Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I'm having an issue with a year old rescue terrier. He and…

I'm having an issue...

I'm having an issue with a year old rescue terrier. He poops and pees in the house on an inconsistent basis. He pees sometimes on my other dog's bed. Why would he do that? They have a dog door to access outside and sometimes will reject going outside and then pee in the house.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Dog Trainer can help you. What is the dog's name?

Monty

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Dog Trainer should know about Monty?

He doesn't seem to respond to housebreaking training like any other dog I've had.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
3/12/2018
jadedangel57
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 20,405
Experience: breeder/ vet assistant.
Verified

Hi JaCustomer,

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

It is necessary for me to get a little information from you before I can type up your reply. Your patience is appreciated.

How long have you had the rescue?

Does he sometimes use the dog door?

How many other dogs do you have?

is the other dog a male too?

What have you tried to facilitate house training?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
We've had him for about 3 months.
Yes, he uses the dog door and knows where it is and sometimes goes outside to take care of business
We have one other dog who also a male, about 3 years old
To facilitate house training, initially, we went outside about every 2-3 hours and when he did it, he was praised.
If he did something in the house, he was told "no no" (not yelling, just a firm no!) and then taken promptly outside.
We go on regular walks, but he doesn't seem to want to do it then.
Initially, he was getting it with occasional accidents, nothing different from other dogs I've trained.
But after all this time, he still poops in the house and pees in my other dog's bed.

Thanks for the additional information. I'm typing up your reply now.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

The urinating on the other dog's bed is something dogs do to show dominance or to claim something. I'm inclined to believe that he is trying to claim the other dog's bed as his or showing the other dog that he is the more dominant dog of the house. This is called marking behavior. Typically the easiest way to correct this behavior is to clean any areas he has eliminated at or on with a good enzymatic cleanser. For betting it has to soak in to be effective. It breaks down the protein in the elimination to remove the odor. Other cleaners do not remove the odor well enough and the dog sniffs and finds his scent fading and it actually encourages him to re-mark the area. So a thorough cleaning with an enzymatic cleaner is the first step. It also helps with house training.

Training then to stop marking needs to be done. You can leash him to you and each time he goes to lift his leg near the bed, give a short tug and firm low toned "NO". After a few reprimands he should look at you when near the area and not lift his leg. When that happens, you need to reward him with calm praise and a paper thin hot dog slice as a treat. This will encourage him NOT to mark or eliminate in the house.

You will do this anytime he is not contained. Now the quickest easiest way to house train a dog is crate training.

I recommend crate training. Below you will find the way I crate train dogs, which has worked consistently for 15 years. If you have other dogs you will need to separate them when taking them out to go to the bathroom, as they will want to play rather than potty. I would also always take your dog outside on a leash. An unleashed dog can run into the street and get hit by a car, or get into a fight with another dog and be seriously injured. Do this even if you have a fenced yard. No playing with your dog during potty time either.

During crate training, you will be having your dog confined either in a crate or confined to a very small area which optimally will only allow the dog room to lay down in. Dogs will generally not soil an area where they sleep.

When you feed or give your dog water, take the dog immediately outside to go to the bathroom. Also take the dog out first thing in the morning, last thing at night and after extended play times and when they wake up after a nap. Take your dog to an area where you want your dog to go and preferably one that has been used previously. Allow your dog approximately 10-15 minutes to go to the bathroom. If your dog doesn't produce, take your dog inside and cage them again. If your dog does produce results allow her some uncrated time as a reward before crating or containing the dog again. Usually only about 30 minutes or so for an adult dog. If he hasn't stopped marking, you would leash him to you during this time.

If your dog didn't go to the bathroom, take your dog out again about 30 minutes later and repeat this until your dog goes. Praise your dog profusely and give a treat when your dog succeeds and is on the leash. This will teach your dog that it needs to go when you take your dog out and not play around first.

Some dogs learn quicker than others do, but once you have your dog going when it is on the leash and each time you take your dog out, you should be able to stop containing your dog. It is a lot of work, but pays off in the long run. Remember no playing or praise until your dog succeeds in going outside on a leash.

The key is no time outside of the crate unless you can have your eye on them constantly to pick them up and take them out if you see the classic sign of impending bowel movement or urination. Also, scolding a dog for going in the house does no good unless you catch them in the act. If you do catch them, a firm NO and trip outside should be done. Remember to clean any area inside they have gone with a good enzymatic pet deodorizing cleaner. Here is a site with more information on crate training.

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

This is how I house train all my dogs. In addition, 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. Some dogs do not want to go out by themselves and use a dog door haphazardly so the tried and true methods are best.

I'd also obedience train him so he sees you as the ultimate boss and as the boss, YOU own the home and everything in it so he will be less likely to eliminate on something that belongs to you.

I sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you. Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen ( rating me now does not close your question). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!

jadedangel57
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 20,405
Experience: breeder/ vet assistant.
Verified
jadedangel57 and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

jadedangel57
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask jadedangel57 Your Own Question
jadedangel57
jadedangel57
jadedangel57, owner
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 20,405
20,405 Satisfied Customers
Experience: breeder/ vet assistant.

jadedangel57 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

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

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:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, 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!!!!

AlexLos 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.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, 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.

EstherWoodstock, 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.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,499 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,947 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
I have a rescue poodle,2 years old. I have tried the on the
I have a rescue poodle,2 years old. I have tried the bell on the door,taking him out every 2hours and he pees outside some time but he will still pee n poop in the house.How can I stop this? … read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,011 satisfied customers
Audrey is a 1 1/2 year old female Bedlington Terrier -
Audrey is a 1 1/2 year old female Bedlington Terrier - lively, affectionate. She lives with a 3 1/2 year old male Bedlington Terrier, Willie, whom she is very fond of, two cats, several people. She is… read more
Doc Sara
Doc Sara
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
158 satisfied customers
I have 4 very small rescued, abused dogs. 3 rat terriers and
I have 4 very small rescued, abused dogs. 3 rat terriers and one chihuahua. The only male is a 3 year old, 8lb rat terrier who is adored by all, in fact, I call him my husband. The last dog I rescued … read more
Doc Sara
Doc Sara
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
158 satisfied customers
My dog is peeing and pooping in the house, housebroken
My dog is peeing and pooping in the house, even though he was housebroken. He is about 6 years old. He started peeing in the house on both the carpet and the kitchen floor, just outside of his dog doo… read more
Expert
Expert
my 6 month old cheweenie puppy, was potty trained to go on
my 6 month old cheweenie puppy, was potty trained to go on the potty pad...well somewhat...but then he started learning to go outside. now when hes in the house, he doesn't go on the pad anymore, he w… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
We seem to be having quite a difficult time potty training
We seem to be having quite a difficult time potty training our 3 month old female rat terrier puppy. We have had her for about a month now. We take her out in the backyard to do her business, but she … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
569 satisfied customers
rat terrier mix: She goes pee outside not in house
we recently acquired a rat terrier mix dog. She goes pee outside not in house but is constantly pooping in the house, We have tried taking her out every two to three hrs. She starts outside and poops … read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
dog: is 21 months old and has been potty trained..accidents..doggie
My dog is 21 months old and has been potty trained for over a year. He has had two accidents inside in the same place in the last two weeks. He has a doggie door that he uses all day long. What can I … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,413 satisfied customers
Westie Mix: adopted..poop..tonight..his leg against the sofa to pee
i adopted a Westie Mix from Washington Animal Rescue League in January 2008. He was totally housetrained and was great until about four months ago. Now he will poop in the house when we are out and to… read more
Denise Colgrove
Denise Colgrove
Relief veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
6,383 satisfied customers
I have a 11 month old mini daschund, I bought him from a pet
I have a 11 month old mini daschund, I bought him from a pet store in Japan. He is used to peeing and pooping in the crate, I praise him when he pees outside, but he also pees inside the house and poo… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
674 satisfied customers
I have 2 poms, 1 male and 1 female, my male is the problem
I have 2 poms, 1 male and 1 female, my male is the problem child, he is 5 years old and she is 4 1/2. They are kennel trained and are in there from 7:30 to 2:30 everyday. My little boy has started poo… read more
Dr. Jennifer
Dr. Jennifer
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
114 satisfied customers
how do I get my dog to stop peeing on the couch and carpet
how do I get my dog to stop peeing on the couch and carpet? Dog goes in spurts, seems like for a week all things are fine. Like last night, he peed on the couch. Now today, he peed on the living room … read more
Karen Purcell
Karen Purcell
Relief Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
502 satisfied customers
We have an 8 month old maltipoo who we cant housebreak. He
We have an 8 month old maltipoo who we can't housebreak. He doesn't poop in the house but he pees almost daily (we also have 2-18 month old shihpoos who are housebroken). We've tried crating him and b… read more
Dr. Jenn
Dr. Jenn
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
5,610 satisfied customers
In additions to the night terrors we are having trouble house
In additions to the night terrors we are having trouble house breaking the dog. Any suggestions?… read more
Dr. Will
Dr. Will
Owner/veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
201 satisfied customers
I have 2 dogs, both bischon friese/shi tzu mix. One is 9 years
I have 2 dogs, both bischon friese/shi tzu mix. One is 9 years old and 3 years old. The young one still marks in the house plus will go #2 in the house, even though we have a pet door. He will also at… read more
Doc Sara
Doc Sara
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
158 satisfied customers
Hello, I have a 12 week old Zuchon and housebreaking is going
Hello, I have a 12 week old Zuchon and housebreaking is going well, except when I put him in his crate, he wets his bed! What should I do? Thank you! M. Thomas… read more
Doc James
Doc James
Post-Doctoral Degree
863 satisfied customers
Cavalier: medical question but a behavioral question..old female
My problem isnt so much a medical question but a behavioral question. I have an 11 mo. old female Cavalier King Charles. All vaccines are up to date and has had no history thus far of urinary tract in… read more
Doc James
Doc James
Post-Doctoral Degree
863 satisfied customers
Westie: 15 year old..doggie door..pees in the house periodically
I have a 15 year old Westie. I've known him all his life, but he didn't become mine until he was 9. His previous owner didn't do a great job house training him. He has a doggie door than he knows how … read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
16,499 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x