If you have come looking for an answer to this question then you are probably feeling very frustrated. When your dog pees in your bed it creates an awful lot of work. And it can be very upsetting. Here we look at possible answers to “why does my dog pee in my bed” and ways to help with this situation.

House training issues 

If your dog is still a puppy, it could simply be a house training issue. You may have trained them to pee outside but this training may need reinforcing. They may simply have forgotten what is expected and regressed slightly with their training. If you think this could be the case, you will need to reinforce the correct behaviour. Go back to the basics. Take them outside regularly and reward your dog when they go for a pee outside. If the reason they have been peeing in your bed is a training issue, this will remedy the situation.

Excitement

Young Dogs can be prone to urination when they are excited. This is something they tend to grow out of. If this is happening with your young dog then try keeping excitement levels to a minimum whilst they are on your bed. Keep the games and fun for an area of the house where a pee isn’t a problem. Or play outside! If this type of urination persists you may need to do some training with your dog or speak to your vet.

Stress and Anxiety

Some dogs can be prone to urinating when they are stressed or anxious. The trigger could be a change in their external environment – a new baby, a new house, a new dog even – or it could be your stress that your dog is picking up on. In this instance, try to make sure your dog is well exercised and mentally stimulated. Maybe try a few days of different walks. 

If your dog is spending a lot of time on their own it could be a sign of separation anxiety. They are not doing it to make you angry though. It could be a fear reaction of their fight/flight mechanism whilst they are on their own. Try to spend as much quality time with them when you are home. Again, make sure they are mentally stimulated and get affection, snuggles and praise from you.

Territorial Marking

You may well leave your dog to have the rule of the roost whilst you’re out at work. And they might spend a part of the day snuggled up in your bed. Which smells like you. Perhaps they want it smell like them also? If you have an unneutered male, he may be marking his territory. Unlike anxiety urination or house training urination issues, territory marking is a much smaller amount. But still unwanted. If this is the case, neutering may help but this behaviour will take time to address. You may need to make your bedroom off limits for a period of time to break this habit. If he is marking in your bedroom, this area is important to him. Or you may need to invest in a urine-smell removal product. If your dog is cocking his leg on your bed, you have to put a stop to it. But at least in this scenario you know the answer to “Why does my dog pee on my bed?”

Health or medical issue

If your dog is older and has never done this before, this could be a sign of a health issue. Incontinence in older dogs could be a cause of your dog peeing in your bed. If it is happening in other situations, it could be simply elderly incontinence. In this instance it might be time for your older dog to stop being allowed on your bed. We’d advise you also speak to your vet in case they can help.

Peeing in your bed at any age could be a sign of a UTI or kidney problem in your dog. Again, if the urinating is not limited to your bed, there could be an underlying health issue. If you have ruled out all of the above possible reason why your dog is peeing in your bed then we would advise seeing your vet.

How to stop it happening 

We have tried to cover guidance above on what to do in each sceanrion if your dog is peeing in your bed.

In general, you minimise this happening there are few things you can do.

  • Make sure your dog is getting adequate exercise. If they have been out on a good long, mentally stimulating walk their bladder will be empty and they will be less likely to pee in your bed. Regular exercise will also help with stress.
  • If need be, try preventing access to your bedroom at times when you can’t be there to keep an eye. This may be enough to break the cycle and stop this unwanted behaviour.
  • Never get angry if your dog has peed on your bed. Yes, it is frustrating for you and gives you an unwanted amount of work. But your dog will not understand why you are shouting and scolding him. It is much better to work with positive reward and reinforment when he is doing the things you DO want him to do.
  • If you are really stuck with how to deal with this problem, consult your vet. They will have seen many dog owners in the same position, and will be able to reassure and guide you on next steps.

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