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How old is your dog?
Is he neutered?
Do you always have him go on wee wee pads or is this something you leave out for him while you work?
Does he still go in the bathroom too or just on the rug?
Thank you for that information. Given his age and pattern change in something he has always done the first thing that comes to mind is canine cognitive dysfunction. This is much like human dementia and it comes on gradually with small changes, but the owner mostly notices when the dog starts to urinate inappropriately. Watch for other symptoms such as seeming a bit lost or confused , getting stuck in corners, forgetting what side of the door to go out of, etc.
The next thing that comes to mind is a health problem such as a UTI, Bladder stones, or prostate problems.
I would suggest that you get a urinalysis to determine a problem in the bladder. this is as simple as dropping off a sample of urine for testing to your vet.
Until you have a health screening I would suggest you limit the dogs access to areas you do not want ruined as this sets the dog up to fail and if it is health related he can't help it.
You are very welcome. If he were a younger dog I would look at behavior but usually when a well trained dog suddenly has accidents then it is time to look at health.