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Why Does My Dog Pee on My Bed?

One annoying behaviour problem I hear often is a dog peeing on their owner’s bed or even the bed of another dog. As owners we find this distasteful and irritating. We have to keep washing the sheets and cleaning the mattress. So why do some dogs pee on a bed? I found a great article written by Valerie of Impawsible Pups and here’s what it says…..

It Smells Like You…

The number one reason dogs pee on your bed is the exact same reason they chew your dirty underwear and socks...it smells like you. In the wild, dogs and young dogs especially, encounter numerous different predators.  When they encounter a predator, they have two choices.  They can fight or they can run, and neither of these is extremely beneficial for the dog.  So, to avoid running into one of their foes they try to cover their scent.  In the wild (and often on farms or in the country), dogs will roll in the nastiest things, like poop or dead animals.  In your house, they roll in your dirty underwear and, you guessed it, your bed.  Young dogs especially have to be careful, so they try to cover the smell of their urine as well.  What better spot to hide their scent than in the scent of their protector and guardian.  Your bed smells like you...a lot...so your dog is hiding his scent in your bed.  By peeing in your bed, and hiding the smell of his urine, your dog is making himself feel less vulnerable and less exposed. 

Your Dog is Submissive

Some dogs are known as "submissive eliminators."  Many people find a submissive dog to be extremely desirable (easy to calm, eager to please, good with the family, etc.).  An overly submissive dog, however, can be a bit of a problem.  Submissive eliminators tend to pee...a lot.  They tend to pee when excited.  They'll pee when they're scared.  Sometimes they'll even pee just because someone entered the room.  Their pee is actually a huge sign of respect.  If your dog tends to squat whenever you walk in the room, then your dog is probably a submissive eliminator.  Younger dogs often grow out of this behaviour.

He’s Afraid

Because your dog feels most vulnerable right after being scolded and often after being left alone, these are the most common times for your dog to pee on your bed.  Because of this, many people think the dog is doing this out of spite.  I'll often hear, "I yelled at him for digging in the garbage, and he was so mad he went to my bedroom and peed on my bed!"  This is often supported by the fact that the dog often looks guilty after such an incident, like he knew he was doing something terrible and felt remorseful afterward.  The truth, however, is that your dog is peeing in your bed because he's afraid.  He feels vulnerable either because you yelled at him or because you left him alone.  He's trying to feel safe again.

What can you do?

The simplest, most logical treatment is to not allow your dog on your bed.  If you're not home or are unable to supervise your dog, put him in a crate.   You may think it sounds cruel, but I guarantee you that after a short while in the crate your young dog will start to find comfort by being in it.  Besides, if your dog can't get on your bed, he can't pee in your bed.

Next, you want to make sure your dog is completely housebroken.  Your dog may be confused as to where he's supposed to go.  This will do wonders for you in the long run.

After that, it's all about keeping things clean.  If your dog can still smell his urine from previous accidents he'll be more likely to urinate there again.  When you're cleaning up a mess, try using a biological wash powder, as this clears the smell to your dog’s nose.  Also, make sure you keep your sheets clean.  If you're one of those unlucky people who sweat a lot at night, wash your sheets (including your mattress cover) on a regular basis.

All in all, it comes down to knowing your dog.  What will set him off?  What frightens him and what does he like?  Take the time to "read" your dog and work with your dog, and you'll end up with a wonderful relationship.


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  1. Jackie Richards

    I see from all your messages I am not the only one with a dog that pees on beds. I have a 6 month old and since we had him he has gone in all the bedrooms and peed on the beds. In the last 2 months I have put a stair gate up so he cannot go upstairs.but it has broken and yes peed on the beds again.he comes upstairs to bed at night and we have a cuddle then he is put in his bed.no problem.shall I just buy another stair gate? And will he grow out of it. Oh yes just been muted.

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  2. Desiree

    Can someone tell me why I go to use the bathroom and when I come back it's pee on my bed and the dog is sitting in the corner looking guilty...like if she knows she is wrong why does she do it???

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  3. Barry Titterton

    Hi I have a staffie, who is 8 year and for the past two months has just started peeing on mine And my son's bed for no reason what so ever, she is a amazing dog and have never had an problem with her and her Heath is perfect, but as soon as we go out we come home and she has been on one of the beds can you offer some advise please on why and what to do. Thank you

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  4. Mikaela Macias

    I live with my mom who had a poodle the dog is not mine does not sleep with me I'm not the one that feeds her or anything I pet her sometimes but I'm not a dog person but I'm not mean to her but every once in a while ,while I'm at work she pees in my bed! She never pees in my mom's bed or other furniture just mine!

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  5. Andres F Montes

    My dog is 4 years old and she USED to pee on beds and couches but that was when she lived with my mother in law and she would mostly pee from fear whenever she would be on the bed and someone got her down from the bed. Once she moved with me, we expected her to pee the bed once in a while but we allowed her on the bed and eventually she stopped peeing on the bed. Now i bought a new couch and every day she pees in it. The first day she peed it twice. After i tried diciplined her for it next day she peed the bed. Now she continues to pee the couch on purpose and she hides every time she does cause she knows that she shouldnt. Im thinking that its for the fact that its in "her" space, the couch is in the living room and for the past 6 months she basically lived in the living room. Any comments andresmon640@gmail.com

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  6. Nancy Canterbury

    My dog is 13 months old and is house trained. She has started peeing in my bed this week. I read that it's because she afraid. I don't believe that. She has been sleeping in my bed since she was 5 weeks. I don't know why she is doing this. I am my 91 year old fathers care taker, also I have RA. So washing my bed linen daily really causes pain and stress. The bed linens are all new. I'm at my end. I can not handle this. Please if you could help. We put the dog in her crate when we leave. She has always slept with me in my bed. Before this week she has never peed in the bed. It will break my heart, I love this dog but I will have to find her a new home. I can not deal with her peeing in the bed. Please help!

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  7. Josselyn Rivas

    Science my mom came back from North Carolina my dog start peeing at my bed and I just know what to do I've been like this for a month I don't know why she's peeing in my bed I know she smell our smell but I just don't know what to do with her she's a jorkie

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  8. Cheyenne

    My dog pees on my bed all the time and I have no idea why. Pretty much everyday I come home from school and have pee on everything. And I dont know why. No one else is at home to let them outside during the day, but he never peed on my bed before. It only started a couple months ago. He does a lot of weird stuff. He'll drag my clothes from downstairs to upstairs all the time. And idk why he does any of this. Idk if you can help me but idk where else to ask.

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  9. Bonnie Cunningham

    I have a 13 year old Maltese that sleeps with us. For the first time last night she peed in the bed. When my husband felt it he jumped up and she didn't even wake up until I moved her. She was sound asleep. I had taken her out at 930 and this happened at 130.

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  10. Nancy Harlow

    We had problems with our dog also. He used to bark and chew shoes, table etc when we were not at home. Both my husband and I work a lot and had no time to take our Bud to dog training classes. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do. He recommended one online dog behavior trainer. I love this trainer http://bit.ly/1SGzTK7 It helped us a lot, and I strongly recommend it for you.

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  11. Tina riley

    Hi I have a seven month old French bulldog. She has recently started to pee & poop on my bed. Any advice would be great

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  12. Jonathan

    I have an 8 week old English Bulldog that loves to pee on my bed. This is when I'm not in the room and even when I'm in the room and laying there with her. Sometimes she will go on a walk and had already peed but then ends up peeing on my bed still. Help please, I go through at least 3 blankets a day and have to change my sheets each time.

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  13. Jessica

    I have an 8 month old American bulldog that just started to pee on our bed and not just pee on the bed she does it right in front of us. The last time she did it she had actually just come in from a walk and had done all her business. I don't know what to do that will make her stop she knows she is doing something wrong because she takes off as soon as we catch her doing it. HELP!!!!

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  14. Kayleigh sewell

    Hey I have a dog de dordex cross German Shepard he's coming up 5 and the last few months he's taken to pee on my children's floors and ripping up our carpet peeing and pooping on my bedroom floor too I'm at my wits end is the any advice you can share I would be greatful

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  15. Alison

    Hi we have a two year pug cross how has just started peeing on our daughters bed every day. Her cat does sleep in there at night so not sure if it's related to that although the pets get on and we've had the cat 18 months. Alfie is a very submissive dog and seems to OK being dominated by our older pug cross Ruby but can get picked on by other male dogs whilst out. He has been done!. We also have to be quick as he will eat Ruby and the cats poo at any opportunity. He does also sleep with a teddy which he holds in his mouth. He was taken to puppy classes ect so was socialised at an early age

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  16. jenny

    Hi we got given a 5 year old French bulldog 2 weeks ago, in the first week she pooped in the living room for 3 days despite being walked and let out often and she has also weed on our bed 2/3 times luckily she's stopped doing it but I've noticed when she gets excited she dribbles wee..i didn't know if this is because her previous owner bred off her 3 times (we will get her neuted) I've also noticed spots of blood when she,s weed on our bed

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  17. Ryan Pullen

    Hi I would like some advise please. We have a 8 month old puppy she was perfect up till 3 weeks ago. She never has accidents inside the house when where there and she always went on her puppy mat when we left her on her own most time would hold her self. However over the last 3 weeks everytime we leave her she is weeing on the floor. Please is there any advise you can give to get her back to how she was ?

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  18. Amanda

    I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers.. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it?s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!! Amanda- thanks for getting in touch, I will email you regards Abbie

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  19. david

    My dog has suddenly started peeing on the bed. Not just ours but the spare bed too, and also fouling in the dining room . This sometimes happens when she is not even alone in the house . She is 11. Is she starting to get dementia?

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  20. Jeanette Beharrell

    Hi Gill, we are having a problem our puppy max he is four months old and a pretty smart little pup but he is showing aggressive biting towards us he actually snarls . I put him in another room for time out but he just starts it all over again when he is allowed out -help!

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  21. jaspar

    We avoid pee problems on the sofa and bed by placing a small bowl of dry food on each. The peeing stopped immediately. The food was in such a strange place that our dogs stopped getting on the sofa altogether. Try it, nothing to lose.

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  22. Ray

    The it smells like you blurb sounds like what my dog is doing. But how do i fix this problem?

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  23. Keren pelka

    Hi Can u tell me why my puppy wees on my bed and when he wakes up he wees on my knee

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  24. Elizabeth

    My dog just peed on our bed In between me and my partner Worst part is she waited till I was asleep to do so I am sooo angry at her She's been trained and now she does this

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  25. Abbie (oakwood dog trainer)

    Hi Sandy, please could you email us on oakwoodcanineservices1@gmail.com and we can offer you some advice. Thanks

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  26. Sandy

    My dog is peeing in my bed, dog is 3 years old and was abused before we got her

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  27. Kiera

    Okay so I have an 8 year old husky/German Shepherd mix. She has never had any accidents in my house and we have had her for about 2or 3 years now. She only pees on my bed and it's a couple times a week. I take her out to go to the bath room right before I go to sleep (around midnight) and as soon as I get up ( around 7 or so). She had recently gone to the vet and we found no health problems. The only thing I can think of is that I now have a new dog sleepin in my room with me. But we have had her for a while also. She is not a new dog but is just now sleeping in my room. They both sleep in my room and unfortunately both sleep on my bed. Is there any way j can stop her from peeing on my bed? Aslo I can not keep her in a cage at night because of separation issues and because of the husky in her, she howls, loudly. And I can't not sleep with our her in here because of safety reasons.

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  28. Gill

    To everyone who has posted a comment on this blog, I don't seem to be able to reply to your comments, please email me on the above email address and we can chat individually about your problems.

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  29. Michelle Jupp

    I have two 8 month old Chihuahua's sister and we have been a bit soft with them as they are so small. We are trying get them to go to the toilet in the garden and have moves their puppy pad nearer the garden door. I have tried to coax them to go on the pad with no luck. Just found out that they have peed on the bed in our spare room. They do have the run of the house and they are not often left on their own so not sure what to do next I will be shutting the door to spare room in future. I keep putting them on them at and telling them to go wee wee. Not sure what to do next. Many thanks.

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  30. Linda

    I have a 4yr old English cocker, she is a lovely natured, confident and happy dog (I think!?) However for the past couple of yrs she goes through a phase around every 6-12 months of jumping on my sons bed and peeing. She has also jumped up on the sofa and wet on the stand alone cushion. The first time I thought she'd been locked in the room, but after following episodes I kept an eye on it and noted she been outside then come straight in and done it on the bed!? There seems to be no rhyme or reason for her actions, it's not all the time there is quite a few months between episodes and she has not been told off or ignored prior to all the incidents. Any ideas why she is doing this please? She has been is neutered from an early age but I thought it could be linked to when she should be in season? Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Linda

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  31. ahmed turky

    my dog is 6 months old and she mostly pee on my bed daily and by the way she is never lonely cause her mom is alway with her , her mom is with me since 4 years and she never don something like that before , why is she doing this and when do i expect her to stop or how , by the way my dogs r beagles thank u

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  32. delorise

    I have a dog I got from my sister is she didn't want cause she didn't want to take her out so I took her in I already had two dogs at that time. But my sister would punish her for being in house so that's when she gave her to me now my other two dogs never peed in my house or my bed now they all do it and I've tried everything I try to show her how much I love her but she will Pete and go to other room

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