I joined this evening in desperation because my otherwise wonderful, thoroughly housebroken 14-month old female (I think she still qualifies as a puppy, right? she certainly acts like one!) won't stop habitually urinating in the same spot on the wood floors in our dining room. I was just wondering if anyone else has encountered this issue with their GSD and what you did to correct it.
We've had our girl since she was 3 months old. She's been housebroken for a long time and definitely knows that she needs to go to the bathroom outside. However, over the last 3-4 months, she's developed a real issue with urinating very large puddles in the same area around our dining room table. This is in spite of the fact that we let her out CONSTANTLY. I see her pee outside almost every time she goes. However, for some reason, she has really taken to this nasty habit even though I know she's fully capable of holding it (because she is barricaded from that room when we sleep and doesn't urinate in the living room where she sleeps). It seems like she sometimes does this out of the blue if she goes into the room and it's dark and unsupervised, or she will bark at the back door and if one of us doesn't let her out quickly enough, she does it.
We have had some issues with bladder infections. This behavior was originally why we brought her in and she's dealt with two of them over the last few months. Both were treated with long courses of antibiotics which cleared the issue. The vet said when we first brought her in that she does have a congenital deformity with her private area and that this is relatively common in GSDs. He said to routinely clean it/wipe it down with a pet-safe wet wipe to prevent this issue from recurring in the future. We've followed all of this protocol religiously and yet this behavior is still occurring. She's still doing it even though I JUST let her outside for a long period of time. I love her with all my heart but this behavior is starting to really upset me because I feel so helpless to do anything about it. The way our house is configured, it's difficult to constantly barricade her off from the room where she always does it except for at night when she can't get in there. That's how I know it's more of a territorial/behavioral thing vs. a true, urgent need to urinate because she can't hold it.
When we clean up the mess, we use Nature's Miracle Hardwood Cleaner. Is this the wrong product?
I'm so frustrated and just don't know what to do anymore. She's a wonderful dog, and so smart and loving, and so well-behaved except for this issue.
Any tips or advice? Also, she's spayed and has been for a while. I thought females did not do things like this!