Scottie Duty


It's official: Miss Heather is now staple-free (again!). Let's hope she stays that way. Her eye is all better now, too, and her energy abounds. It is good to see her smile and cruise across the park with her head to the ground and her butt up in the air before flopping over and giving herself a good back-scratching courtesy of the green grass below. Yes, my little girl is happy -- and healthy -- again.

This weekend, she got to spend some quality time with Scottie Dad, who was on Scottie Duty this weekend while I was away. And as evidence in the recycle bin suggests, she and her brother got some treats Scottie Mom didn't approve or anticipate in the form of yummy Filet Mignon moist food. Looks like this little girl's got her daddy wrapped around her paw! Not only did he buy her dinner, he surprised her with a beautiful new, purple leash when tragedy struck and the double leash we bought last year went for its very last walk.

Heather Beather returned Scottie Dad's random acts of kindness by peeing on the couch during my absence twice and one additional time in the elevator, much to Scottie Dad's dismay. Alas, that did not stop him from trying his best to keep her safe and happy as I enjoyed some R&R in San Antonio, Texas. Needless to say, with health troubles seemingly behind us, perhaps it is time for us to again consider some sort of training with special Scottie Dad and daughter bonding time so we aren't mopping the floors everytime Heather sees her favorite man (besides Mr. K, that is).

And so, I open up the floor to you, fellow Scottie Moms and Dads. What are your suggestions to curb submissive urination? Can these accidents be avoided with time, patience and practice or does this Scottie Mom have to race Scottie Dad home every night to ensure we don't have any more accidents? And lastly, to sign up Scottie Dad and daughter for behavioral training, or no?

9 comments:

  1. If you find a solution, I sure do want to hear it!!!!

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  2. We had Lilly, the rescue greyhound from next door, and her parents over for a quick get-together. They brought Lilly's big bed. I peed in it and I guess I'm jealous of such a big bed. You're asking me why Heather pees, I can't figure out my own actions.

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  3. Raffles is clean now - thank goodness. He used the big bed and then kicked me out of my bed so he could use the clean one for sleeping!!
    If he is sick he uses one of the beds. We can't figure it out except to say that it is the closest inside thing to grass that he can find which makes out that he's more intelligent than perhaps he is!

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  4. Hmmm... Don't know about that one. The only peeing issues we know are ones of the elder dog type (Uncle Fergus is getting on in years)...

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  5. I used to get so excited when daddy came home from work i'd wee everywhere, but i grew out of it.
    Maybe it was just a blip from the excitement of the weekend and the extra treats?

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  6. sharonsullivan578240323March 5, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    I got Otis 10-6-12. Never having a boy I was unfamiliar with 'marking' and hoped it was to be a short lived (anxiety) issue. In the last month it has only happened twice. Yesterday my neighbor walked him mid day & I came home to a little river. I think I shall stick to our routine where he was doing better. I don't really understand why but he is a rescue & I see that changes can bring back bad habits.

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  7. I hope you will fund a solution - I think, maybe you need some time and patience...

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  8. One of our dogs did the submissive pee thing. We kept small chewy treats by the door and when we came in we would not look at him or acknowledge him in any way ....none of the excited I'm so glad to see you stuff. We would toss a treat down and walk away. The vet said dogs can't chew and pee at the same time. Don't know if that's true but it worked. He was so bad he would roll over and pee up in the air on himself. When we travel with the Scottie girls, they wear hot pants with a poise pad inside when we go in hotels and elevators to prevent marking pee. There are a lot of strange smells there and they want to own the space too. Our youngest scottie is a bit fearful and if a lot of people come in the house at once she will probably pee. We generally remove her to our bedroom and crate her until the initial welcome excitement is over then bring her out to greet people that are calm and seated. Peeing on your sofa or bed is marking behavior (unless they get startled or they are sick or haven't been let out enough....and girls have to go more often than guys...a universal rule). You may have to own it .....only allow them on it at your invitation....they can't get there unless invited and they have to get off when you get leave. Peeing in the elevator ....if you carry your dog they won't pee. Try it next time you are our with your dog. Lift them up mid pee and they will stop. If that's too difficult because the wee buggers can be hefty....use hot pants ( sold in pet stores...looks like pants the Velcro on with a tail hole....boy can wear the cummerbund style and get a human man incontinence pad...looks like a triangle...works better for the cummerbund style). And last but not least.....plenty of walkies. They need to leave and read pee-mail. A well drained dog is a drier dog.
    Another Scottie mom....of Bonnie and Kenzie , both wheatie pies!

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  9. I agree with Pam's suggestion to use treats. Try these Pumpkin Treats. My 3 Scottie's love love love them! And the pumpkin is good for a sensitive stomach: http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/recipes-for-pet-treats.html

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