Many dog owners will know the heart sinking moment when they realize a little puddle has been left on their bed or favorite blanket.
There can be many factors as to why a dog might be urinating on your bed or soft furnishings, from potty training and illness to stress and anxiety. It is our job as dog owners to monitor our dogs to make sure they are happy and comfortable. In-home urination can be a sign that something is up with our pup, and so we need to find solutions when these issues arise.
We are going to take you through some of the reasons why your dog might be peeing on your bed and blankets, what you can do to help stop it and how to implement this change into your dog’s routine.
Why Does My Dog Pee on my Bed or Blanket?
Wondering why your dog pees on your bed or blankets? It could be down to the following:
One of the most common reasons for a dog peeing on the bed is young dogs who haven’t yet learnt where they can and can’t pee. With a consistent potty training routine this should be easily rectified, however you may want to seek help from a behavioral or medical professional should the issue persist.
Excitement, Fear, Stress or Anxiety
A dog peeing on your blanket or bed can be a sign of doggy distress. Whether something inside the home has upset them or an outside stimulus, sudden in-home urination can often be a sign that your dog is stressed or anxious. A change in routine, new smells, loud noises or different people coming into the home can all contribute to your dog signaling a stress response.
Often seen in abused or traumatized dogs, even when placed in loving homes our pups can be triggered by certain things that remind them of their past experiences. Looking out for and identifying your dog’s triggers will help keep in-home peeing at bay.
Our pets are very sensitive to new environments, and so scent marking or stress-peeing on the bed can be very common if you have just moved house or are traveling with your dog.
Also if you have other animals in the house or new people have come over and perhaps carry the scent of their own pets, these can all lead a dog to feel the need to mark their territory. They may also be sensitive to your smell, which is likely stronger on your bed or blankets, they associate this smell with comfort and safety and therefore mark it as theirs.
A sudden increase in urination frequency or urgency can be a sign of an underlying health condition or illness in your pup. If you are in any doubt about your dog’s health and wellbeing, always seek medical advice from your vet.
How Can I Stop My Dog Peeing on My Bed or Blanket?
So, what can actually be done to prevent your dog from peeing on your bed and blankets? Here are a few suggestions:
Don't allow your dog access to your bed- Keeping your bedroom door shut or perhaps even investing in baby gates can help teach your pup that the bedroom is a private space and a no-pee zone.
Ensure blankets are removed - Make sure that blankets are kept out of the way when your dog is around or left to their own devices.
Closely monitor and supervise your dog’s toilet habits- If you find your dog is having a spell of peeing in places they shouldn’t, it can be helpful for them to have a bit of a toilet training refresher. Find some time in your schedule to work on this with your dog and remind them where the appropriate places to pee are.
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Here are a few takeaways to think about when it comes to helping avoid little accidents in unwanted places:
Identify the issue - The most important step is to first identify the reason as to why your dog is peeing on your bed or blankets. Ruling out any illness or underlying health conditions is a must - once this is done you can start looking at the deeper root causes for your dog’s behavior.
Create an stress-free environment - Dogs will pick up on their owner’s stress and frustration, and so maintaining both a calm home and demeanor when dealing with your dog is super important. If your dog’s peeing behaviors are linked to trauma or anxiety, looking into ways to create a calmer environment for them can be extremely beneficial, whether this be pet-safe pheromone plug-ins, calming treats, soothing sounds or cozy corners for them to snuggle in. Lots of cuddles and reassurance from their human are always a win too!
Positivereinforcement - Whether through verbal commands, praise or treats, positive reinforcement is the most effective way to teach your dog. Reward wanted behavior each time your dog uses their pee pad as an essential action to encouraging and reinforcing desired behavior. Your dog will learn faster if they know they are doing a good job, so treats and belly rubs all round!
Don’tpunish, bepatient - Dogs don’t know how to be naughty, they will only ever act out for a reason. Never verbally or physically punish your dog for going to the toilet where they shouldn’t, a new toilet training routine will take time for them to learn. You cannot rush this process, patience is required of any good pet parent when implementing a new routine for their dog, and your animal will only respond to kindness and a gentle manner - raised voices and harshness are a recipe for disaster!
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