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Old 06-01-2013, 09:26 AM   #16
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As an owner of a dog who pees a LOT when he's scared (even in his crate, so that "dogs don't like to soil their own quarters" bull is at best not a hard-and-fast rule, and at worse nonsense), you can't always anticipate these things, so better to be preventative of the damages.
I've found that, with the wife's dog, it's merely less likely that she'll go in her crate. Normally, the dog can go 8-9 hours without going while in her crate (but will only go 3-4 max outside the crate before finding a spot in the house). When she was on pregnisone she peed overnight in the crate pretty often. The anti-biotic that she was on or if she gets into cat food will make her poop in the crate.

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Get yourself a crate AKA "airline kennel" like this:



Leave the door off initially, and FEED the dog in the crate- put the food bowl, even the water bowl inside initially in the back so he has to go inside to eat, this gets him used to it.
When he heads in to eat use the command word "crate", so every time he heads in to eat after you put the food in, say "crate" and very soon saying the word will have him diving into the crate for food, you can toss in a dog biscuit instead of feeding the normal food amount.

After a while you can feed him in the crate leaving the water bowl next to it, this now becomes his new home and den area, you can buy a crate pad that fits, or even use a heavy bath towel *IF* your dog doesn't chew things and will leave the towel alone.
After a bit you can install the metal grill door but leave it open, in short order you can put his food in, let him go inside to eat, and shut the door and leave him in there to finish and discover the door is shut.

It will take a little time but very soon you will find he goes in the open crate to lay down and sleep, you should be able to shut the door for brief periods and then him out again.
The crate will be his safe place, place to sleep and get away from activity and the storms.
A towel in there will absorb any urine if he DOES pee anyway, most dogs won't pee in their "den" but sometimes they just can't help it, so the towel will keep him from getting his fur all wet and you can simply launder it.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #18
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Nope; the carpet is not the problem - the urine is. No urine, no problem.
In other words it's the dogs fault?
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In other words it's the dogs fault?
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As an owner of a dog who pees a LOT when he's scared (even in his crate, so that "dogs don't like to soil their own quarters" bull is at best not a hard-and-fast rule, and at worse nonsense), you can't always anticipate these things, so better to be preventative of the damages.
Dogs are normally naturally clean animals as are wolves, they generally keep their "den" clean, however, medical issues as well as fear and trauma can certainly override that basic instinct just like a "housebroken" person will often wet their pants during an extremely shocking surprising traumatic event.
To the dog that crack of thunder which is 600% louder to the dog's far more sensitive ears than our own is equal to standing near the Boston marathon bomb when it went off.
The dog doesn't understand what thunder is at all, they have no concept, thus, the dog is going to be as shocked and scared as you would be if you were in the crowd in Boston standing a a few feet away when the bomb went off.

It's all but guaranteed you will react badly to that, and likely wet yourself too if not worse despite being "housebroken" from diapers and accidents for decades, it's no different for the dog.
Some dogs are more sensitive to it than others, mine hardly pay it any attention at all, there's various things that can help to some degree but I don't think they will fix the issue 100% anyway.
Crating the dog in a lit room with a towel, curtains closed , and playing music in the room at a good volume during the storm are two things that can help.

Even now 3 years later my boy likes to lay in his crate and he eats there as well. The door is removed.


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