View Full Version : Is Maddy punishing me?

29th April 2007, 04:36 AM
I got home yesterday afternoon. My grandsons were still here. Maddy has had a full house for a week all paying attention to her.
They left this morning. Tonight my husband and I went out to dinner with our son and his wife. They live in Tampa so we meet half way. Because of that we were gone about six hours. Quite a long time. Maddy was in her x-pen. As soon as we got home I took her out. She really wanted to be held and showed no interest in peeing. So I held her for a few minutes then put her down to pee. She looked right at me and jumped up on the lounge chair and peed on it! As she did this she was staring right at me! At first I did not realize what she was doing, I just thought she was sitting there. Luckily it is waterproof so I cleaned it off with a papertowel and then put miracle cleaner on it. This is the second time she has done this in the last month. Both times when I returned from being out for a while. Is she doing it on purpose to punish me? This is her favourite lounge for sitting in the sun. You would think she would choose another one. I guess I am going to have to be aware of this behaviour and not allow her to jump up on it until she has peed.

Cathy Moon
29th April 2007, 05:15 AM
I don't think dogs try to get even with their families - sounds like it was just an accident. I would just make sure next time to put her on a lead and walk her on the lawn until she pees.

29th April 2007, 05:36 AM
Yeah, I am with Cathy. I don't go in for the dogs getting revenge, punishing us etc. My guess is that she was just so excited & happy to see you that her priority was to communicate with you rather than to go to the toilet. She either didn't go, or didn't go properly.

If my dogs have been confined for a while, I will always go with them & watch that they really do a pee, a nice big proper one... not just a little token squirt. I always think that when their bladders are really full, sometimes they need to go more than once. All of my adults dogs will wander around doing 2 or 3 pees in a 5 - 10 minute period after being let out.

29th April 2007, 09:32 AM

Have to agree with the others, I think Maddy was just so pleased to see you again that quite literaly forgot herself! My lot are always escorted into their bit of the garden first for potty duties when I have been out for a long time, perform their duties then I usually get buried under a sea of happy Cavaliers!! :paw: :paw:

29th April 2007, 12:54 PM
My puppy (born the same week as yours BTW!) went though a phase of doing that for a few weeks about a month ago. Every person he greeted, he did a wee. Thankfully, it did not last!

29th April 2007, 01:16 PM
Mishmosh that's known as submissive urination -- fortunately most dogs that do this will grow out of it as they get older or can be retrained -- yours clearly grew out of it as he got older and more confident. :). From their POV though they are acknowledging you as an important person when they urinate like this! Incidentally the wolf I wrote about in another thread did this when she met me -- her owner told me she was accepting and acknowledging me when she did this and it should be viewed as an honour. :lol:

Dogs definitely don't 'get back' or 'get revenge' on people -- they don't have that ability to think in such an abstract way. I'd say she needed to go out right away and needed to be on a lead, as others have noted. Peeing on sofas or beds or rugs is a common occurence when puppies are given a bit too much freedom and are not yet fully housetrained or in young dogs, or dogs that are a bit stressed. :thmbsup: There are lots of theories why they choose places like this but basically it's thought these are attractive places full of rich scents. They are just adding their scent (urine) to a place full of your scent. They don't recognise it as somewhere they shouldn't go unless they have been housetrained not to go there. However she definitely could have decided to pee in the house just due to a bit of recent stress. Having lots of people she doesn't know around even if they all paid her attention (for some dogs, especially if they all paid her attention!), plus having her whole routine change, plus then being left alone for a long stretch could have made her a bit anxious and stressed which can make them do things they don't normally do. I warn people that rescue dogs may have a few accidents as they first settle in because they are stressed and their whole routine has suddenly changed.

Anyway whatever the reason -- it's a good idea now to be cautious of her when on furniture just til you are 100% sure of her again.

29th April 2007, 02:16 PM
I'm sorry I should have made it clear she was not in the house. She was outside and peed on the outside sunlounge. She jumped up from the ground onto the lounge.
Very glad to hear though that "punishment" is not even a consideration! LOL.
Also, it was definitely not excitement "trickle". It was the full "like a horse" pee. So I do recognize that after she has been alone a while I must not allow her to jump on any outside furniture until she has taken care of business.
I was right next to her but did not have her on a lead.

30th April 2007, 01:36 AM
I have to sort of disagree with the others so far, only based on my personal experience with Digby. Around the same age as Maddy is now he went through a stage of going and weeing somewhere naughty when there was a change in their routine.
I blame myself not him and I don't see it as punishing me just showing me his distate for the change ?
He did grow out of it though but it took about 6 months and in that time he may of done it on say 5 occasions ? Usually on my bed or theirs.