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New rescue dog weeing in the house at night. Advice?(7 Posts)
Hi all, we have a lovely new rescue dog - a saluki whippet cross. Very affectionate and almost no bother at all. I have wanted a dog for some time and always wanted to get a rescue. We have had him for 6 days. On the first couple of days he weed in the house a few times. I have been saying "NO" in a firm voice and taking him out to the garden every couple of hours for a wee break, praising when he gets it right. We have not had daytime accidents in the house for about 3 days.
But every morning I am greeted with a puddle. I take him for a wee in the garden between 10.30 and 11 and I get up before 7am so I would love some tips on how to eradicate this. If he is no longer weeing in the house during the day I can't use the "NO" word to let him know that it's not okay. And obviously if he is weeing when I am not there, I can't use it either. So I am not too sure how to get over this little issue. I realise it's early days but advice would be much appreciated. I do not want to use a crate as I have heard that they are not good for saluki types (he is quite sensitive and although he is super-affectionate with people, he is nervous of certain things and I don't think he would take to it).
Once the dog has weed in the area, he will keep weeing there unless you destroy the enzymes. When dogs smell wee, it encourages them to wee again. Go to the pet shop and get special cleaning fluid if you haven’t got it already.
When you get up, if the dog has weed, saying No to him when you see it won’t do anything, he’s already weed, he won’t understand why your now saying no. Even if there’s wee on the floor at 7am, still put him out, enforce the routine regardless. Corden off the area where he has been weeing. Put him in the garden right before you go to bed, leaving it as late as possible, reward with praise and a treat when he wee’s outside. Teach your dog an action to indicate they want to go outside, there’s lots of useful tutorials for this on YouTube.
Our rescue did both wees and poos in the house at night for a few weeks - they need time to settle in to a routine i think, we put down pads, paper or an old throw in a corner and didnt comment - stopped after about 4 weeks.
6 days is quite early. It takes them AGES to truly settle in their new home (months). My rescue dog did poo on her first night because of not knowing how to tell me she wanted to go out (she didn't even come to look for me) but never again as, like most dogs I have had, she really does NOT want to go indoors; they are usually quite clean animals. As suggested above, find an action to teach your dog how to alert you that they need to go out. In the circumstances, it is a good idea if you allow them to come into your bedroom so they know they can come in to wake you up. Both current dog and previous dog would do a lot of scratching and noisy ear flapping at night to wake me up if they wanted to go out. If that failed, I would get the persuasive paw and the earnest gaze at face height from 6 inches away. I am sure you and your new dog will find a way to communicate about this!
Thank you for the advice. Yes, I'm expecting it to take at least 3 months. I didn't know you could teach the dog an action - that's really helpful, thank you. I do have an enzyme cleaner. I think it may have worked as he was weeing in one spot until I cleaned it with the special cleaner yesterday. Last night/this morning, he picked a different spot!
I wouldn't say 'no' when it happens inside; don't make any comment or a big deal out of it, just take the dog straight outside and praise when he performs.
If there are any unpleasant associations with an indoor 'accident' you run the risk of it going 'underground' in that that accidents will still happen but he'll do his best to hide them from you. He might also turn into a 'shy' pee-er or poo-er who refuses to 'go' in front of you, or on the lead, which can make life awkward later on.
In addition, take him out as soon as he wakes up, after he's eaten, after playing... basically treat him as if he was a young puppy. Watch for sniffing or circling around as they're pre-pee behaviours and once you get to know them you'll be able to see when he needs to go out.
Stay in the garden with him until he does what's needed, and associate a word with the action each time. Eventually he will perform on command, though expect it to take longer if it's cold and/or raining, as most saluki types disapprove of bad weather!
You don't know why he's leaving a puddle overnight. It might be an idea to set your alarm earlier, as he may be awake for some time before you and may simply need a pee then. As time goes by you should be able to get up later by degrees as he settles into your routine.
Ours was the same. We got up once in the night to let him out. He took a couple of months and all clean again now. I think it was the upset of moving.
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