It drives me crazy. I have literally dragged him, while peeing, off the deck and down the stairs, leaving a long trail of pee behind. He's always hated being outside, but he used to go off the step and do his business where he was supposed to. I've tried the domination stance/owning the space stuff, but it has no effect while he's peeing, and none when I try to use it to guide him off the deck before he pees. He'll go down, turn a sharp right, and run up the ramp and back to where he wants to pee...on the deck.
Yesterday he took it to the extreme. I took happy go lucky, I'll do anything you ask of me Rudy out, and he headed right to the designated spot. I was checking emails on my phone and walked out onto the deck. Hudson only comes out when he NEEDS to pee. He never just joins us outside unless there's purpose, so I left the door open so he could come out IF he wanted to.
Little rat stood with his back feet inside, and his front feet outside, and before I knew what was happening he lifted his back leg and peed on the doorframe. I never saw that coming. He often stands just inside the house and watches us outside, but never this.
It all pooled on the metal threshold. None ended up in the house, but I was MAD. When I noticed he was doing it I ran to him yelling NO, but he was finished, and he ran back into the house and was up the stairs and hiding in the bedroom in an instant.
What is up with my Hudson? We thought we could retire the name Evil Puppy, but perhaps we were wrong.
(While I was cleaning it up, Rudy came over, and did the submissive bum tuck/wag/fall to the ground/I'm sorry Mommy dance...and it wasn't even his pee!)
|Tracie, do you think it has something to do with his toe nail? Maybe the nail is sensitive and the wood feels better under his feet? Or maybe it could be that he's afraid that the roofers are hiding out on the lawn and that the minute he hits the grass the loud noises will come back?|
It seems like with the nail and the roofers, poor smudgie has gone through quite a bit both physically and psychologically. I wonder what's going on in his noggin?
|I agree with Erin.|
It has something to do with loud noises that he associates with outside.
I'm no dog behaviorist but I'm not sure that taking an authoritative, menacing tact with him is going to work, or help.
I would suggest a more calm, nurturing strategy with him. Don't get angry with him. The poor guy is scared. He probably doesn't understand why you don't understand that he's scared.
It's tough to deal with. Believe me, I know first hand.
Brick goes thru this every so often. Especially after a t-storm or after fireworks go off.
I have to coax him out with treats and play and stay out with him while he's out, preoccupying him.
Over a length of a few days to maybe even 2 weeks, he seems to be OK. Until another loud noise happens.
Not sure they ever get over it.
would have to agree to treat him outside, make it a happy place again. will take some doing, but it'll work. rudy will help.
|ohhhhh that would have burned me up as well. He took that one to an extreme. |
I agree with making the outside a happy place. Chiquita refused to go out after July 4th. We had a very celebratory neighborhood this past year and Chiquita pee'd on my feet and leg in the house Then for the next week she REFUSED and had to be drug outside to go pee. What a mess!!! We kept taking treats out and playing games and what finally worked was to start a game inside that she loved and was totally into and then opened slidding glass door and moved it to the deck. She finally got comfy with the deck and slowly moved into the back yard again.
|I had a different take on it to throw out there...could he have a UTI? My dog just finished some meds for a UTI and although she didn't "excessively" pee as a usual symptom, she started to pee on strange places. Just a thought...|
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