Why Does My Dog Pee on My Bed ? Reasons with Exact Solutions

Let’s get to the answer of your question ” why does my dog pee on my bed ?” with possible reasons and solutions.

Dogs peeing on the beds of their owners is not an uncommon occurrence as a number of pet parents have been known to experience this.

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Why Does My Dog Pee on My Bed ?

There are various reasons your dog may pee on your bed, some serious and others, not so much.

  1. Genetics Play a Role

Some particular dog breeds are more likely to experience urinary accidents than others. These breeds include Siberian Huskies, English Bulldogs, Labradors and Golden Retrievers.

  1. Your Dog is Trying to Cover His or Her Scent

While in the wild, dogs naturally hide their scents from predators as a self-protecting measure. It is completely instinctive and involuntary. Though all canines do this, it is more common with puppies than older dogs.

As their owner, your dog naturally loves your scent. They also absolutely love anything that smells like you.  That’s why you may sometimes find your pet chewing a clothing item you own, whether a sweater, a sock or even as bizarre as it seems, your underwear. This is simply to get to your scent.

Something that is sure to always smell of you is your bed and as result, you would sometimes find your pet rolling around in it. Obviously, after this is done, your dog would inevitably transfer some of his or her scent to your bed. Due to their innate desire to hide their scent, your pet would then urinate on your bed in an attempt to do this.

  1. Your Dog is Feeling Fearful or Anxious

In order to cope with feelings of fear or anxiety, your dog could pee on your bed. For instance, loud banging noises from a renovation next door or a thunderstorm could prompt fear in your pet, causing them to find solace in your bed. If their feelings of anxiety become worse, they may end up peeing on your mattress.

It is important for you to figure out what may be inducing this apprehension in your pet. For one, this is so that you can either eliminate these triggers or help your dog cope somehow. It is also to establish if indeed, the urination has been brought on by anxiety or something else. That way, you can more adequately come up with a solution to the issue.

  1. It is Done As a Sign of Submissiveness

A number of dog parents prefer to adopt naturally submissive dogs as they are more obedient and easier to train. They are also known to easily get along with children and are always keen on pleasing their owners. However, a dog that is excessively submissive may cause more displeasure than joy after a while.

These types of dogs are typically referred to as ‘submissive eliminators’. Regular urination is a habit that is common with more docile canines, whether they are excited to see you or are feeling afraid and as weird as it seems, their pee is a mark of respect. Unfortunately, many submissive canines are more likely to experience anxiety and fear, so frequent peeing is something to expect.

Another sign to look out for in order to find out if your dog is submissive is squatting. Therefore, if your dog squats or pees a lot in your presence, it could mean that it is done as a sign of submissiveness. The relieving news is that this happens mostly with puppies and after a while, the behavior will be outgrown.

  1. It Could Be a Health Condition

If you have noticed that your pet pees a bit too frequently, especially if the behavior began suddenly and without warning, it could possibly be a medical condition. If you also consider the fact that it may be an older dog that is fully potty trained, it could signify that he or she may not be able to control their bladder.

There are a few health issues that may cause this:

  • Urinary Tract Infections

One of the most common reasons a dog would pee excessively or do so on your bed is urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections result in bladder inflammation which leads to a sudden desire to urinate.

It is an infection that mostly affects females but males can experience this too. In addition to uncontrolled urination, some other signs that your pet may be suffering from urinary tract infection include fatigue, a general look of being ill, leakage in the urinary area and an increase in body temperature. Even smelly urine, traces of blood in the urine and a slight difficulty in peeing could mean your dog may be suffering from a urinary tract infection.

  • Diabetes

Diabetes happens when the pancreas stops producing sufficient insulin and your dog peeing on your bed could be a sign of this disease. Other symptoms may include dehydration and extreme thirst, throwing up, lethargic behavior as well as weight loss.

  • Obesity

Being overweight can lead to weakened muscles. This can subsequently cause incontinence and this could be why your dog pees on your bed.

  • Kidney Disorders

If your pet is experiencing any kind of kidney condition such as kidney infections, kidney stones, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease, these may cause him or her to pee on your bed.

  • Injury

If your dog urinates on your bed, it could also be as a result of an accident or injury that may have caused damage to the urethra or urinary tract.

  • Urinary Incontinence

You may find your bed or dog’s bed covered in urine when he or she wakes up or even leaking small amounts of urine during the course of the day. Your pet may be going through hormone-responsive urinary incontinence. It could be experienced by desexed animals, no matter the age of desexing.

Some other things that may cause urinary incontinence could be bladder stones, spinal injuries, a rise in intake of water, congenital abnormality, some rare cases of cancer, certain medicines or issues with the prostate.

  1. It Could Be a Way of Marking Their Territory

Something dogs have the tendency to do is to mark their territories, particularly if they are male. A way they may feel the need to do this is by peeing on things. One of those things may, unfortunately, include your bed. If a dog is more dominant, he or she may even mark the surrounding of your home simply to assert possession of that area.

This behavior begins from when they turn teenagers and becomes even more prominent as they mature into adulthood.

  1. Your Pet May Not Be Adequately Housebroken

A dog that is not properly housebroken has not yet been taught the correct behavior when it comes to peeing. In a case where you have not yet established the approved places for your dog to urinate, they would do so anywhere and everywhere, including your bed.

  1. It Could Simply be Old Age

Sadly, the older a dog gets, the more incontinent they become, finding it more difficult to hold in their urine. If your pet enjoys laying on your bed, he or she may unintentionally wet it as a result of the incontinence brought on by ageing.


How to Deal With Your Dog Always Peeing on Your Bed ?

How to Deal With Your Dog Always Peeing on Your Bed

  1. Prevent Them From Getting to Your Bed

One of the most obvious and surest ways of ensuring your dog doesn’t mess up your bed is by keeping them off. If your pet has no access to your bed then it is impossible for them to pee on it. This tip may seem a bit harsh, particularly if you are simply a big softie where your pet is concerned. However, as hard as it sounds, this is actually the most failsafe way of making sure your dog never pees on your bed.

  1. Use a Crate

If you would be absent from home or for one reason or another, you can’t keep an eye on your pet, consider keeping him or her in a crate. Crate training is one efficient way to curb this habit both in puppies and older dogs that, sometimes, need to be potty retrained. Even if this is an idea your dog may not be too keen on at first, it is something both you and them would benefit from in the long run after proper crate training.

Crate training is not only great for avoiding destructive behavior; it works wonders for dogs that are prone to fear and anxiety, which is one major cause for reckless peeing.

  1. Housebreak Your Pet Properly

When your pet has been adequately housebroken and potty trained, accidents such as peeing on your bed or any other area of your house can be prevented. A well housebroken dog has been taught the suitable spots to urinate or poop. Until this has been done, your pet would think that it is acceptable to go potty or pee wherever they please.

Housebreaking your dog is always a great option as it saves you cleaning time and keeps undesirable smells away. There is only so much continuously turning your mattress over can solve, really.

An ideal place to start off with is restricting access to where you see these accidents occur frequently. Keep the doors to bedrooms or rooms you don’t want your dog in shut, especially if you would be away from home for a number of hours. Also use crates or play pens in the room you would be keeping your pet in.

One unwelcome and underrated but really effective time to teach your dog acceptable toilet behavior is actually while caught in the act. Whenever you notice that your dog is peeing where they shouldn’t, immediately show your dissatisfaction by either saying (not yelling) a firm “No” or clapping your hands. Doing this would instantly interrupt the act. Quickly take him or her outside to the appointed toilet area to finish. Once done, lavish your canine friend with positive reinforcements and treats, if desired.

As always, in dog training, never shout or punish your dog for bad behavior. Instead, it is always more effective to praise and reward for good behavior.

  1. Make Sure Your Pet Has Enough Chances to Relieve Himself or Herself

As mentioned previously, properly housetraining your dog is a good thing. If your pet has been well-housebroken, it would mean that they have associated urinating in certain areas with bad behavior. Unfortunately, it also means that if they can’t get to their assigned toilet area, they may keep holding in the urine. However, when their bladders have been become too full and they can’t keep it in anymore, they pee wherever they are, and this may be your bed if you are unlucky. This is even a bigger issue if you own a pet with a smaller bladder.

Therefore, it is important that you ensure your pet is given sufficient opportunities to go pee. If you would be leaving your canine friend home alone for a while, consider fitting a dog door that would make it easier for him or her to go outside and come in easily. If you don’t own a home with a yard or you are unsure about your pet’s ability to go out and come back in safely, potty training pads are an amazing option.

  1. Keep Things Clean

If your dog can smell his or her urine, the possibility of them peeing in the same spot is very high. The sense of smell of a dog is topnotch, therefore the chances of them catching a whiff of their pee is just as high.

As a result of this, it is important to ensure the accident area is thoroughly cleaned up to avoid it repeating itself. Your best bet would be to use an enzyme-based cleanser or pet odor remover to fully ensure no urine traces or smells linger. In addition to mopping up the urine, you must also ensure your sheets are well-laundered after any accidents to get rid of the smell.

Also, this may be quite tedious and extreme but if you can, take out your mattress to air dry (out of reach of your pet, of course!). This would help to decrease the smell as well; not by much but there would definitely be a significant difference.

  1. Visit Your Pet Doctor

Having done all else, including training or retraining and the problem persists, it may be time to consider visiting your vet who will confirm or rule out any medical issues. This should be done as soon as you can, especially if you notice any physiological changes such as vomiting, pain, increase in body temperature, excessive thirst, slowness or a reduction in agility in addition to the excessive peeing.

Also, if the behavior of peeing on your bed began from nowhere and there are other little changes in your dog, it might be worth going to your vet. If it turns out to be a medical concern, they would suggest and administer the appropriate treatment. Where applicable, your pet would be placed on medication to treat the underlying cause of the excessive urination.

  1. Understand Your Dog

It always helps to pay attention and get to know your pet to understand his or her behaviors. If the accident has been brought on by anxiety, figuring out its source would be needed to calm your dog. Knowing some of your pet’s triggers would enable you adequately create a comfortable environment for them. Also if your dog is one that suffers from chronic anxiety, it would help if you take the time to build confidence in your dog.

Really knowing your dog would also inform you about when there are physiological changes you need to be aware of. That way, you take the important measure of going to the vet.

  1. Consider Working with an Animal Behaviorist

If you are still unable to resolve the problem even after the vet has established that your dog is healthy and you have tried all previously mentioned tips, contacting an animal behaviorist may be worth trying. They would help you come up with routines to successfully put the behavior to an end.


So Does Your Dog Pee on Your Bed?

Having your pet always wet your bed is never a welcome development. It is completely far from that. No matter how much we love them, it is still disgusting – it is urine on your sheets, after all. It is a relieving thing to hear that this undesirable behavior can be fixed. Of course, knowing the exact cause of your dog peeing on your bed would be the first step to take. Determining whether it is a behavioral or medical issue would give you all the info you need to end it.

Observe your pet. Has he or she been properly housebroken? Are they anxious? Fearful? Do they seem like they are in pain or are they vomiting? These questions would give you an idea of what steps to take.

If it is related to your dog’s health, then a visit to your vet would need to be scheduled. If it has to do with their behavior, a few training and retraining techniques can be applied. If you are still at a loss, work with an animal behaviorist.



About David Huner

David Huner is a dog lover. Dog training has become a passion for him. With many years of experience he is here to share his tips and ideas. His goal is to provide exact dog training solutions. His favorite quote is "Train your dogs, enjoy your life and be happy"

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  1. Hi,

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. My dog has been peeing on my bed lately and I don’t know when it started. He’s a small Dalmatian.

  3. It’s going to be ending of mine day, however before end
    I am reading this impressive piece of writing to improve my knowledge.

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