How can I get a dog to stop urinating in my bed?


The basset hound urinates on our beds all the time. We’ve had her for two years and nothing stops her. She’s two years old. She was a rescue dog and I think that is why someone dropped her off at the pound. Help!

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    10 Responses to “How can I get a dog to stop urinating in my bed?”

    1. Quintin says:

      When you have to leave, krate… belive me, that it´s better that your dog be krated, that been again on the streets.

      Of course, give to your dog plenty of time after you arrive to "realease" in your yard…

      Como hispanoparlante escribo mejor es mi idioma, lo que es un oproblema porque posiblemente no entienes nada de esto… pero la ideabásica es no darle oportunidad de hacerlo, lo cual debe ocurrir cuando tu no lo ves… lo colocas en su caja y cuando regresas le das oportunidad de defecar y orinar… por supuesto, sácalo a caminar…

    2. cambay says:

      Is this dog otherwise housebroken? If so, then the trick is to keep her out of the bedroom through the use of a closed door or baby gate. If the dog is going to be in the bedroom, she should either be tethered to you with a leash or locked in a crate.

      If the dog is not housebroken, it is time to invest in a crate and begin crate training right away. There are numerous books and internet articles on this topic, so I will not go into it a great deal, but the technique consists of putting the dog in the crate ANY and ALL times you are unable to directly supervise her. You will also need to establish a schedule for taking the dog out to relieve herself and you will need to stick with it, rewarding her extravagantly when she goes to the bathroom outside and never giving her the opportunity to go inside.

      It may also be time to invest in a behaviorist. This person is NOT a trainer, so attempt to train the behavior out of the dog on your own, first. A behaviorist is more like doggy psychologist, who will look for an underlying issue with the dog that may be manifesting itself in this particular way.

    3. Doran says:

      There is no way I could put up with that behavior. You must have to wash the bed linens all the time, not to mention that it must go through to the mattress also.

      Have you tried crating her? I know at this late date she will not be happy being in a crate. Being a Basset
      Hound, she will most likely howl and really be belligerent after all this time of sleeping on the bed. However, this is a behavior that cannot go on unless you can stand to live with it. You need to persevere with the crate or you could try a bathroom with something for her to sleep on, or the kitchen with a gate. However, I think the crate is the best solution, as dogs usually will not soil their "den" and she would therefore be likely to keep the crate clean.

      If that really does not work after much patience, you will need to try keeping her off the bed. That may be more even more difficult though. You could try squirting her with a water pistol, preferably when she is not looking and saying firmly "Off". If she knows the command "off" that will make it easier for you.

      This a very serious program. You need to correct it as soon as possible, so that you do not reach the end of your rope like the other person. The longer you wait to remedy this, that harder it will be. I would truly hate to see you have to return her to a shelter.

      If all else fails, I would find a behaviorist to work with her.

      Please don’t givre up on her. You are the one who has the power to be her saviour now, and the next person, if there is one, may not try or care! Please have lots of patience and try your best 🙂

    4. Sweet Adeline says:

      Dogs operate on what is called the "pack mentality" and the fact this animal feels comfortable enough to jump into the beds of family members and urinate is an indication she has no respect for any of you. In other words, she considers herself the alpha dog in the household. The first step in training a dog is to let the dog know, in no uncertain terms, where it stands, and in a family, the dog should be low dog on the totem poll.

      There isn’t enough space here to explain everything you need to do to retrain this animal, but you need to begin by never allowing the dog to go out a door or into the house ahead of a family member, i.e., do NOT allow the dog to run ahead of you, make her follow you. In a pack, the alpha dog goes first and you have to let this animal know YOU are the alpha dog. Second, when it comes to eating, NEVER allow the dog to eat first, make her wait until after the family has eaten before you put food into her bowl and do NOT feed her at the table or allow her to sit close by and beg while the family is eating. Once this animal learns she is NOT the alpha dog in your home and that the household does not revolve around her, she will not jump onto a bed without express permission and the urninating on the bed will stop.

    5. Barbarazz says:

      Yea don’t let her on the bed anymore, it’s DISGUSTING!!!

    6. Robert M. says:

      stop letting her on the beds. seriously- block her from the beds and see if she pees anywhere else. If she only pees on the bed then you need to have patience and try to find out if she goes specifically to the beds to urinate or what. if she does then it’s time for house training again. For some reason or another she believes the bed is okay. Make sure you are cleaning the mattress the sheets and anything with pee using an enzymatic cleaner specifically for pet urine. Any more details you can give?

    7. carlee` says:

      dont let it sleep on the bed…… if it jumps there by itself then shut the door and have it sleep somewhere else

    8. Abe says:

      the above is right she could have a weak bladder but theres also another solution ie dont let her in you bedrooms

    9. Gilb says:

      It could be a bladder infection or stones. I would see a vet to get her urine checked out.

    10. Prunella says:

      Keep her in a crate when you are not at home and always keep your bedroom door closed. If she starts going somwhere else, keep her on a leash with you when you are home that way you can catch her in the act. Have you had her urine checked by the vet? She could have an underlying problem. If you haven’t had it done yet do it now to rule out any health problems.