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I am so upset. He’s never done this before. And he went outside 2 hrs prior after dinner and water and was out there for about 30 mins. He’s two, even if he had to pee he could’ve held it. Also he hadn’t alerted me that he needed to go outside before I went to bed so I’m just so frustrated and confused right now. Why would he suddenly do this? We haven’t had any accidents in so long.
 

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They seem so human to us so much of the time but their value system isn't ours. They really don't do things because they're angry, or guilty, or for revenge.

There's a reason, and if not due to a physical condition, it'll be helpful to try to see from his view. Was there anything out of normal routine? Do you normally do a final out just before retiring and didn't because he hadn't signaled?
 

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They seem so human to us so much of the time but their value system isn't ours. They really don't do things because they're angry, or guilty, or for revenge.

There's a reason, and if not due to a physical condition, it'll be helpful to try to see from his view. Was there anything out of normal routine? Do you normally do a final out just before retiring and didn't because he hadn't signaled?
Normally we’d sit together on the couch at this time but tonight I wanted to lay down. We’d normally sit for a while watching TV and at some point during that time he’d signal for the final out.

Previous to this he’d been sitting on the couch and me in the dining room and he only got up because I got up. Normally he’d signal no matter where he is, even on the bed he’d stand and stare over his shoulder at me.
 

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Was he out by himself for 30 minutes? Or were you there to ensure he pottied?

How long before that was his previous pee?

In addition I agree it's worth thinking about any possible changes to his environment or routine. Any behaviour that's way out of normal range for our pups usually has a reason. We've just gotta figure it out. :)
 

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Was he out by himself for 30 minutes? Or were you there to ensure he pottied?

How long before that was his previous pee?

In addition I agree it's worth thinking about any possible changes to his environment or routine. Any behaviour that's way out of normal range for our pups usually has a reason. We've just gotta figure it out. :)
At his big age, he normally pees when he’s out. Sometimes I spy through a window but not this time. The last time I saw him go myself was at least 5 hrs ago.
 

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If he got distracted and didn't potty, then his evening routine got switched up, it's possible he urgently had to go. Odd that he didn't alert you, though.

What was he doing outside by himself for half an hour? Do you have a large yard? Was it dark out? Could something have scared him?

My friend's dog had a veterinary procedure that made urinating painful. She associated the intense pain with their yard and had to be walked and carefully monitored while she pottied for three weeks. Otherwise she'd just keep holding it until she burst.
 

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If he got distracted and didn't potty, then his evening routine got switched up, it's possible he urgently had to go. Odd that he didn't alert you, though.

What was he doing outside by himself for half an hour? Do you have a large yard? Was it dark out? Could something have scared him?

My friend's dog had a veterinary procedure that made urinating painful. She associated the intense pain with their yard and had to be walked and carefully monitored while she pottied for three weeks. Otherwise she'd just keep holding it until she burst.
He has toys outside so I’m sure he was playing with those and barking with the other neighborhood dogs. Sometimes I just let him have outside time and once he’s done playing/battling he’ll pop a squat until I let him back in. I think he may have just been too excited to have my attention to give me the signal.
 

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Sometimes dogs will pee on beds just because it’s soft bedding and they have to go. I’ve had bad luck in the past with two different dogs, otherwise perfectly house broken, who peed on my bed for no apparent reason. Soft bedding or material is very often a problem in households with dogs because that is where puppies are taught to pee from an early age. So carpets, towels, bedding or any soft material on the floor can cause problems. This is especially true in smaller breeds, maybe because they pee on soft material longer at the breeder’s. Bigger dogs make more mess, so they are taught to go outside more.

No more dog on the bed, because as much as you clean it, chances are he will still be able to smell it and go again. You need to extinguish the behavior completely by not giving it another chançe to happen.
 

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Of my two boys, Neo is pretty reliable to pee as soon as he goes out, Remo is easily distracted. Still, I've seen both of them go out and require reminding of why they were let out.

I just keep eyes and flashlight on them til I see them both accomplish job one, and I keep eyes on them while they go into wander mode, due to known predators having been seen in our neighborhood, regularly, if not frequently.

Then based on travelers rules, I always send them out for one last chance directly before heading to bed.
 

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Hi Puca. I strongly encourage you to invest $10 in these specific belly bands. They come in a pack of 3, are sturdy denim, just rinse out with a mild dish detergent, squeeze hard and hang to dry. In a washer the velcro will stick to your clothes, and a dryer will compromise the elastic.

The reason I advocate this is so he won't develop the bad habit of peeing on your bed or your sofa, etc. My male went through that phase off and on this year. At times I was pretty preoccupied (stress) and in hindsight I think he became resentful or jealous of Bella that he wasn't getting cuddle time and suddenly decided he wanted this too. On with the belly bands at night, and covered the sofa to protect it during the day. Poodles know when you're angry with them, and with a belly band, I was no longer mad at him.

The belly band cut out that endless loop of dog pees in wrong place ➡ you get mad and fuss at him ➡ dog gets insecure and pees again when you're not looking ➡ you stress out and fuss again. Maybe it's a negative attention getting thing.

Mind you, Sachii has never been a "cuddle" dog. Nope, that's Bella. He's the goofy athlete that's OCD for fetch. Pick him up and his eyes start looking for the magic tennis balls and wants to get down. Yes, we did our daily fetch, but suddenly he decided he wanted cuddles too but I had no idea since he didn't show this with his body language and it's never been part of his personality. For whatever reason, he became insecure. So I tried simply holding and talking to him for a little while each day, and he slowly began to chill out.

Gradually the sneaky off & on daytime peeing on my covered sofa became less frequent then disappeared, and I can't remember the last time he peed at night in his belly band. I still wrap it around him every night just in case unless I see him use his potty pad just before we go to sleep, but he still stays dry.

Good luck.
 

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Hi Puca. I strongly encourage you to invest $10 in these specific belly bands. They come in a pack of 3, are sturdy denim, just rinse out with a mild dish detergent, squeeze hard and hang to dry. In a washer the velcro will stick to your clothes, and a dryer will compromise the elastic.

The reason I advocate this is so he won't develop the bad habit of peeing on your bed or your sofa, etc. My male went through that phase off and on this year. At times I was pretty preoccupied (stress) and in hindsight I think he became resentful or jealous of Bella that he wasn't getting cuddle time and suddenly decided he wanted this too. On with the belly bands at night, and covered the sofa to protect it during the day. Poodles know when you're angry with them, and with a belly band, I was no longer mad at him.

The belly band cut out that endless loop of dog pees in wrong place ➡ you get mad and fuss at him ➡ dog gets insecure and pees again when you're not looking ➡ you stress out and fuss again. Maybe it's a negative attention getting thing.

Mind you, Sachii has never been a "cuddle" dog. Nope, that's Bella. He's the goofy athlete that's OCD for fetch. Pick him up and his eyes start looking for the magic tennis balls and wants to get down. Yes, we did our daily fetch, but suddenly he decided he wanted cuddles too but I had no idea since he didn't show this with his body language and it's never been part of his personality. For whatever reason, he became insecure. So I tried simply holding and talking to him for a little while each day, and he slowly began to chill out.

Gradually the sneaky off & on daytime peeing on my covered sofa became less frequent then disappeared, and I can't remember the last time he peed at night in his belly band. I still wrap it around him every night just in case unless I see him use his potty pad just before we go to sleep, but he still stays dry.

Good luck.
It's just wild because one second we're cuddling and the next he's peeing. He's not allowed on the bed without permission. He never even attempts to jump up when I'm home and he's crated when I'm away. So I doubt we'll be having the issue again because no more bed for Puca.
 

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Gracie once had a spontaneous accident like that. I was rubbing her belly and next thing you know she was squatting and oh my goodness! The pee! So much pee! I did the math and realized she hadn't gone since having a massive drink of water earlier in the day.

I would recommend supervising Puca's outdoor activities for the next few weeks, to keep him on track. Letting him bark out there isn't good for pottying or for training in general. He's probably getting pretty amped up.
 

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Gracie once had a spontaneous accident like that. I was rubbing her belly and next thing you know she was squatting and oh my goodness! The pee! So much pee! I did the math and realized she hadn't gone since having a massive drink of water earlier in the day.

I would recommend supervising Puca's outdoor activities for the next few weeks, to keep him on track. Letting him bark out there isn't good for pottying or for training in general. He's probably getting pretty amped up.
Yep. Potty then play. I feel bad not ever letting him bark since its what dogs do so when he goes outside I let him bark.
 

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Yep. Potty then play. I feel bad not ever letting him bark since its what dogs do so when he goes outside I let him bark.
There's a difference between allowing the occasional alert bark and letting your dog bark unchecked. Consider your neighbours and be a good poodle ambassador. :)

Bored dogs are stressed dogs, and they will come up with all sorts of nuisance behaviours to meet their mental and physical needs. I guarantee Puca would rather play with you than be left to his own devices out there.
 

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There's a difference between allowing the occasional alert bark and letting your dog bark unchecked. Consider your neighbours and be a good poodle ambassador. :)

Bored dogs are stressed dogs, and they will come up with all sorts of nuisance behaviours to meet their mental and physical needs. I guarantee Puca would rather play with you than be left to his own devices out there.
Points were made. Thanks!
 

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My dog started peeing during random times even with excessive potty breaks - if the problem continues, get some over the counter cranberry pills for dogs
 
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My Spoo is 11. I still send him out immediately before bed just to make sure he is on empty:) I do the same thing for myself !
 

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I am so upset. He’s never done this before. And he went outside 2 hrs prior after dinner and water and was out there for about 30 mins. He’s two, even if he had to pee he could’ve held it. Also he hadn’t alerted me that he needed to go outside before I went to bed so I’m just so frustrated and confused right now. Why would he suddenly do this? We haven’t had any accidents in so long.
Can you catch a clean bit of urine (tricky with a boy, I think). You could drop it off at the vet. I keep reading that changes in elimination habits my be physically based.
 
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