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No, actually, he’s not. Nasty as it is, if your dog is messing on your pillow, or elsewhere on your bedding, there is a reason. It might not be a reason that you understand or are happy with, but it is still a reason.
Now, you want to know what to do about the beddy booboos, but before you can do that, you have to understand why it’s happening. So let’s take the most obvious reason first. Is your dog an intact male? If that’s the case, most likely he is marking his territory. He is saying, quite simply, “This bed belongs to me. And maybe to my Mom. Anyone else has to go away.”
Territorial urination can be one of the most difficult kinds to cure, but don’t give up hope – there are solutions. More on that in a bit, but before we get there, let’s talk about other reasons why your dog may be doing his (or her) thing on your bed.
Here’s another reason why your dog may be peeing the bed – he’s just too young to know any better. Come on, you remember when you brought him home, and you put him in a box with a blanket, and hoped he’d be happy staying there all night. How did that work out for you?
That’s what I thought. No good outcome. That’s because dogs are pack animals, and when you brought that puppy home, you took him away from everything he ever knew – his mother and his littermates. Now, you are his pack. He wants to sleep with you. And if you’re like me, and you don’t have a heart of stone, you probably picked him up and put him on your bed. When he was sleeping with his birth mom, and he wee’d, she would lick it off him. Of course you’re not going to do that, and he can’t very well clean up after himself – he’s just a baby!
Fortunately, bed wetting with puppies usually only lasts a week or two. And here’s why.
Now, back to that intact male. He’s the exception. Sometimes, he does want to do it where he sleeps, because he doesn’t want anyone else invading his territory. What do you do in a situation like that?
Well, you can work very hard at training him, watch with the eye of a hawk for the merest lifting of a leg, and usher him outside. Or you could get really inventive, and provide him with a sort of auxiliary territory. Kind of a litter box for dogs, if you will. The Pet Loo Portable Pet Potty from Amazon is one that I really like. It’s a synthetic grass pad (you know that dogs love to go on grass!) that you can keep in your house, even next to your bed. It features an absorbent powder sponge system that traps urine and turns it into easily disposed gel. It traps odors, and cleanup is a breeze. It comes in a range of sizes, and right now Amazon is offering the large size for just $149.95, down from $162.99.
Now, all you have to do is convince your dog that if he absolutely must, he can wee in the bedroom, but only on the Pet Potty. He cares about the smell, since that’s what defines his territory, and as long as the Pet Potty is close to your bed, he’ll be happy with that. He will smell it, but you won’t, and you’ll be able to enjoy snuggling with your best friend all night long without worrying about unpleasantness.
I know you love your dog, and you want to sleep with him. Some of my most relaxing nights have been spent with a dog snuggled up next to my back, or curled around my knees. For that matter, I never even much minded when my dog would arrange my feet in a fashion that was totally comfortable for him, but gave me leg cramps – hey, he was comfortable, and that was really all that mattered!
Pee on the bed, though, is a whole other thing. You shouldn’t have to live with that. So if you can, train your dog not to do his business in the bedroom. Closing the door often works, but if it doesn’t, there are more inventive methods available to you – like bringing the outdoors inside, with a Pet Potty. I can’t say enough good about this great product, and if you have potty issues with your dog at night, I highly recommend that you try it out.
If your dog is very old and incontinent, Pet Potty will not likely work. A friend of mine invested in a rubber sheet because she couldn’t bear to tell her ancient Doberman that the bed was now off limits. What can I say? It’s whatever works for you and your dog.