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My rotten dog has suddenly started peeing on the carpet in one area and I can't seem to get her to stop. She is potty trained and knows better, but she also think she owns us and not the other way around. I've tried carpet cleaners, but that does not deter her. Any ideas on what I can do to break this bad habit?
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answered:    December 05, 2010
I've got two thoughts on this.

First, if this behavior has suddenly started, getting her checked by a vet might be a really good idea. If she's got some kind of infection, it's entirely possible that she doesn't have control.

Then, If she checks out, the next thing would be to determine what caused her to start this. Has something changed in the environment that has upset her? Is there anything particular about her chosen pee spot that is special -- i.e., another dog was there, etc.

If you can identify the trigger, then you can take appropriate action, ya know? Without having at least some idea of what has caused her to start this, it'll be hard to identify the best method of dealing with it.

Cleaning the carpet won't stop the behavior. Dogs have a sense of smell that makes them aware of a single scent molecule for long, long, long time after the spot has been marked.

The other thing to consider is taking her to obedience training (which is a hugely fun thing to do, anyway) or having someone come to your home.  A good trainer can give you tips and suggestions for how to retrain her.  If it is true that she thinks she's the alpha dog, then obedience training is critical so you can recognize how you might accidentally be reinforcing her bad behaviors and learn how to get to do what you want her to do -- and gave her love doing it.

Hope this helps -- good luck!
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answered:    December 07, 2010
If it's a "she," then I'd recommend you get her checked. Female dogs don't usually 'spot' urinate -- certainly, not the way males do -- so it's a bit unusual. She could have something going on in her girly areas that gives her the impression that she needs to urinate, like swollen anal glands or something of that variety. My female dog, Tasha, has lotsa troubles back in her yonder area, so she tends to tinkle quite a bit outside in small squirts instead of one long leak. If it is anal glands needing to discharged, you may even want to step outta the room and let the vet and the techs take care of that b/c it's very stinky. (Trust me, I was a tech for about six months when I was in-between jobs.) Let the vet give you some tips and tricks if he doesn't find anything of notice. Of course, the dog owns you. That's a dog's life. Get used to it.
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answered:    December 30, 2010
This is a losing battle. I would suggest getting a cheap rug where hopefully she will pee when she misbehaves. I am on my third dog and you can never fully stop them from occasionly peeing in the house. Remember that dogs are emotional animals and no matter how much you train them, sometimes their emotions go against their training and they will pee to make a point.
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