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Peeing in the House
Hi, I am a long time member but haven't been active for quite awhile. Nearly seven years ago we adopted Jesse James and Shadow from HRI and we adore both of them. They were a bonded pair, about two years old. There has always been a mild peeing issue, especially with Jesse who likes to pee in his brother's food dish, given a chance. And a bit of marking, especially after people or other dogs have been in our home. But it has really not been a huge issue and they really got much better about using the dog door; they love to be outside except with wet grass or a rain storm. Snow doesn't seem to be an issue. But in the last few months we have had rain nearly every day in Ohio and I mean hard rain that has soaked the ground. So the peeing has really increased even though the weather is now better. They don't pee in front of us but everyday there is at least two "accidents". There is no issue with pooping in the house, just peeing. We have tile and hardwood floors so cleanup is not really an issue for us but I'd like to not mop all the time.
So, given their age, I don't know if retraining is really doable. Have any of you experience with pee pads or belly bands? Do you think they might be helpful? I might add that I have had knee surgery and am still hobbled with it so I can't really walk them (and they have never gone while on a leash) nor can I watch them all the time as I have to elevate my leg.
I don't know that this is a desperate issue for us; we adore them and would never give them up for a pee problem. It would just be nice to not have to wipe up pee all the time.
I do want you all to know what wonderful dogs they are, they have gone from terrified, biting, trembling dogs to dogs that love to cuddle and be around us. They are even good with children although I keep a careful eye on them with really young children. We are so happy to have found them and we really thank the foster parents and HRI for all they did to rescue them.