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Our 3 Y/O GSD (Bo) has started going pee and tonight pooping in the house!! He has always had the bladder of a truck driver! The vet said he's fine. I'm pretty sure I know why he's doing it, But how do I get him to stop!!!!
WHY, you ask.... We are moving from Idaho to Texas in a week so things have been crazy and he hasn't got the same exercise he's used to, and with school starting and kids sports, and my husband away with the Army The poor guy has to stay home more...Befre you feel too bad for him I must say he walks with me in the mornings and if weather permits he goes with us in the van as much as possible.
AND, Because he thinks he belongs with the kids all the time in the front yard and hates being in the back yard alone or inside when the kids are riding skateboards and having fun (heaven forbid) with out him! I bought a wireless fence. He knows the perameters we have walkedhim around them, flags and the whole bit. But He did try twice to leave the grass and was shocked, OOPS!! he hesitant to go outside sometimes now. Bless his heart, I feel for him, but we can't do this anymore he peed in my kids rooms and in my closet. Tonight he walked right into my daughters room and pooped and peed!!! Weare renting out our home and just replaced the carpet. UGH!!! What can I do...I have been making him go out about every hour. But, wht else can I do??:cry: Is he going to do this in our new house too!!! HELP!!
 

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Take him to the vet with his first pee of the morning and have it tested for a UTI. If that's negative then my guess would be that the shocks from the e-fence may be what's causing him to pee in your house (if he has a negative association with going outside).

I would get rid of the e-fence immediately and either keep him in the fenced area of your yard or train him to the boundaries of your yard without using an electric shock. If he's getting shocked and is afraid of going outside then you aren't using the fence correctly (as in it's your fault he's getting shocked and not his!) and are risking some serious problems with his behavior.
 

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Take him to the vet with his first pee of the morning and have it tested for a UTI. If that's negative then my guess would be that the shocks from the e-fence may be what's causing him to pee in your house (if he has a negative association with going outside).

I would get rid of the e-fence immediately and either keep him in the fenced area of your yard or train him to the boundaries of your yard without using an electric shock. If he's getting shocked and is afraid of going outside then you aren't using the fence correctly (as in it's your fault he's getting shocked and not his!) and are risking some serious problems with his behavior.
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Take him to the vet with his first pee of the morning and have it tested for a UTI. If that's negative then my guess would be that the shocks from the e-fence may be what's causing him to pee in your house (if he has a negative association with going outside).

I would get rid of the e-fence immediately and either keep him in the fenced area of your yard or train him to the boundaries of your yard without using an electric shock. If he's getting shocked and is afraid of going outside then you aren't using the fence correctly (as in it's your fault he's getting shocked and not his!) and are risking some serious problems with his behavior.
Our friend is his vet so that was my first step, everything is fine with his health.
The E fence isn't ideal, I know, but we have worked with him so he's not just running and getting shocked, That's cruel. The two times he go a shock something got his attention enough for him to not pay attention to the flags or the warning sound(cat?). In a perfect world we'd never use it, but our new house isn't completely fenced yet, It's hard to manage your dogs behavior, be a responsible pet owner and worry about their well being...all three are of equal importance. I have taken the collar off a few days ago and doing just as you mentioned above but, I feel like until the fence is up at the new house especially being a new place, the E collar has to stay. Bo has made great progress from when we adopted him 1 1/2 ago. He didn't know any basic commands. we're still working on a few things. if you have any advice on how we could train with the e fence better I'm open to it or another option for the new house. and I have to throw in he's had it for over 6 months and just now he's using my shoes and carpet for a toilet. We have taken it camping and on vaction and never had a problem. I feel horrible if I'm doing him harm that is not my intention!!!:confused:
 

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You know why he is doing it. You can increase his excercise (yes this seems to be especially important with males), try to maintain more of his old routine (yes it is a PIA when other things are going on) or another option would be to crate or tether him inside during this time. [Part of what is going on is the "Bad attention is better than no attention (or less attention)"] I would also make getting that fence up in the new house a first priority.

It IS hard. It is going to be tragic if he does something foolish and gets hit by a car or has some other tragic event because he is upset and confused (which is what is happening). That will be very hard so try the IS hard stuff before you are faced with VERY hard.
 

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he's been given a routine from the sounds of things and up until recently, its been consistent. He KNOWS something is going on but he doesnt know what so he's trying to get the attention he feels he's due. He doesnt understand whats going except his world is suddenly different and nobody seems to be trying to help him understand. Think of him as a 2-3 year old child. They get scared or tired, they'll act up. You cant explain to them in terms they'll understand that though things are changing, they're still loved and nothing bad is going to happen as a result of the changes. He's trying to get you to notice he's uncomfortable. When he's a good boy, give him extra loves. Dont make a big deal out of packing and moving. Set aside time to walk and play with him so he knows he's still a part of the family. Keep in mind he's been moved at least once before. Its unnerving for them sometimes. He could very well just be stressed out and he's acting out. Its not unheard of. I know the minute we start packing to move, one or all of our dogs start misbehaving. When they realize they're going with, they generally chill out and behave like they should.
 

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I remember when we moved our female at the time was 7, she had lived in the house since a pup of 8 weeks. She was freaking out, while she did not potty in the house you could just tell. On the last day when everything else was gone and it was time to load up the last items in my van and take her she practically ran to the van. It was as tho she felt like I was going to leave her there. I am sure your dog is feeling the same thing.

You are going to have to try to give him as normal a routine as possible and just hang in there. I think once you make the move he will start to come around again.
 

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I would start all over just like housebreaking a puppy, no alone time in the house, constantly watch him or crate him, take him outside to a certain spot in the yard to do his business, lots of praise when he goes in that spot. just like you would a puppy.
If the kids are able too I would have them add walking him in as part of their daily routine too, if not then play time in the yard with him. He sounds confused and stressed to me.
 
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