Dogs may pee on your bed for many reasons including a medical condition, excitement, leaving their scent, or because they are anxious. While it’s frustrating, it’s important not to yell at or punish your dog, as that isn’t likely to stop the behavior. Instead, work to pinpoint the reason for the inappropriate urination so you can address it properly
If your dog is peeing on your bed, you are likely beyond frustrated. Dog urine can ruin your bed. Plus, once the urine odor is there, your dog can be attracted to pee in the area again.
Your bed is appealing, soft, absorbent, and smells like you. Naturally, your dog wants to spend a lot of time there. Many people think that dogs pee on their owners’ beds as an act of dominance or rebellion. However, reason’s may be more complicated than this.
How To Deal With Inappropriate Urination
So you’ve had to strip your bed more times than you’d like this week, and you’ve considered buying stock in urine odor removal products. Whether a new puppy or a dog you’ve had for years, it’s just plain frustrating when your dog urinates where he shouldn’t—especially when it’s on your bed. Here are some things to consider:
If your dog is a very young puppy, there is a good chance the behavior will stop on its own. Puppies haven’t yet learned to control their bladders, so they may urinate anywhere. As they grow and gain better control, it’s likely to stop.
If the behavior started suddenly, see a vet right away. When a housebroken dog suddenly starts peeing on the bed, there is a good chance a medical condition is to blame. Diabetes, urinary tract infections, and spinal injuries are a few examples. You’ll want to make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible.
Note what happened just prior to the accident. As mentioned above, there are many reasons a dog may pee on the bed, including anxiety and excitement. Did you come in the room and pay lots of attention to the dog just before he urinated? It’s probably due to excitement. Did something startle or frighten him just before? It was likely anxious or nervous urination.
Occasional accidents can happen with any dog. Even a very well-trained dog may have the occasional accident. If it’s just a one off occurrence, you probably don’t have much to worry about.
If the problem is ongoing, a medical reason has been ruled out, and you can’t find a solution, enlist the help of an animal behaviorist who can work with you to try and stop the behavior. In the meantime, consider locking the pet out of your bedroom, or only allowing the pet in your bedroom while on a leash or in a crate so he can’t get on your bed. This will protect your bedding and mattress until you are able to resolve the issue.
Your Pup’s Bathroom Needs Have Been Neglected
Nothing may be wrong, even if there’s been a peeing incident. Perhaps, your adult pooch simply never learned all the rules of potty training. Despite the popular belief in old dogs and new tricks, even adult pooches can be housetrained with time and patience.
Another reason for the bed peeing accident may be the lack of ample bathroom breaks. If you’ve been leaving for long periods without popping in every few hours, it’s not so strange to discover a puddle of pee in the house.
Take now that puppies typically need to relieve themselves every two hours, and even older canines should be let out at least three to five times a day.
A dog wetting the bed may be a medical concern, so if your pet has made a habit out of it, maybe it’s time for a visit to the veterinarian. Incontinence or reduced bladder control is one of the symptoms of urinary tract infection, a painful bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics.
Frequent and uncontrollable elimination can also be indicative of other conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, bladder stones, arthritis, and kidney disease.
How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing on the Bed
If your dog has been peeing on your bed, you should first contact your veterinarian. Your vet will likely want to perform a physical examination and collect a urine sample for a urinalysis. Additional lab tests and even radiographs (X-rays) may be needed in some cases. Your veterinarian will discuss a treatment plan with you based on the findings. If your vet rules out all potential medical reasons for your dog’s inappropriate urination, then it’s time to work on correcting the behavior.
First, assess your dog’s environment. Have there been any changes that could be causing stress? Events like moving, the birth of a baby, the addition or subtraction of a pet or family member, and even your own life stress can cause your dog to become stressed, fearful, or anxious. An anxious or fearful dog is unable to learn new things, so you will need to reduce stress before you work on training. Your vet may be able to help with anti-anxiety medications or supplements.
When training your dog to stop peeing on your bed, you must first restrict access to your bed when you are not around. Keep the bedroom door closed while you are gone. If needed, keep your dog in a crate for reasonable amounts of time when gone. When you are home, be sure to take your dog outside for pee breaks frequently. Only allow your dog to get on the bed when you are on the bed.
If your dog begins to urinate somewhere else that is inappropriate, then the crate is the best place for him when you are gone. Take your dog out to pee as soon as you get home. Then, take him out again every time he eats, drinks, or wakes up. Reward him for urinating outdoors, but do not punish him for urination inappropriately. If you catch your dog in the act of peeing in the bed or somewhere else inappropriate, interrupt him with “uh oh” or “no,” then immediately bring him outside to finish.
Training to correct inappropriate urination can take time and may become frustrating. Seek help from a dog trainer or animal behaviorist if you are not seeing good results.