Charlie is an American Pit Bull Terrier. We found him in Charles town, WV in 2011. He is what some call a West Virginia trunk dog. He was in very poor condition when we found him and needed immediate medical attention. He was about a year old and only 23 pounds, now he is a healthy 45. It turns out that Charlie was being used for dog fighting.
Charlie has a multitude of behavioral issues; some have been resolved (or resolved enough that we can handle it). When he first came home he was not potty trained or crate trained. He had horrible anxiety relating to food and separation. He would get into anything and everything resulting in several trips to the vet and so much money down the drain I’m afraid to add it all up (shoes, books, tv remotes, coffee table, couch, rugs, door trim ect.). He was also aggressive with people that he did not see on a regular basis. We had him with a trainer for a while to help with the aggression and it has gotten much better.
The real problem we are left with now is that he still urinates in the house. He has no medical issues and he knows that he should not go in the house; he will even ask to go outside if we are in the room with him. He is walked frequently and does not lack for attention. His separation anxiety has gone way down, so I don’t know if that still plays a factor. Here is what I do know: He will pee anywhere and everywhere in the house: carpet, hardwood, rugs, table legs, playpen, clothes (he even peed on my sisters bed once). He does not favor one area over another. He will pee even if left for a short amount of time and was walked right before we left. Sometimes he will look me dead in the eye and pee right in front of me (not often). He knows that he can go out whenever he asks, but still chooses to pee inside.
On days where we leave him to go to work we tried crating him but he has broken out of every cage we bought. It got to the point where he was hurting himself (he would push the metal with his face and cut himself and even chipped a tooth). Then we tried to confine him to the spacious laundry room (he can pee in there all he wants and I wouldn’t mind cleaning it up), but he would chew at the door and trim, further harming himself and our home. In our old house we would gate him to the basement rooms and he was like Houdini, somehow getting out even if we used a gate that went seven feet high. Finally I have given up and let him stay in our living area, which he loves bc it has a big comfy chair (called Charlie’s chair) and we spend most of our time in there with him. It is carpeted and he pees in there probably at least once a day. I can’t even find where the pee is half of the time. We have gotten the carpet cleaned, but it was a waste of money bc he just continues to pee. The room smells horrible and we can hardly spend 5 minutes in there without wanting to cry. We reluctantly got him a prescription for a small dose of Prozac about six months ago; it’s helped with the aggression and anxiety, but not with the urination.
What do I do? Any sane person would probably have given this dog up years ago, but I love him. He is the smartest (like take over the world smart), most loving dog and I would rather my house smell like piss then give him up, but I’m hoping someone out there has some suggestions.
Thank you, Kate
P.S. Charlie is neutered.