Why is my older dog urinating indoors?

September 1, 2015

As your teddy bear dog becomes older, it may begin to use the toilet inside regardless of training, leaving you frustrated and unable to comprehend why.

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Have you already toilet trained your teddy bear dog?
  • Has it been successful for at least six months at waiting patiently for you to let it outside to do its business?
  • Have you checked with your vet whether he or she is not suffering from urinary incontinence, Cushing's Disease or is suffering from a bladder infection or other infection?
older teddy bear dog innocent face

This innocent looking dog doesn't know it did anything wrong, but it peed inside again.

If you have ticked off this list you may want to look at your dog's behaviour from a social perspective.

The majority of your dog’s DNA comes from a wolf and most of its brain is still wired to think the way a wild animal would. Imagine Fido here as a wolf in teddy bear clothing, and then think about the pack structure of wolves. They have one leader and understandably, most humans are not usually very efficient pack leaders unless they have been trained to be one..

Let’s talk about how new members of the pack find their dens. When a wild wolf puppy gets lost and is seeking their pack, they follow their nose to make it home. The adult wolves make sure that that will happen by scent-marking everything, and that means urine for a strong scent that is obviously home.

Now that you know how wolves in the wild make sure that their young make it home combine that with the knowledge that you are not seen as the pack leader. Your dog sees itself as in charge of you so when you leave the house your dog wants to make sure that you are able to make it back home safely. It does what it would do in nature for any puppy in its pack and makes a mess everywhere to let you know where you need to be.

When you arrive home, your dog finds you angry and stressed out because of the urine but it does not correlate the two! It thinks you may have been upset because you were lost in the wild, not because your carpet is completely ruined. Your dog thinks it has protected you.

While that is sweet, it is not good for your carpet cleaning bill each month. To change this behavior and help your dog to understand that you are the leader you will need to start to think like a dog. This may sound like a challenge, but there are professionals who will take you through every dog behavior and lay out how to react to it.

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November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted

March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

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Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Connie RN,

December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one