3yr old collie & night time toilet training (long)
This got a lot longer than I intended. Kudos to anyone that reads it all.
In a nutshell, from time to time our dog will urinate in the house overnight. How can I train him not to do this?
We have had the dog for about a year now. He is insanely happy all the time. It's really, really hard to scold him because he just looks at you and wags his tail like he's saying, "That's ok. I love you guys anyway. Can we play now?"
He is intensely emotionally linked to us. If one of us isn't home, he is watching the driveway or the hallway. If two of us are away, he won't play. We have only left him alone overnight once, about a month ago. The next night, when we all were home, he urinated in the house. Since we got him, we could link every "accident" to a stressor, so we figured we just had to be aware of that and we'd be OK.
The usual routine for him is that we put him out between 10 and 11 PM to "go bathroom." Then around 7 AM he goes out again. He sleeps in our bedroom all night. The bedroom door is left open.
98% of the time all is good. But last night, he did it again. No reason that we can think of -- we are all here doing our usual thing. He was put out on schedule. However, I did not watch to ensure he urinated outside, so maybe he didn't. If my truck (his bathroom) isn't just outside the door, I usually walk out with him to make sure he goes. The truck was there, so I didn't bother.
So, this morning, I saw he had peed in the hallway to the kitchen. This has been his place of choice for 3 of the 4 mistakes he has had over the year. I called him out from the bedroom to the area. I had a little conversation with him in a stern voice, but I didn't actually give him heck because I wasn't sure he would connect the discipline with the action. He actually lowered his tail, which was amazing for him. I immediately put him outside. Then I cleaned up.
He is a quiet dog. He has only learned how to bark and whine in the last 3 months or so. He never barks or whines to go outside. He will hold it forever if we are near him. So much so that once it looked like he still had his hoo-haas. When he starts to pace in the house, we let him out. But we are outside so much, it's really rare for him to be in the house for longer than 5 hours at a stretch except overnight. I work at home some days, so those are the 5 hours indoor times.
So, how in blazes do I deal with this? He won't whine or bark overnight. If he paces, I don't hear him. Usually if a dog paces or a kid wakes up, I wake up right away and deal with whatever. I can't discipline him if I can't catch him and it's so infrequent that there is no way I can plan anything.
Last edited by NorthernMama; 07-18-2012 at 06:35 PM.
Reason: edited to add: part collie, part australian shepherd