We have a rescue dog, about 1.5 years old. She is our second dog. The other is about 5 years old, also a rescue. The problem we are having is that the younger dog pees on our bed. Further exciting details inside.
We live in a apartment with our two dogs, Aoife (about 5 years old) and Nuala (about 1.5 years). Both are rescue dogs
. We've had Aoife for 4 years (terrier mix unknown), and Nuala for 9 months (probably Yorkie/Jack Russell mix).
Aoife is crate trained, house trained, and fairly well behaved. When Nuala joined us, we crate trained her, and had to re-house train her. She still pees in the house occasionally (once or twice a month), but usually near, sometime on, her pee pad that we have by the door. Aoife and Nuala get along well, and Mr. Trixe Bee is home during the days, so the dogs are happy and well socialised. Nuala was abused before we rescued her, but other than being a bit nervous around new people and loud noises, seems to have adjusted well.
We have a normal, but flexible, schedule for walks, usually 3 times per day, morning, afternoon, evening. When Nuala first came to us, we would walk every few hours, up to 6 times a day (some were very short pee breaks, not full walks).
Here is the problem: We are gradually allowing Nuala more free roaming privileges in the apartment. However, sometimes when she has been on the bed (twice at bed time, once mid-day) she has peed. I never see the peeing in action, just the results. She has only been on the bed about a dozen times, while I'm cleaning, putting away clothes, etc. She does seem a bit excited when she gets to go upstairs, but she doesn't dribble or pee elsewhere upstairs. Why does she hold it till she's on the bed?
How can we manage this, other than a no-Nuala-on-the-bed rule? Aoife is fine on the bed, and sleeps there when she wants. Nuala sleeps in her crate, and if this continues, she always will. But I would like to get her to the point where she can be trusted to be on the bed. Is there a trigger with the bed that I'm not noticing?
I'm going to work a little harder to make sure she has ample pee opportunities throughout the day. Any other ideas to help Nuala earn pee-free, full-house privileges are appreciated!