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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2009, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Just Plain Lazy?

Mochi is about a year old now and has been pretty reliable when it comes to peeing on the ugodog. The only problem occurs when she has her best buddy come over, a morkie, who she loves to play with. She will over exert herself, drink an incredible amount of water, and then pee wherever she is happens to be standing at the time.

Like today, I took her to potty on the ugodog and then 15 min. later, she pees on the carpet! I know she can hold her pee for hours because we crate her at night and sometimes we sleep for 9-10 hours and she never wakes us up to go!

Then just a couple hours later she ran past the ugodog and then, uh oh, peed a few feet away from it. Is she just too lazy to hold her pee when she is tired from playing?? The only time she has been inconsistent is when she has played a lot with other dogs.

Just wondering if anyone else has this problem...

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I doubt it's laziness... It's probably a combination of really NEEDING to go more often because she's drinking more (because she's exercising more) and distraction from having a buddy to play with, and not "listening" to her body's signals. This happens all the time with little children, and they are surprised and dismayed when they all of a sudden realize their clothes are wet. Would it be possible to get some doggy diapers for her to wear just when she's having indoor playtime with her friend? She may just grow out of the problem, but in the mean time, it's probably better for both of you not to have pee all over the house!!!


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I agree with Karen. I think she is super excited to have a playmate and doesn't want to leave the spot to go pee b/c she might miss something fun. Dogs can hold it for hours at night b/c they are sleeping, not moving around, and not excited. Excitement without moving around can cause increased need to urinate. Add excitement to running around and playing and you've got a dog just focused on the moment of playing.

I think that's a very good idea to use those cloths made to keep dogs from marking - but you will probably need to use a sanitary pad since this is actually peeing and not marking. I wouldn't use this unless you are around to watch and make sure they don't remove and eat the pad.

I don't have a clue how to fix this behavioural wise so you wouldn't have to use the belly bands. I'm just not knowledgeable like others about changing behaviours - but I am sure someone can give some advice on how to go about training for this.
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A few points - how long Mochi holds it at night doesn't relate to daytime. Adult dogs' systems sort of hibernate at night, so they don't get the signals about needing to pee, unless they widely wake up and the whole thing gets into gear.

The best way is to train away from the behavior. Which means catching her in the act and correcting it. When she starts to pee on the floor, make a loud distracting noise - "Ack, ack!!", pick her up by the belly ( this usually stops to flow, but you may get some pee around ) but put her right on that Ugodog. Disrupt, distract, correct. Watch her like a hawk when the pups come to play and you may get to correct it.

It sounds like she is not peeing in the SAME place on the carpet. If it were, you could, after cleaning with enzymatic cleaner, put her food or bed there so she knows it is not a potty.

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I have the same problem with Chico when he has guests. He will ususally pee on the UGODOG but poops could happen anywhere. If I can I will take Chico and his guess outside every little while. They quite often take turns marking on each others markings and when they come in Chico is quite often peed out. That doesn't help with the poops though. I think he doesn't want to take too long going to the toilet because his guests might get bored and leave.
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Thanks everyone. I guess there is nothing I can do but be more vigilant in watching her when she has playmates. I think I have let my guard down because she is otherwise perfect in peeing on the ugodog. She also holds her pee well during the day, not just at night - for about 4-6 hours usually.

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