I have a question about my Shih Tzu peeing in the house when we are not home with him.
Our dog is 7 years old, his name is Vinny and he spends a lot of time with me and my husband. We own a resort, so he is almost always with us. However, if we go out to dinner, and we also take him outside to pee before we leave, he will then pee all over the house while we are gone.
Sometimes he seems to enjoy peeing all over his bed, but we solved that by keeping that door closed. Now, he will pee just about anywhere and it is always a big puddle. It seems as if he is doing this to protest that we left him home alone. Please help.
Hi. When a Shih Tzu is peeing like this, only when you are not home, it is almost always an issue of separation anxiety
that develops when left home alone. There are several things that you can do, that when done, should come together to help him stop peeing like this.
First, he must learn that it is okay to be alone. It will be best if you choose 1 room for Vinny to stay in when you are not home with him. This will limit the area in which he can ruin carpeting and furniture with urine. Perhaps a room that is tiled.
Set up a nice area for him....Have toys (that he only is allowed to play with when in that area), blankets to cuddle in, a soft doggie bed, chews, snacks (best if hidden inside toys that make a dog "work" for the snack, water (best if in a dispenser bottle and not a bowl) etc. It is often best to have a radio or TV playing in the background so that it is not completely silent.