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I got her from the humane society at 2 years old. She gets taken out right before I leave or go to bed and yes she goes when outside. Right after I leave or go to sleep she pees and I can hear her drinking it up. She urinates in her dog bed and licks it up. She has a whole bedroom to herself. Vet has checked her and no medical conditions. She is 4 now and still doing it. Any help?

I have scolded her by yelling "potty outside" and take her out. She has separation problems. I just don’t know how she was trained by the previous owner. Was she trained by potty pads in the house? Because I’m going that route right now. When they come in the mail I’m gonna see if that helps. If not she needs to be on anxiety meds then. I don’t hit my dogs but I have no problem yelling at them. She does not care if I yell she walks away with an attitude.

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This is clearly a stress / anxiety related problem and any kind of scolding or yelling is only going to make it worse.

Urinating is a dogs natural response to very exciting or very stressful situations. Puppies often urinate when they are too excited to see someone, adults do it for example to show submission and deescalate a fight.

You already identified 2 triggers (going to bed and leaving the house) that stress your dog so much she starts peeing even though she just did her buisness outside and she knows it's inappropriate. That's why she drinks the urine after, to remove the evidence. If you yell at her in such situations, you only increase the stress and make her feel even worse, because now she learns that your going to bed not only causes her fear, but also makes you yell.

First of all you should wash her bedding very thoroughly, even with an enzype cleaner if possible. That removes the smell of urine that triggers her to pee in that spot over and over again.

Next you could try 2 potty breaks before going to bed. One at the regular time you always go, and then another just before she usually pees in her bed. Praise her very much (with words and/or a treat) if she pees again during the 2nd break.

Potty pads are a good idea to contain the mess, but they just treat the symptom, not the cause.

The cause is the anxiety and insecurity of your dog and treating that is a very hard and long process. A mild medication can definitely help, but will not be the cure alone. I suggest you use the service of a professiona dog trainer. Make sure they are competent to work with anxiety problems and not just a personal puppy school.

Here's a list of articles that hopefully help you treat your dogs seperation anxiety:
Separation Anxiety Solution by CattleDog Publishing
Here’s the Only Real Way to Train a Dog with Separation Anxiety by The Dog People
Dealing With Dog Separation Anxiety by cesarsway

Try different approaches and see what your dog reacts best to.

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My dog used to do this for a while, teach her that this is wrong and punish her. I do not mean abuse, but don’t talk or play with her when you see her doing this. Shout at her and give her silent treatment for like 2 hours. Deny all her playing requests for that time, just teach her this behavior is wrong.

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  • I have scolded her by yelling potty outside and take her out. She has separation problems. I just don’t know how she was trained by the previous owner. Was she trained by potty pads in the house? Because I’m going that route right now. When they come in the mail I’m gonna see if that helps. If not she needs to be on anxiety meds then. I don’t hit my dogs but I have no problem yelling at them. She does not care if I yell she walks away with an attitude. – Tanya Renee May 12 at 4:11
  • From what I have read I am understanding from her very small stature (36 pounds) and behavior she may have came from a puppy mill. Like I said I didn’t get her until she was 2 so I have no clue. My yelling does not phase the dog, it is more a tantrum. She is a VERY confident dog. – Tanya Renee May 13 at 0:27

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