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Canine Behavior/8yr old min. poddle/min dach/mex chih mix female dog


my dog is house broke, but has starting to pee in the house,on the carpet when I'm gone to work. never done it before.

You didn't actually ask a specific question, so I can't offer any specific answers. But any time there is a sudden behavior change, the first order of business is a vet check. A dog who normally does not have pee accidents, who suddenly is having pee accidents may well have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Getting a diagnosis and proper treatment for that should resolve teh potty accident issues.

Once you've been to the vet and addressed any medical issues, if you're still having a problem, please feel free to followup. But please do provide some actual information about what's happening such as how long it's been going on, any changes to the dog's life/routine (change of living space, someone move in or out, change in your work schedule, change in your stress, construction happening in or near your home, recent weather patterns, typical day in the life of your dog (routines for waking, potty, eating, exercise, play, love/affection, etc).

Make an appointment with your vet ASAP to check for UTI or any other urinary/bladder issues that may be affecting potty habits.

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IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR DOG IS ILL OR INJURED, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS NOT THE FORUM TO ADDRESS URGENT MEDICAL ISSUES. I AM NOT A LICENSED VET AND HAVE NO DIAGNOSTIC SKILLS. ***I have been answering questions on All Experts for over 5 years now. I enjoy being able to offer assistance in this forum. I do need to be clear, though. If you’re looking for free advice about a specific behavior question, you MUST submit your question to me via All Experts. If you bypass All Experts and write to me directly through my website, I will ask you to submit via All Experts. On the flip side, if you’re local to Los Angeles and you wish to speak to me privately about an in person consultation, please go through my website. I appreciate your assistance in keeping my volunteer work on the volunteer site.*** I can answer questions about the following canine behavior issues: obedience, timid/fearful & fear-based aggression, nuisance behaviors, families that are expanding with either new human or new animal members. If you have potty training questions please first read my trio of blogs at If you still have questions after reading the blogs you can post your specific questions here. PLEASE be as specific as possible when asking a question. Give me a detailed example of the situation - dog's behavior, body language, circumstances surrounding the issue, what the consequences are (another dog's response, your response), etc. I can only provide insight if I can get a picture of the whole scenario. If I ask for further details, please provide them. In person I would normally observe for at least 90 minutes to assess the situation and the dynamics before offering tools and suggestions to modify it. In writing it is ever so much more difficult. Thank you for your participation in the process.


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