Dogs are sometimes referred to as “furry children.” After all, they need potty training and regular attention when they’re puppies. But you definitely didn’t expect bed wetting to be included in the bundle. Dogs, on the other hand, are known to use their owners’ beds as toilets. Why do dogs pee on the bed, though? Is it an authoritative message? Or are they retaliating for some perceived wrongdoing by their owners? After all, what could be more irritating than slipping into bed after a long and exhausting day to find wet sheets?
In reality, neither of these things is true. Dogs aren’t vengeful, and they don’t regard pee in the same way that humans do. If you’ve ever witnessed your dog enjoy the aroma of a nearby fire hydrant, you know how much canines enjoy pee. So there must be another driving force. In truth, there are a variety of reasons why dogs pee on the bed, and the underlying cause will have an impact on how you handle the situation.
Dogs Can Have Accidents on the Bed
Potty training mishaps are typical in the house, especially in young dogs, and your bed is no exception. Don’t be surprised if your bed becomes a toilet area if your puppy hasn’t learnt the difference between appropriate and inappropriate places to pee. From your dog’s perspective, it’s just as soft and absorbent as the carpet, so why not?
If your puppy sleeps on your bed with you, accidents are more frequent at night. Because young pups can’t hold their bladders all night, if you don’t get up to take your puppy outdoors for a pee break, a walk to the end of the bed will probably be as far as your drowsy dog will go on their own.
Senior pets are not immune to mishaps. Your dog may leak pee while sleeping on the bed if he has incontinence. Furthermore, cognitive impairments can cause your dog to forget long-established potty-training practices. Accidents will almost certainly occur in locations other than the bed.
Dogs Mark With Urine
After all, not every bathroom mishap is an accident. Urine is sometimes used by dogs to mark objects, including your bed. Dogs don’t mark to claim territory, according to studies; rather, it’s more like graffiti that says, “I was here.” So they aren’t informing you that the bed is theirs, but rather that they are giving their fragrance to a shared place. After all, our fragrance is rich on the sheets, so it’s no surprise that dogs want to add their own pee-mail to the mix.
Because your dog will only release a tiny amount of urine rather than emptying their bladder, marking differs from bathroom activity. It’s more common in dogs who aren’t neutered. Peeing on the bed is also a regular occurrence in adolescent dogs that enjoy defying the norms.
Health Issues Can Make Your Dog Pee on the Bed
If your dog was previously housebroken but is now peeing on the bed, it’s critical to rule out any medical issues. A urinary tract infection, for example, is unpleasant and causes excessive urine. This makes it tough for your dog to contain his excitement until he can go outside. Any change in potty behavior could be due to a physical cause, so see your veterinarian to rule out any health issues.
Anxiety or Stress Can Lead to Accidents
Emotional difficulties may potentially be causing your dog to pee on the bed. A scared dog would seek refuge in a safe place, such as your bed, but that same fear could result in an accident. Something like fireworks could surprise your dog and cause him to lose control of his bladder. Alternatively, kids may be too afraid to leave their bed and go outside.
Another reason for your dog peeing on the bed could be separation anxiety. When dogs are alone and distressed, they frequently have accidents in the house. One of these places may be your bed. Accidents are more likely to happen when you’re out of the house in this situation. They may also occur as you prepare to depart because your dog anticipates their impending isolation.
Prevent Your Dog from Peeing on the Bed
The first step in preventing more bed accidents is to use an enzymatic urine cleaner to completely clean your sheets, comforter, and mattress. Any pee smell that persists if your dog is marking or confused about house training can encourage your dog to continue the activity. If it smells like a toilet, it must be a toilet in your dog’s head.
Try some remedial toilet training after your vet has given your dog a clean bill of health. With continual supervision, you can keep your dog from having accidents. Then, whenever your dog needs to go, such as after a meal, take them to their favorite potty area. Reward your dog for peeing in the correct area with praise and tasty treats. This will go a long way toward persuading children to confine their bathroom use to that specific spot.
Finally, while you work on the underlying issue, whether it’s potty training 101, confidence building for an anxious dog, or fear counterconditioning and desensitization, limit your dog’s access to the bed. Keep your dog out of your bedroom with baby gates, an exercise pen, or a crate until you know your bed is safe. Keep an eye on your dog, and if you notice them about to pee on the bed, softly interrupt them and take them to the right potty area. When they’ve completed their task, lavishly reward them.