Why Is She Still Weeing Indoors?
Cocker Spaniel Still Peeing Indoors?
My cocker spaniel is just over a year old - she took a while to potty train but we got there in the end. However recently she has had a couple of wee's inside, even though she is let out regularly.
This evening I let her out and then she came upstairs and weed on my bed. I'm extremely frustrated and don't know what to do. We have had some dominance issues with her, which we have sorted, however, she is definitely the boss of my 4 year old springer spaniel.
She is a chewer which we have got her a muzzle for and I'm just annoyed with this weeing inside business.
Any advice would be great, thanks.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
I'm assuming that your vet has confirmed that your Cocker is not suffering from any health problems such as incontinence or other bladder issues.
It sounds to me like your Cocker is still challenging you for the Alpha role. I think she may be weeing (marking) on your (her) bed - she's asserting her dominance over you.
I recommend that you continue addressing her dominance issues for a little longer - you might like to read "Who's the Alpha Dog in your Pack?" to give you a few more ideas.
Also make sure she gets plenty of physical and mental exercise to tire her out - a tired dog is less likely to get up to mischief!
Allowing your dog to sleep on your bed can be a fairly contentious subject. Some owners wouldn't ever consider sleeping without their dogs, others wouldn't dream of allowing them on their beds.
This is my take on letting dogs sleep on your bed - Pros and Cons of Sleeping Dogs On Our Beds.
Good luck, and I sincerely hope this helps.
PS: You mentioned that you muzzle your dog to stop her from chewing. Although muzzling your Cocker will stop her from chewing, it will only work while she's muzzled. I don't think it really addresses the problem.
I recommend you read this article on how to stop your puppy chewing his or her way through your home - I hope you find it helpful in addressing your puppy's chewing problem.