Puppy pees on her blankets?


I have an 8 month old miniature dachshund puppy and she is almost completely house broken. When I have to leave for work I put her in her exercise pen. If there are not any blankets down she will not pee in the pen. If I give her some blankets to keep her warm she will always pee them, even if Im only gone for an hour. I used to just wash the blankets everyday but that does not work and I feel like it teaches her bad habits. The problem is that we have a basement studio apartment and it gets very cold. The floors wood floors so they can get very cold too. I need a way to keep her warm. She chews up everything so I know not to use any kind of electric heating device. Any suggestions on how to either stop her from peeing on the blankets or how to keep her warm while I am gone?
Malibu eats everything! She actually had a dog bed in there and it lasted about 3 days before she destroyed it. We have also tried the pee pads and she ate them too.

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4 Responses to “Puppy pees on her blankets?”

  1. dog_puppy?!?! says:

    If shes really small you should get a long sock cut slits in it so she could wear it like a shirt.

  2. Jimmy says:

    i also have the same problem, what can i do about it

  3. schnauzermom says:

    maybe you could purchase a regular doggie type bed for her to sleep in and get some puppy pads for her to pee on.

  4. Sparrowette says:

    My first guess is that she is peeing out of spite or nervousness. If she knows to hold it when it is just the bare floor, something else is going on. She could be nervous about the separation, but that suggests she would pee on the bare floor too. Perhaps she saw you working to wash those blankets everyday and sees that as punishment for leaving her alone. (A note: washing the blankets will most likely not remove the ammonia smell which signals to her that this is a place to pee, so look out! I recommend a pee-scent remover detergent so that she won’t pee on these blankets just because they smell like pee.)

    Alternatively, it could be that the warmth of the blankets makes her unable to hold her pee. Related to this, you mentioned the dog was a she, meaning she would pee by squatting. Perhaps the bare floor is too cold for her to comfortably squat (she is young), so she is being forced to hold it unless there is a warmer place to relieve herself (like blankets).

    Let me suggest one other thing to you: you mentioned she is "ALMOST completely housebroken." It is MOST LIKELY that her housetraining isn’t complete yet, so I would hold off any of the following suggestions until you "complete" housetraining and the problem still persists.

    Depending on what the problem is, there are different solutions, so you’ll have to figure out the motivation for the peeing. Try putting her in the pen for at least an hour when you are home and see what she does (don’t play with her, but keep an eye on her and let her know you are not gone). Start with no blankets, and then try it with blankets. If she gives you a signal she has to go out, then she is peeing out of need to go. If she is fine and dandy, it is most likely out of spite or nervousness. You may need to do this a few times to get an accurate feel for the situation.

    If she is peeing out of need to go, you may want to retrain her with pee pads (at least while she is in her pen) to make sure she is comfortable and safe. Dab a little of her pee on the pad so she understands that this is where she should go, and be sure to give lots of praise when you come home and she has used the pad. You may want to start her getting used to the pad while you are home so you can praise her right away and she understands why she is being praised. The downside is that this may confuse her about going outside at first, and it will take time to sort things out.

    If this is spite/nervousness peeing, you need to understand the root of the problem, and fix it. The dog needs to understand that you are not leaving because she was bad, and that you are coming back. I recommend a good cleaning of the floor (no ammonia!), and little trips away from home for you at first, getting her used to the idea that you are coming home. Do your "leaving routine" (Be sure not to make a big deal of leaving! Don’t do long goodbyes and lots of petting… save that for your return!) and stay just outside the door. Wait 5 minutes and come back. Then increase the time. Once you hit 1 hour, move to 2 hours and then on from there (remember that an 8-month old puppy really shouldn’t be left alone for more than 5-8 hours). Do a calm but friendly greeting when you get back, and it will be more about the reunion than the leaving for her. Also, be sure to punish (ONLY IF YOU KNOW THE PEEING IS SPITEFUL) in some way OTHER than being put in the pen (this will be REALLY confusing!), and of course never strike your dog.

    I hope this helps!
    I wish you and your mini-dach the best of luck, and lots of love!

    EDIT: I just saw your note about her eating everything, including pee pads! That is a problem for my suggestion regarding pee pads. My suggestion here is to give her something else to eat! KONG toys work wonders, and you can hide treats inside (hopefully this is more attractive than the pee pad). Make sure puppy has food and water, too.

    There is also the unfortunate possibility that this is a symptom of a larger problem: Puppy Pica. If she literally eats almost anything and everything, she may have pica, or the eating of non-food objects. While puppies may just be exploring, with an older dog the behavior should have stopped. If this becomes the case, you need to get to the root of the bad action. Look at the behavior in its context to try and stop it. What happens right before the gutter eating? Right after? The dog may want attention, or he may be nervous about something in his environment. Once you figure out what is causing this behavior, you can correct it.

    This chewing and eating may be due to boredom, tooth pain, and/or anxiety about being alone. If this is where Puppy lives when no one is around, try observing the dog when she thinks she is alone. When you see the behavior, a good firm NO or a replacement of the non-food item in the mouth with a toy or bone (I recommend KONG toys if you have a chew-happy puppy or one who spends time alone). Don’t scare the dog (we don’t want an anxiety complex), but let her know that you saw her and it is not okay. This may stop the behavior if she isn’t sure whether or not you are watching. If puppy eats non-food items when you are around try engaging her in other things. She can’t eat stuff if she is too busy doing fun things like fetch and wrestling!

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