My dog peed on the couch!

United States
July 1, 2009 12:17am CST
I have an old dog, about 14 years old. This past year he has been having trouble controlling his bladder. Today, he peed on the couch. It ended up on two of the couch cushions. It smelled really bad. My dad and I sprayed the cushions with water, squeezed it out, and then hung it on the outside line. Good thing that the couch is already really old so it's not a HUGE deal. But it's the couch I spend my time on so it was really annoying. Does anyone have any dogs who has problems controlling their bladder? If so, what have you done to minimize them peeing on important stuff like furniture?
15 responses
@toonvk (267)
• Belgium
1 Jul 09
That's just nasty. My cat pees in the sink (view my discussion on it), and I just can't get her to stop. Maybe you should ask your vet or a dog whisperer what to do. These guys often know what to do. Just ask the vet the next time you go to him with your dog.
• United States
1 Jul 09
Yes, it is very nasty. At least in a sink, it is easy to clean up. But anywhere a pet pees is just nasty. We've thought about going to the vet and asking them about it. We just haven't had any reason to go lately and it's expensive (as you know i'm sure) to go there.
@toonvk (267)
• Belgium
1 Jul 09
Yeah my mom pays for that kind of stuff... But, can't you just call and ask him?
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
1 Jul 09
I am sorry to hear that, I have a dog with that problem, I tried to time him so he can go outside after meals or drinks, it is hard for me to give good advice,like are you on an apartment or house, it will be good to know, dogs do have problems controling themselves as they grow older. I have seen books on it on Walmart and some pads that could help you training him. Good luck!
• United States
1 Jul 09
We live in a house. We take him out side often - a lot more than we used to. He isn't very good at telling us when he needs to go outside so we make sure we take him outside as often as possible.
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
1 Jul 09
That's kinda normal in that age, time him like 20 minutes afterwards and see if that works for you. It works in here, plus we are feeding the older dog outside early in the morning and late in the day, after 5 0r 6. I hope this can work for you too.
• United States
3 Jul 09
My rottweiler has a problem controlling his bladder too (although sometimes I think he just does it when he's mad). He was housebroken quickly as a puppy and he was fine the first few years (he's almost 8 years old now), but now he pees on the two couches in our living room and he pees on one of my brother's bed and in my parents bathroom when he can get to into the rooms. He used to pee my bed and the floor in front of it alot too. It gets annoying but it's worst when he just comes in from being outside and then within 5 minutes pees in the house!
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I agree with you on the part where they do it when they're mad. My mom had a cat one time, he was real demanding and persnickety, he lived to be like 16-years-old and he did not have trouble controlling his functions. What he did do was poop right in the middle of her bed where she would be sure to find it after she moved from Washington State to Georgia. He only did that one time and my mom couldn't believe it. She watched him like a hawk after that. My mom is a stickler about her pets being under a vet care so he was healthy as a horse. Some time later, she was in car accident with my sister. She got banged up pretty good so I went to stay with her. She didn't stay at the hospital over night, so it wasn't like she was gone. When we got up the next morning and went out on the porch to have our coffee. I went back in to do something, and that stupid cat had peed right in the middle of her bed, and the one I was sleeping in. I think he was super ticked off because no.1, she brought me, a virtual stranger home, and no.2 she brought the weird smells from the hospital. She was so mad she told me to take him by the vet and have him put to sleep. Well I couldn't do that. Instead I brought him home, where he hid for weeks. Eventually he warmed up to me. No peeing or pooping problems for a long time. Until I made him mad, and there is was, on the bed, poop. He never peed on anything but if you made him mad, you better make sure all the bedroom doors were closed and cover the furniture with shower curtains. Fortunately he was on Science diet dry food so what he left behind was hard and dry, not the normal cat yuk. I say if any animal is doing this only when you're not around, it isn't an accident, it's intentional, they're sending a message. If it's really an accident, it's going to happen in front of us as well. I believe what your little rascal is doing is intentional.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Your dog has some age on him. I have a feeling he's no different then us when we get older. Many elderly people have to wear pads because they can't control their bladders. If you have always let him up on the furniture and can't keep him off now, I would just buy some cloth pee-pads and keep his favorite areas covered. As for the couch cushion, the first thing I would do is mix up a vinegar solution, take the cushions outside and saturate the area with the vinegar, let it set awhile then flush it with water real good, squeeze out as much as you can and let it dry. May have a little residual vinegar odor for awhile, but it's better than pee smell.
• United States
1 Jul 09
Thanks for the idea on hose to clean the couch cushion.
@jugsjugs (13045)
1 Jul 09
We had a dog that was very old that had joint problems,he had a problem with the peeing on anything and everything also pooing.We took him to the vets and they told us he had not got any control over his bladder or bowel just like humans can get in old age.Happy Mylotting.
• United States
1 Jul 09
Yep, dogs can be like humans in some ways. At least humans don't pee on couches though lol!
• India
1 Jul 09
I too have a 12 yrs old dog ... they are the best pets any human can own. As your pet is growing old it will face all these problems. besides visiting a doctor you could also try building small dog house out side your house where you could put him so that he does not dirty your house, but it might be a little difficult to now to tie him and keep in the dog house because he is used to stay in the house without being tied. Or the other way is to see that somebody takes him out of the house after every 30 minutes so that he does not pee in the house. At this age its very difficult to train them for any thing new so its best that you take the extra efforts and try taking him out more often.
• United States
1 Jul 09
I agree, at this age it is hard to train them for anything new. We have been taking our dog out more often. Lately, we have even taken him out in the middle night. My dad wakes up sometimes in the middle of the night and notices that our dog isn't staying still so he takes him out.
@John4Christ (1598)
• India
1 Jul 09
yes i have a dog, and she did pee once in the house but not on the couch.......she did it on the dust mat, whenever she wants to visit natures call she comes and constantly starts pouncing on any one of us and then directs us towards the door, that's an indication that she wants to go down and pee......so we take her down and she attends the natures call.......
• United States
1 Jul 09
My dog will come and jump up and down and start going toward the door. But he doesn't do that very often. I stay up late at night in the basement while my parents sleep upstairs. One time he came downstairs on his own in the middle of the night, and it was strange because he never leaves my mom in the middle of the night. He is a momma's boy! lol. Well, I figured out he needed to go outside, so I took him out and afterwards he went straight back to my mom!
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
1 Jul 09
well dogs should be potty trained early in life and still after that they can go back to their ways. everybody in your house should let the dog be trained to pee on just one place.
• United States
1 Jul 09
He has lived in the house for 8 years so he has peed in the same spot for several years. About 7 months ago, my parents and I moved some furniture around and he started peeing on couch pillows so we sort of had to "retrain" him then. And he sort of stopped. Unfortunately, since he is an old dog he has trouble controlling his bladder.
@odwyerhl (46)
• Mexico
2 Jul 09
When an animal does something out of character, they are usually sick or upset about something. has something changed in your household? If so it could be bothering him. Is he acting funny or sick? Maybe check with you vet. As for the cushions, your local pet supply place should have something called Natures Miracle. that has always worked for me. Also if he seems to be gravitating to that same spot to do the nasty deed again, try sprinkling that area with pepper. This works for my cats
2 Jul 09
I can identify with your problem. I had a husky cross and she developed the problem at, around, that age. She also held her left hind leg off the ground as she moved around. We took her to the vet and discovered that she had arthritis in her rear. We were told that the most humane thing to do, because of her age, was to have her put to sleep. You have to remember that dogs have a lifespan of 15 to 16 years. I suggest you take your dog to a vet and see if it's a medical problem. I think it's just old age.
• Egypt
2 Jul 09
i ask u to leave it its bad to have adog in your house as it may be have disease which may transmit it to you
• Canada
2 Jul 09
Hello: this is an easy solution. Pick up some old cushions from a couch that some one is tossing out. Tie them together and when he goes towards furniture direct your dog to his couch. In the end the dog will luv u 4 it....Dog has own furniture. REMEMBER ALWAYS LUV YOURDOG/ PET, THEY WILL ALWAYS LUV U..
@debny711 (264)
• United States
2 Jul 09
My dog is 15 years old and he has never been allowed on the furniture. he has his own bed. He use to stay in the house but because of his age he could not control his bladder. he was peeing all over and the house started to smell. I took him to the vet and he has something called CUSHINGS DISEASE. Thats when an old dog doesn't realize he is peeing. He is on medication for it but he also stays outside in a dog house now. Its so sad when they get old just like a human.
@Bloggership (1118)
• Indonesia
2 Jul 09
14 years old dog and still didn't know where the right spot to pee?.. ... Maybe your dog does too old to remember where should go to pee.. My dog never do that even i never teach him where to pee.
@Bobbo696 (23)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Since it is an old dog, he might just be confused and he also might just be losing control over his bladder. As a puppy you should train them to be potty trained but seeing as it's 14 years old, it is hard to teach it new things. I can't really give you any help on how to make it stop but I just hope that it does.