Do dogs mess in the house when upset? Or is that a farce? Say, a very house broken well trained 9 year old boxer, with zero health problems? A dog with a new people brother? Who only does it on the days I work, and she's not being left for any longer than she ever was ?
Does my dog need therapy ?
Are you *sure* she's being left in for the same amount of time? It's easy to forget how often we put our dogs out if they ask when we're at home - I learned this when I became a SAHM. All I do is put them in and out.
But even if you are certain that you don't put the dog out more frequently, it could simply be that the dog can't figure out the schedule if it's not the same every day. I am home most days for most of the day. And even though I used to work a full day and the dogs could "hold it", I wouldn't expect them to be able to do this now because they don't have a routine.
When I put my guys out in the a.m. my old guy does a quick squirt and wants his breakfast. My young guy sometimes doesn't even remember to go. Then they go out again because I have time. If I changed that - and expected them to actually relieve themselves fully, I"m positive they would both have accidents.
I'd carefully review your schedule, and maybe start making things the same even if you're home - e.g. if your dog is crated for half a day if you are not home, maybe crate him for half a day even if you are at home.
WellI feel your pain-we have an aging Bouvier-he's at least 11, old for them I t hink and although rare, he has accidents (and big dog, BIG accidents!). The WORST though is that, unless my husband clips them, he has very long tail feathers. And "stuff" gets stuck in there. And then brought in the house and "shared" whereever he sleeps, lies down. BIG, BIG fun to clean!! The "aging/less control" would be my vote, but always good to get checked.
A people baby is a big change, esp for a dog who is starting to get up in the years.
Can you put him out more during the day? Our dog's signs were very subtle, so we taught her to ring a bell (I got the idea off a post here, idr which one). We got one of those harness bell decorations from The Christmas Tree shop and hung it on the front door. We would ring the bells and say go potty! each time we let her out. She would do her business and come in for a cookie. It took about 2 weeks before she got the idea, and will ring the bells herself when she needs out.
When she first figured out how to do it, she wouldn't *stop* ringing the damn bells, but we just kept with it. Ring, cookie, potty, cookie. Rinse, repeat. We've never had a problem with her since.
Perhaps you are too wrapped up in the needs of your new little one (no shame, I've been there!!!) to be taking notice of your dogs signals. I bet if you teach him to use the bells (barring any medical problems) you'll be able to keep up with his needs a lot easier.
I think that Simkie is seeing a common trend, and knowing that that is what's going on could better help those who are trying to help you get to the bottom of your situation. It is very strange for all the animals in the house to start messing. I don't think that it's a direct statement to you. We went through a period much like yours after DD was born. The stress of a new baby on animals, esp older or more established, can be great. We just don't see it because they are silent.
I think that it *could* all be linked. Not saying that it is, but my guess is that 99% of the problems in all of the animals, unless there was a proven medical diagnosis (I'm not an expert), are related to the new baby. It's not a big deal if that's the case, and I'm sure that things will find a new rhythm. I'm not up to speed on the the situation with the cats, but will pop over and read the threads linked.
I wish you the best of luck. Animals messing in the house is beyond stressful.
LBM, you seem to be very defensive. Unreasonably so.
The only point I was attempting to make is that you sure have had some problems with your animals going to the bathroom in the house. That's it. I have no ulterior motives. I sure as hell don't have anything to "gain." I think it's really, really odd that you tried to deny that you've had these problems when YOU'VE put all that information out there for the world to see. Anyone who reads this forum with any regularity would know about your peeing cat and your pooping cat and the various problems you've had with them.
And now your dog is peeing and pooping in the house as well. You say she's been to the vet and just had bloodwork. Did you also do a fecal? How about a UA? If those weren't done, I would do them, soon.
If your dog is medically cleared and the issue is behavioral, perhaps you should really look to your management and the changes in your house in the past year or so. One animal with behavioral bathroom problems is an oddity. More than one is a trend. Is your one cat still peeing in the house? Of course all the baby stuff could be a trigger for your dog, but even your cat's issues could be stressing her, if they have not been addressed.
LBM, you didn't mention in answer to my question about her turnout/exercise schedule or who is in the house on these days that she has issues.
Do you think it's possible that it's just a scheduling/exercise thing?
My dog has been on the same schedule for most of his life. I get up, I feed, I turn him out, yada yada. As he gets older, this schedule is just as important for him as it was when we were potty training him as a pup.
I can virtually guarantee you that if he didn't get let out on the right schedule, he'd have issues too.
I'm not judging you at all--and frankly, I don't think anyone else is either. But it seems like there have been a lot of changes in your house and maybe you need to look carefully at the routine.
You've also had some sick kitties and it's quite possible that you're getting some additional anxiety from Miss Pooch as a result of that.
It's hard to say. Just brainstorming here and trying to figure something out.
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