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New House and PP trouble

We have moved into a new home and it's obvious that Hannah is not secure yet. She has open access to yard all day via doggy door and I walk her alot.

Several times now, twice when we were away she peed upstairs on carpet and this morning, after going outside during her usual morning routine she came up stairs and peed by the bed. It's obvious she's still not feeling at ease in the new place.

Any suggestions on how to deal with this situation? Thanks and Happy 4th to all.
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Where dealing with house training a puppy, or dealing with an older dog having a set-back… the answer is the same. Limit their freedom to an area where you KNOW they can be successful.If your girl is consistently having accidents upstairs, block the stairs so she can't get up there unsupervised. In the mean time, make sure you take her up their frequently to play with you in those areas, and spread some kibble or small treats over the floor so she associates this area as a "not potty" space.


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A move can be overwhelming to a dog especially if the house size is lots bigger or smaller or if the configuration is different. Most of my dogs have done well with moves; but one, an Aussie, had difficulty when we moved to a much bigger house. Not potty problems, but some behavior problems. Karen's suggestions should help Hannah adjust and get back to her normal self. Hannah is so cute!
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i have not moved and am having the same difficulty. I have 2 Havs. I think it is my older one who is almost 9. He is in good health and has been doing this for a few years on and off and I am so frustrated. I have dog gates at the openings to the living room and he keeps pushing the gates and getting inside and peeing. He has peed in my office. He has even peed on the rug in my bedroom and he sleeps in that room! ANd of course, always on the rug in these room, not the wood floor. (: Should I start putting treats on the the rugs so he begins to associate these areas with treats and not a place to pee?
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Very much appreciate the suggestions. Will try with limiting access, then the play with some treats on the floor. Will post and let others know how it's going. Happy belated 4th to all! Hope your little ones were not too frightened by the fireworks! Hannah was not bothered by them, maybe because she is accustomed to the major thunder every afternoon here in Florida.
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i have not moved and am having the same difficulty. I have 2 Havs. I think it is my older one who is almost 9. He is in good health and has been doing this for a few years on and off and I am so frustrated. I have dog gates at the openings to the living room and he keeps pushing the gates and getting inside and peeing. He has peed in my office. He has even peed on the rug in my bedroom and he sleeps in that room! ANd of course, always on the rug in these room, not the wood floor. (: Should I start putting treats on the the rugs so he begins to associate these areas with treats and not a place to pee?
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That wouldn't hurt. Unfortunately, if there is already a history of peeing in these areas, there is NO way, short of replacing the rugs to get the smell out to the point that a DOG can't smell it. (even if a human can't!) This makes it extremely hard to break a long-term habit. The best alternative with a dog of this age is to get better gates so he just CAN'T get into these areas of the house without close supervision.


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Another option was suggested to me by a vet behaviorist friend. I would NOT try using this to take a dog TO the fireworks, but if you have one who has already shown signs of fireworks fear, Melatonin has been proven to help with many anxiety problems. It is not sedating, just takes the anxiety away.

I tried it with Kodi last night (1mg for a Havanese, per her recommendation) and for the first time in 3 years, he didn't climb under the covers to hide, but lay,sprawled on his back (as he usually does) beside me as I read. When I got up to get a cup of tea, he immediately woke up and trotted down stairs beside me, so he certainly didn't seem sedated in any way.

As with any meds, even if they are herbal, check with your vey for any contraindications with your specific vet before trying it.


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Krandall- thank you for replying.
I know they can smell where they have prevously urinated even though I dont smell it because he chooses the same location repeatedly. I was just thinking that perhaps he will associate that location with treats and then not want to pee where he ate?
In my living room I have limited his access by using a doggie gate...but he has pushed through it on occassion. I shut every door when I leave for work. But when someone else at home leaves after me, they are not so vigiliant. UGH! Is there somethng I can spray that makes it unpleasant ?
Its a good thing I didnt spend a lot of money on these rugs or I would be even more upset!
Any other suggestins woould be greatly appreciated.
I was even thinking of using the tactic of using a leash to have hiim stay in that area for a period of time in which case he wouldnt pee where he has been laying. (Saw that on the "Lucky Dog" show with Brian McMillan.)
Any thoughts?

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Another option was suggested to me by a vet behaviorist friend. I would NOT try using this to take a dog TO the fireworks, but if you have one who has already shown signs of fireworks fear, Melatonin has been proven to help with many anxiety problems. It is not sedating, just takes the anxiety away.

I tried it with Kodi last night (1mg for a Havanese, per her recommendation) and for the first time in 3 years, he didn't climb under the covers to hide, but lay,sprawled on his back (as he usually does) beside me as I read. When I got up to get a cup of tea, he immediately woke up and trotted down stairs beside me, so he certainly didn't seem sedated in any way.

As with any meds, even if they are herbal, check with your vey for any contraindications with your specific vet before trying it.
hey Karen you know Dr. Dodman cool.

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hey Karen you know Dr. Dodman cool.
I do know Dodman, but it wasn't him who suggested this to me.


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