Cocker Spaniel Peeing In The House

Potty Training Problems

One of our visitors has a cocker spaniel peeing in the house. This is out of character for her dog and has just started. She's asking for help. Let's see what we can do for her, shall we?

By: Josie 
United States

Buff cocker spaniel enjoying his master's lapIt was an accident!

My problems my Cocker Spaniel has started peeing in the house. 

He started marking in all rooms of our house and I can't figure out why. He's already potty trained to poop/pee on paper in an upstairs room.

What's going on?

Pauline's Reply:

Cocker Spaniel Peeing In The House
By: Pauline (Website Owner)

It’s very difficult to offer advice with so little information and not knowing your dog or your circumstances. However, I'll try.

Get Your Vet To Give Him A Health Check

First of all, I recommend that you ask your vet to check that there’s not an underlying health problem causing your dog to suddenly begin marking in your home. 

If your vet gives him the 'all clear' then we need to work out what has caused this change in behaviour.

Recent Stressful Changes In the Home?

Have there been any changes in the household recently that could be causing your dog distress or anxiety, such as the introduction of another pet, or person?

Have you recently lost a pet?

If you believe he may be reacting to changes in his environment, just give him a little time. He's probably upset and that is what's causing him to pee in your home.

Give 'Potty Training' Another Try

Another alternative, your pet may benefit from being 're-house trained'. I recommend you read this article on potty training LINK to help refresh your memory.

Could It Be Separation Anxiety?

I suspect your dog is suffering from separation anxiety (and is perhaps 'protesting' at being left alone for so long!). Try some of the recommendations listed in the article linked below and see what happens.

If you’re out at work all day and he’s locked up in the house, he may be 'protesting' at being left alone. If he’s suddenly become destructive too, ie chewing or scratching, your cocker may be suffering from separation anxiety. If you think that may be the case, follow this link to learn more and what you can do about it. 

Could you ask a neighbour to pop in during the day and exercise him a little or play with him? It would also give him an opportunity to pee. When you finish work, you could give him a proper walk. 

What about walking him before you go to work? As well as the health benefits of regular exercise, walking and being outdoors will allow him to empty his bladder and bowels which could mean that he can’t (or won't need to) do this in your home. It may also tire him out and help him sleep while you're away.

In the meanwhile, let's see what our visitors have to say!

Comments: Cocker Spaniel Peeing In The House

Peeing In The House
By: Anonymous 

I have a Cocker Spaniel and she is 4 years old and she continues to pee in the house. I take for a walk every day, and continue to let her out, but it doesn't seem to stop her from peeing in the house. 

I don't know what else to do. Please help me, because I'm at the point now of getting rid of my dog.

Cocker Spaniel Peeing In The House
By: Anonymous 

We got our 11-month-old cocker spaniel puppy about two months ago. I'm home most of the day. We have a nice yard (we won't have a doggie door, but I do let her out several times a day). 

We walk both our dogs - yes, she has a playmate - every morning for about two miles and play with her every afternoon. 

However, she persists in peeing in the same general area on the same rug at the same time of day - between the hours of 3 pm (when we feed her) and 7 pm, when she starts to calm down. 

I watch her pretty closely, keep the area where she likes to pee covered as much as possible so she doesn't smell herself. I reprimand her when I catch her using varying techniques recommended by two different trainers. 

I just don't have the energy or time to take her for an extended evening walk. I feel like this puppy has taken over my life. I'm willing to put up with the chewing and rambunctious behaviour that I'm sure she'll outgrow. But indoor peeing is a deal breaker. 

We're about ready to put her up for adoption. 

Please help!

Cocker Spaniel Peeing in the House 
By: Anonymous 

I'm not sure how old these posts are but for the posters above, please don't get rid of your dogs just because they peed in the house. Maybe they have a urinary tract infection, perhaps even diabetes! Dogs can get both! I'd take them to the vet as soon as you can.

If you give up on them, perhaps you shouldn't have any pets? A pet is for life, or at least 15 to 20 years - it's a real commitment!

Cocker Spaniel Peeing In The House
By: Pauline (Website Owner)

I think it's helpful to understand that once your dog pees in the house (even if you think you've really cleaned it up properly) your dog will still smell his urine in that spot.

In addition to that, what tends to make it worse is that many household cleaners contain ammonia, (which is in your dog's pee) and so what looks really clean to you can smell like pee to your dog. 

You need to use a bespoke urine remover which can be bought over the counter in most pet stores, even some supermarkets will stock it. Remove his scent  and he won't be encouraged to pee in that spot again.