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Why is she doing this?

I need help. Our 3 year old Fipsy is all of a sudden doing the strangest thing.

In one of our spare bedrooms, every time I open the door to the bedroom, she jumps on the bed and pees on it.

I have stripped all the bedding many many times, including quit and duvet and washed it over and over again, but she still keeps doing it.

I try to keep the bedroom door shut, but every once in awhile, I forget, and she does this every time the door is open. This has been happening the last couple of months.

Why would she do this - she is just the most trained dog I know, she would die before she would go potty in the house.

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We had to keep the guest room closed off. It was pooping ground when Dexter was a pup and also Jack.

Keep the door closed....this too shall pass.

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I hated to keep the door closed, so I put a gate up at the entrance to the guestroom and it did kept the dogs out when necessary.

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Sandi, we have a spare and that we rarely use and Jackson would sneak in and poop sometimes, especially when it was raining. They can be lazy if they want! Our door lock doesn't work well, so I put a big trash can in front of the door and he hasn't been back in since I did that. You might also put a treat up on the bed since they usually won't go where there is something good to eat.

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Henry does this when we go to visit with my parents. He pees/poops on their bed.
Now, I bring him out frequently & he has 2 pee-pads stations.

I am convinced it is a marking, territorial action.

(And then my Mom found Henry's dropping but never told me because she did not want me to be mad at Henry).

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Hi Sandi, the reason is really not that important. She has found it secluded before and it has become a habit. The scent probably is still there. It's next to impossible to TOTALLY eliminate the smell , especially if it has happened more than once there. Regressions are only natural with dogs. Check out my recent quote from Jean Donaldson. http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...ht=regressions Simply make the room inaccessible. And remember rule no. one with house-training accidents. No punishment .No cursing under your breath while you'r cleaning it up, LOL. Consider yourself lucky if she is reliable in general. Do some more reinforcement when she goes outside. It's always good to reward going outside periodically. I still reinforce Molly and she has'nt had an accident six years.

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I'm a big fan of odormute. actually bought it in bulk, b/c at the time had 2 pups. 20 yrs ago, the family cat, she used to get mad/even with me if I left for the weekend by peeing on a piece of clothing or bath towel (she' knock it to the ground, then pee on it)... this stuff worked great. I usually put it in with the wash, when I have a towel that was peed on.


the other thing you can try, which has given me a fair amount of success of breaking a bad habit, is I use these scented water based crystals, originally for gardening, if someone's cat or dog is eliminating where you don't want them to, the thought is the it'll disrupt their pattern and break the habit.
Repel away is one product brand, and I know that petsmart carries it with all the other cleaning aids for pee and poop.
I would sprinkle a little on a piece of foil and set it right where the crime scene is... they last about 5 days (dry up). careful b/c it can stain.

I have found the combination of the two very helpful when I was potty training my little guy.
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so weird. This happens with my dog too. Sometimes, maybe when there is a big storm, or he has diarrhea, or he is just feeling lazy, he poops in the guest room. My guess is that the part of the house they live/eat in is considered "in the crate" and everything else is "outside". The guest room is clearly "outside" since no one really lives in there. That's my theory anyway. I keep the door closed.

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