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4 yr old urinating in house

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Roberta

My 4 yr old boy has suddenly started going in the house. Nothing has changed in his routine. He has a fenced in yard open to him at all times through a doggie door 

he is one of 5 dogs,  he is the only shih tzu. They all grew up together and sleep and play together. Never any tension. I have no idea what is going on in his little mind, he seems to know

that he did wrong. Help

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Jo-Anne

Hi, did you have him checked out by a vet? He could have a uti (urinary tract infection). 

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Pawz4me

Welcome, Roberta!

I agree with Jo-Anne. Any time a trustworthy dog starts having accidents the first step should be a vet visit to rule out physical causes. There are quite a few things that could cause it, and of course a UTI is at the top of the list. If he checks out okay then I'd start wondering if something outside scared him, and now he's reluctant to go back out.

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Roberta

He was vet checked, very healthy. I’m beginning to think he’s lazy. He is not an active dog

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Marlene

You might want to try a belly band on him - the boys usually accept them quickly.  I think we have folks here who use them.

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Sunlite

First is he neutered? Are all your other dogs neutered or has anyone else started marking? Is he actually urinating or is it marking to claim..  This is mine...in a house full of dogs it's a common thing! Is it possible there's a female in heat nearby? Lots of possibilities. Belly bands will most definitely help solve the marking but still finding out why would be better. 

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