Cocker Spaniel Peeing On Our Bed

Cocker Spaniel Peeing Problem

By: Phyllis Parent
Paradise, CA

We have a problem with our cocker spaniel peeing on our bed and don't know what we can do to stop it.

My cocker spaniel is 10 years old and has suddenly started urinating on the bed...our bed! She's done it twice tonight. 

This happened before about 6 months ago, but was resolved. We took her to the vets at the time, but they didn't find a problem.

Do you have any ideas why this might be recurring?

Cocker Spaniel Peeing On Our Bed

Answer by: Pauline (Website Owner)

Hello Phyllis,

There may be a few reasons why your cocker spaniel has started peeing on your bed and the best way to stop it for good is to work out why she's doing it in the first place.

Light golden cocker spaniel on grassCute Cocker!

Easier said than done, yes?

You don't give much background information so it's difficult for me to help you pinpoint the problem, but let's see if I can help.

Back To The Vets

First of all, I would take her to the vets again. A lot can happen in six months and it may be she has developed a bladder problem or has an infection. 

If she's only peeing on your bed (and no-where else) then it's almost certainly not a medical condition, but more likely to be a behavioral problem.

Triggers For This Sudden Change In Behavior?

If it is behavioural you need to think about all the things that may be causing this. For example:

  • Stress: has anything in the household changed to unsettle her? Perhaps you've someone staying with you, or recently lost another pet?
  • Upheaval: have you recently moved house?
  • Alpha Challenge: is she getting a 'bit above her station' - are you letting your 'alpha role' slip?

Peeing During The Night

You don't say whether she's only peeing on your bed at night or if it's during the day too.

If it's at night, I recommend you try removing her water bowl around 2 or 3 hours before she goes to bed and take her for a walk so that she can pee (even if it's just in the yard) before she sleeps.

Peeing During The Day

If she's peeing on your bed during the day, simply keep your bedroom door (and any other bedroom doors) firmly closed. It may seem obvious, but at least it will stop her from peeing on your bed. Watch her though because this may force her to pee elsewhere.

Take Her Through Her Potty Training Paces Again!

If you can work out what's causing your Cocker to pee, it will be fairly easy to come up with a solution.

However, if you can't get to the bottom of the problem, the only other thing I can suggest is that you take her through her 'potty training' paces again.

Supervise her at all times and watch her like a hawk. If you see the signs that she wants to pee, take her outside.

In addition, let her out every couple of hours or so (you'll know how long she normally waits before she 'goes') and encourage her to pee. Praise her lavishly when she pees outside to remind her that is the right place to pee.

If you see her begin to squat in the house, shout loudly and it will probably shock her into stopping, then you can take her outside so that she can pee there. When she does, praise her and give her a treat.

If you keep this up, it shouldn't be too long before things are back to normal.

Good luck Phyllis!

Comments From Our Visitors

Cocker Spaniel Peeing On Our Bed 
By: Merle Ann 

I recommend you ask your vet to check for a urinary tract infection (UTI). Our daughter and son in law's dog would just be sitting quietly and all of a sudden pee would just begin to "puddle" under her. They can't even feel that they are going. This would be my suggestion, especially with an older, established dog. There would be no need to be "staking out its territory" so I don't think it's that. 

Hope that this helps.