the grass for as long as 3 hours...... It's very unpredictable, sometimes he will go outside and other times he just stands there. This has been going on for several months. I got him from a breeder when he was 4, he is a champion, and will not go at all on leash. He has a lot of anxieties about noises but nothing specific seems to correlate to this behavior. I can't walk him to go potty cause he won't go on leash and he won't go half the time when I let him out (which is often), so I don't know what to do.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 months ago.
Hi JaCustomer,.My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. .In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response. I hope you can be patient. .You say he doesn't mark and will stand right in front of you and urinate. So does he squat before urinating or does it just seem to come out?I do know that submission urination is tiny small amounts in most cases.Is he drinking more than he used to?Do you know if dogs used to live in this apartment before you moved in?Is there any particular place that he is going in?Does he have a clear signal to use to indicate he needs to go out?What are you cleaning up with?Is the area carpeted, porous or sealed flooring?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.

He stretches out a little, doesn't actually squat. He is not drinking more than he used to. No dogs lived here before and they put in brand new carpet before we moved in. He does not go in the same place every time. This morning it was while coming up the stairs, all the way across the living room and into the bedroom. He does signal that he needs to go out, he stands in front of me and stares at me, when I ask him if he wants to go out, he jumps up and spins around and runs to the door. Then he just stands there outside about 50% of the time. The floor is new carpet. low pile textured. And I clean up with water and shop vac.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 months ago.
Laura,
.
Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful. I asked about pets because if a dog lived there in the past and urinated on the floors, it can seep down into the padding and even into the subflooring underneath the carpet and padding. If not cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner and sealed for subflooring, it can draw a dog to urinate there.
.
Additionally cleaning with just water and a shop vac doesn't remove the odor. It may remove it well enough to fool a human nose as will many cleaners, but a dog's nose is much more sensitive and can still smell the faint odor of urine. The only way to get the odor removed is to use an enzymatic cleanser and be sure it soaks in a little longer than the original urine before blotting it up or pulling it back up. Enzymatic cleaners actually break down the protein to allow the odor to be removed enough that even the dog doesn't detect it. So you will want to do that to ensure no odor remains. You might also get one of the special lights from the hardware store that shows up the stains.
.
You might also get him checked over medically. A dog with a Urinary tract infection can have problems holding their urine. Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are frequent urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine, squatting frequently to urinate, strong odor to the urine, inappropriate urination and straining to urinate as well as an increase in fluid intake. A dog with a UTI does not always show all the symptoms and typically displays 2 or 3. I believe you need to have your Vet check your dog out so it can get medication for the problem if your dog is displaying 2 or more of the above symptoms.. He does have inappropriate urination and dribbling even though you think that is from fear or submission, it is worth checking.
.
Male dogs can also become incontinent and the bladder sphincter just isn't as strong as it used to be. . If this is the case, there are medications that your vet can prescribe to help with the problem if it gets to be more of an issue. You can read about this here:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/urinary_incontinence.html

.

There is a product called a belly band that helps with this issue in a male dog. You can see these here:

http://www.heartoftexasgreyhounds.com/bellyband.htm

.

I would try to give him a better signal to use to get your attention for when he has to urinate or defecate. Put a bell or other noise maker on the door low enough for the dog to reach. Each time you take the dog out, ring the bell. The dog will associate ringing the bell with going out and one day ring the bell to signal to you that he needs to go out. This takes the guess work out of it and if you are busy, you will hear the bell.

.

If a medical cause is ruled out, you might want to retrain him again. I would do crate training as it prevents them from going on the floors and it also teaches them that they have to go out when you take them outside. You can reward them eliminating outside with tasty treats like hot dog slices or liver slivers. With crate training they also are rewarded with time outside the crate when they eliminate outside. Initially keep that time down to like 30 minutes out of the crate when they eliminate outside. Here is a site on crate training.

http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html

.

You might also feed and water on a set schedule keeping a log of the times he eats and drinks and when he urinates and defecates. Most dogs have a schedule and if you can figure out his schedule, you can plan on having him outside those times he is most likely to have to go.

.

You might also try leashing him to you so that you can see when he starts to lean forward a bit and then give a little tug and firm NO and take him outside. If he won't eliminate with a leash on, perhaps letting him trail it in the house will be enough to prevent the urination.

.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

.

If you have questions in the future that you wish me to answer, you may go here http://www.justanswer.com/pet/expert-jane-lefler/ and bookmark the page or make it a favorite. It is best to put my name "JANE" in the question as well. Please recommend me to your friends and family members if they have any problems with their dog as well. I would truly appreciate it.

Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
Category: Dog Training
Satisfied Customers: 16668
Experience: Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 16+ years
Jane Lefler and other Dog Training Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 months ago.
Just a quick follow up to see if you had a chance to try any of my suggestions. I hope you found my suggestions helpful.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
< Last | Next >
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Pawsitivtrainr

    Dog Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    145
    35+ years Training Dogs
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PA/Pawsitivtrainr/2012-6-19_191152_DOROTHYANN500X509.64x64.jpg Pawsitivtrainr's Avatar

    Pawsitivtrainr

    Dog Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    145
    35+ years Training Dogs
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AG/agilityaddict/2012-6-6_18501_IMG4422.64x64.jpg agilityaddict's Avatar

    agilityaddict

    Pet Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    89
    20 years experience training dogs in obedience and agility, current 4-H agility superintendent
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    68
    I have been a breeder and owner of dogs for over 40 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/dogdoc4u/2012-6-18_0347_CanonPics2012082.64x64.jpg Dr. Altman's Avatar

    Dr. Altman

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    55
    Practicing small animal veterinarian for 15 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Pet Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    43
    40 yrs. training pet dogs and performance dogs in obedience, agility, herding, tracking, and therapy.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    32
    13 years experience as a veterinarian dealing with dogs.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2014-5-4_221755_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Animal Behaviorist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1364
    Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 16+ years