Guest HopeSLP Posted February 15, 2012 Share Posted February 15, 2012 The Facts about Petey: -3 year old male -rescued 4 months ago -is a solo dog; alone during the day while I'm at work about 8.5 hours -was fine holding his urine at first, but then starting peeing in the house ONLY while I'm at work -can hold his urine for 6 to 9 hours while I'm home and overnight -I have had a full work-up done twice at the vets--no UTIs, no crystals in his bladder Things we have tried: -a belly band (which he now wears all the time so that most of the urine is caught in it) -leaving less water out while I'm gone...doesn't seem to make a difference -someone letting him out halfway through the day: this SOMETIMES helps because he will urinate either before or after he is let out. -Anti-anxiety meds. We tried them for about a month. I didn't really notice a change. He doesn't strike me as an "anxious" dog. -Video-taping him. He naps on the couch for several hours, then changes to the guest bed, then when changing positions will stop to urinate along the way. The vet seems to think his urinating in the house is behavioral. I agree because it's only when I'm gone for a longer amount of time, as if he's just bored so he pees. He doesn't pee when I'm gone a few hours running errands on the weekends. My question is: should I crate him? Or should I try baby gating him in the guest bedroom where he likes to lay on the guest bed and look out the window? I have never crated him before. I feel guilty about it because other than the peeing he doesn't destroy the house like other dogs I have read about can. I am at my wits end cleaning up urine after work several times per week. I can't help but feel like I'm not a good owner for Petey sometimes, but I really am doing everything I can. I walk him at least once a day, I don't leave him alone often other than work because of this issue...I need any advice you guys can give about crating versus gating. Thank you Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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