After a long day at work and doing adult things, there is nothing better than relaxing on your bed with your canine best friend.
But today…. today something is different.
You get into bed and something feels wet.
“The house has a leak?”
Then you see your pup, with his head down and his tail between his legs.
“Oh No! You didn’t.”
Yes, he did…
Your precious little dog peed in your bed.
A million possible scenarios are running through your mind. Your pet is usually so well behaved, and you don’t get why he is doing this to you.
The reality is that this happens a lot more than people like to admit.
But the main question is always…Why!?
Well, your dog could be leaving his scent in your sheets for a LOT of reasons.
- A medical condition
- Got too excited
- He isn’t properly house trained
- He is just marking his territory
Medical conditions like diabetes and urinary tract infections increase the need to urinate. If your dog is frequently piddling in your bed and in other places around the house, you need to take him to the vet.
A diabetic pup will also have an increase in thirst, weight loss, vomiting, and lethargy.
A dog with a urinary tract infection will show signs of fever, lethargy, licking themselves, and not looking well. Remember, female dogs are more prone to urinary tract infections than male dogs.
If your dog gets too excited when he’s in your bedroom and he might just pee himself. This is common with puppies because they are still learning to control their bladder and be house trained.
If your dog is anxious or nervous, he might pee all over the place, including your bed. If this is the case, your dog might also demonstrate other anxious behaviors such as excessive paw licking, trembling, or hiding and not playing.
If you recently adopted your dog, he might not be entirely house trained yet. Never yell at your dog or rub his nose in it if he does pee in your bed. Instead, show your dog where he is supposed to relieve himself instead.
If you yell at your dog, you might confuse him about urinating and defecating, which can create anxiety.
Diabetes is a serious condition that requires monitoring and medication and a urinary tract infection is painful and uncomfortable and will only get worse without treatment. Your vet will recommend medications and treatments to fix these problems.
If your dog is severely affected by anxiety, your vet can suggest medications for that as well. The vet will help diagnose and treat any of these conditions, but a trainer might be a good approach, too.
If your dog is marking, not house trained, or just excited, you might need to repeat house training or establish your dominance as the alpha.
If your dog piddles when he gets excited, do not add to the excitement when he is in your bed.
Give your dog plenty of opportunities to relieve himself outside so he does not feel the need to urinate indoors.
If your dog is drinking a lot of water, get him checked for diabetes, but also make sure his diet is not high in salt. Salt can make him thirsty which will make him urinate more.
You might also consider limiting his access to parts of the house.
If your dog is urinating on the bed when you’re not home, close the bedroom door and make sure someone comes by during the day to walk him.
If he urinates on your bed when you’re there, then work with the trainer to change this behavior.
When you need to clean up, there are special cleaners that eliminate an animal’s scent after he’s peed on something like bedding or carpet. They’re affordable and easy to use and will discourage a repeat offender if his reason is marking.
Puddles of pee are never fun to come across, especially when you’re in your PJs and ready to sleep. After you take your pup to the vet or trainer and have the problem solved, you can pull out your fancy bed sheets and comforter once again assured that they will stay fresh and clean.