My border collie, Cabela, had never had an accident in our house. Unfortunatley she developed a severe bacteria infection in her intestines, which resulted in accidents in the house. No matter how many times we walked her she still had accidents and we knew it was because she was sick. She would only have her accidents in the dinning room. She is back to her normal self and the vet said the bad bacteria is now gone. The only problem is Cabela now has it in her head that if we aren't home it is ok to go in the dining room. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to reverse this?
It is my personal belief that the best remedy for stopping your dog from urinating in your dining room, or anywhere - is supervision.
The only way a dog can learn not to urinate somewhere, is if he is caught in the act - and redirected to the proper location. In your case, it seems to me that your dog has accepted the view that it is okay to urinate in your dining room if you are not present.
So to stop it, you will need to catch her urinating in your dining room, give her a "Ahh!!" verbal reprimand and bring her outside to finish her business. This will be hard since she has learned that it is safe to do it when you aren't home, so here are a few tips which will hopefully help you:
- Do you crate your dog? If yes, then you can easily crate your dog before you leave your house - this will eliminate the problem of lack of supervision.
- Do you have baby gates? Those are a good option to stop your dog from accessing your dining room when you are not home.
The last tip I want to give you, is to create situations where she might go urinate in your dining room while she thinks you are not watching her. Example, before bringing her outside you can leave her inside and bring her in the dining room - and pretend like you are doing something ... keep an eye open and see if she'll urinate in the dining room.
You can also leave a window open, step outside and watch her from the window - see if she urinates in the dining room and if she does, yell out your "Ahh!!!" from outside to startle her and then let her go outside.
One very last thing I should mention - is that your floor might still smell like urine. Dogs will continue to urinate in the same area once that smell has been established. Try using an stain & odor remover specifically formulated to remove urine smell, they sell them at pet stores. Once you wipe the urine off, you can wipe this on top to get rid of the smell ... you will have to do it every single time though.
The product i've used while my puppies were young is called "Four Paws Industrial Super Strength Stain & Odor Remover", it's a yellow bottle and I got it at Pet Smart.
I hope this helps you a little bit - maybe other members have more insights they can share with you! :msnwink: