Sunday, June 15, 2014

Don’t be surprised if you discover that one of the dogs is peeing in the house. You probably can’t be sure which dog it is, or even if it is only one of them—although the most likely occurrence is that the new dog is having trouble adjusting to her new environment. In all likelihood, a break in house-training is only going to be a temporary problem.
  If Either Dog Has an Accident in the House, Don’t Make a Big Deal of It.
In fact, don’t show any reaction at all if you find urine anywhere in the house, or even a “bigger” accident. Under the pressure and excitement of the new arrangement, accidents can happen to either dog.
However, if either dog starts urine-marking in the house, you have a more complicated territorial issue that is probably best handled by a professional. In the first day or two you may not be able to distinguish between an accident and purposeful urine-marking. However, since the anxious/confused accidents usually stop after the first day or two, it will be clear if urine is reappearing in one location, or there are signs of several wet spots after that.
You might consider contacting a dog trainer/behaviorist as soon as you become aware that this is a urine-marking problem, because you want to stop it before it becomes a habit that is much harder to break.
Clean Up the Urine with an Enzymatic Cleaner.
You should have on hand any of the liquid products—such as Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle—that clean bodily fluids and are marketed for house-pet accidents. These products neutralize the urine (or feces, blood or vomit), rather than simply cleaning superficially. Do not use any product containing ammonia, since it smells like urine.
  The New Dog Needs Time to Get Used to Her New Surroundings.

Your resident dog takes your lifestyle in stride and anticipates what is going to happen, but keep in mind that the routines and schedule of your house are mysteries to the new dog. Because she will be disoriented as she tries to figure them out, give her more chances to relieve herself outdoors, either by taking her out or making sure she knows how and where to exit on her own, if there is an open door or a dog door.
Copyright © Tracie Hotchner – Originally appeared in The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know by Tracie Hotchner

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