The Bed Wetter

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I found this site and forum in a desperate attempt to understand my puppy's new behavior. Annie is currently 8 months old. I've had her since she was 8 weeks. She has been housebroken since she was 3 months old. She has a doggie door and access to a large backyard 24 hours a day. Aside from an occasional pee accident, which I chalked up to a young immature bladder, she has been no problem. Annie sleeps in the bed with me and has never peed the bed. About a month ago, she was stung on the head repeatedly by a wasp. The vet was called and she was given benadryl per his orders for her weight. She slept like a log that night and was groggy the next day but had no pee/poop accidents. The next night, she urinated in my bed 4 times. I was concerned she had a bladder infection so off she went to the vet. Two hundred and fifty dollars later, no infection. But they did give her a shot of steroids for "good measure" since she was still a little swollen around the head from the wasp stings. For the next week, she continued to pee my bed at night but have no accidents in the house during the day. I did notice that she only had pee accidents when she was either sleeping or transitioning from a sitting/standing position. In addition, I noticed she was at times dribbling urine while walking. I began putting her back in her crate at night and during the day while I was at work. She never peed the crate and the dripping seemed to stop. So I recently allowed her back into my bed. She did great for 2 nights...then peed the bed again. Im at my wits end and so tired of washing comforters, blankets, sheets and mattress pads every day. To complicate all of this Im dating someone now for 3 months and wondering if their presence has "pissed" Annie off...pun intended. Any insight would be greatly appreciated as would any advice on curbing this behavior. 

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'm having a little trouble with the maths here, but does the dating someone aspect coincide with peeing the bed?

Is she getting kicked out of your bed when your date stays the night?

Perhaps Annie's insecure about the whole situation?

I gather the only place she is peeing is in your bed?

She seems to be sending you a message...

If you think this is the case, and you want to continue to let her sleep in your bed, I think you need to conscript your date into helping reassure her. I'm guessing you need to spend some time together with your dog. Maybe take her to a dog park together, or walk her together. Something that involves the three of you.

It might not be the answer, but it might be a place to start...

Has she got into the habit of it ??? Did you throw out the old bed sheets ? Could the scent still be there after washing ? Is she acting different at all ? More dominant ? Don't think any dog should dribble as they go unless they have an illness ? My sister in laws dog used to do it out of being a brat as she had no idea where she stood in the pecking order , so could be because of a new person ??? Are you strict enough ? Maybe just get her a bed of her own & no more on yours ? That way she not confused ? Good luck . 

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I have been dating this individual for 3 months. Annie's behavior began one month ago. Annie is allowed to sleep in the bed with us.

She continues to only pee in the bed, never anywhere else in the house or in her crate.

The person I am dating is a dog lover as well and spends lots of time with Annie. We take Annie to the park together, on walks, play in the yard, etc.

I agree she is sending me a message....if only I could here it.

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I've tried to make sure she isn't getting into the habit of it. Once it started, I purchased a large crate as she had outgrown her puppy crate and didn't seem to need one. I have kept her in her crate for the better part of 3 weeks now with no accidents in her crate. However, I let her in my bed for a couple of nights and we are right back to square one.

She is not acting different at all other than peeing in my bed. I was concerned about illness and the vet ran every test. Nothing was noted to be wrong.

I have been accused by my friends of not being strict enough and spoiling her. So maybe she is confused about the pecking order but it seems odd that she began doing this out of the blue after months of good behavior and no bed wetting. 

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Can you think of any changes or anything different that occured around Annie a month ago when this behavior started?

I guess how it started isn't as important as what to do about it. Maybe you could try one night Annie goes in the crate. One night your bed. Then regardless of what she does, another night in her crate. After a couple of alternations, maybe stretch it out to two nights before putting her in the crate. If she wets the bed, go back a step to the one night alternations again. Gradually stretch it out and then fade out the crate. Any time she wets the bed, go back to the start and try again.

I havent come across this issue myself. I have had dogs sleep in my bed, but now with a WAKs it simpler and safer (so we're not stumbling over Storm in the dark) to crate her at night. If I did have this issue, I think this would be how I'd tackle it.

I hope you can work it out, it sounds like you guys have a great bond.

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Have either of you, your girlfriend or you changed your soap, deodorant, perfume etc. that maybe she feels the need to cover up in the bed??? did you change laundry detergents something that her nose maybe smells that she feels needs covering up?? Do your girlfriends dogs have any change in that time frame?? spaying/neutering, surgery stays etc. that she might be smelling on her when she stays overnight??? are any of the dogs in heat etc. think of anything that might make her senses go wild.....toothpaste, hairspray, massage oils, candles, anything in that room or bed or on your person that could trigger this??? or the worst scenario are either of you sick?? some dogs are especially sensitive to sickness in the body, if you haven't had a physical might want both of you to have one if you rule everything else out......I'm thinking like a dog here and those things would bother my nose if I was a dog.....AND make me feel unsure and insecure.....

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Is Annie spayed? When was she spayed? Did you know there are urine incontinence issues sometimes related to spaying? There are some threads on here that mention natural and drug treatments fot this.

 Bella has peed the bed 2 times, seemingly out of laziness or out of the blue. But back when she slept on her own bed I think she leaked small amounts often between 10 months and 1 1/2 years.

We are sure to let her out if she asks even in the middle of the night and also right before bedtime.

Some people restrict water intake before nightfall. I would reread any possibble implications/ contra-indications with the drugs she took for the bites, as well.

Good LucK!

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