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Old 11-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,
My little Sumo has been fully potty trained for a year now. However, he has recently started to pee in the house when I am gone. My husband is deployed and I am out of the house for 5-6 hrs a day on average. If I am going to be out for longer, I have a friend come in and let Sumo use the bathroom, play etc. He does not pee when I am home and he still lets me know when he has to go out. It almost seems like he is being spiteful lol, maybe possibly because I am not home with him? Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Any suggestions? He is eating well and has plenty of energy. His behavior is normal, except for going to the bathroom in the house...Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks,
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If he has been reliably potty trained for a year - I'd make sure to get a urine sample to the vet to make sure he doesn't have a UTI.... Even if he isn't having accidents when you are home - he may just be really good at letting you know. But if he was holding it while you were away previously, and now is having accidents - definitely get him checked out before putting it on behavior....


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Old 11-02-2012, 04:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like either UTI as was suggested or it could be separation anxiety.

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Old 11-02-2012, 05:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with Tori.....you should go to your vet to rule out a UTI. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Shannon, my Deer Chi, Freeway, does that when I leave him alone for more than 2 hours. He's fully trained, to the point I tell him go outside and pee and whether he wants to or not he'll go even if it's only a couple of drops. However, every single time I leave him alone for more than 2 hours like to get my hair done or mani/pedi or a facial the little bugger goes and marks on the parrot cage leg. It sounds exactly like separation anxiety to me. Little gut got used to having you home and now that you're away for more than what he considers reasonable he's letting you know about it. My dear Yorkie, Teddy, destroyed more than one very expensove pair of shoes for the same reasons till I got the point and starting taking him to grammy's and grampy's whenever I was going to be gone for more than a couple hours.

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Old 11-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Has Sumo been neutered? Often it is that second year when intact males really start marking.

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Is he confined when you leave or does he have the run of the house?
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, thanks so much for the feedback. Im sorry it took me so long to respond! I am in Nursing School and the last few weeks have been pretty hectic. Well, little Sumo has stopped using the bathroom in the house. He has not had an "accident" since the day I posted the original thread. My husband is also home from his deployment so he is not alone as much. Now, he pushes his food bowl to all ends of the kichen and I came home today and he had pushed it to the front door! He has quite the personality! I do let him have access to the entire house when we are away from home. He is normally pretty good about not messing in the house or tearing anything up. I am hoping he is just acting out a bit. If he does begin acting up again, I will definitely take him to the vet. As of right now, he is back to being my happy little ball of energy!
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