A few months ago I wrote a post expressing love for my dog Missy. I’ve had her for over four years, and she is a joy most of the time.

Missy has full access to my house except for my bedroom. Although she is a very energetic dog, she doesn’t interfere with my stuff except for socks. She is a sock bandit. If I dare leave socks in my sneakers, she buries them under the mango tree.

On Sunday, I noticed that my first bedroom smelt pungent of dog odor. I was too lazy to mop, so I postponed it for later. Big mistake. What I smelt was actually dog urine. Missy peed on my mattress.

I keep a spare mattress in the front bedroom. I should have thrown it out early this year, when I bought a new one to replace it. I kept it so that I could throw it on the living room floor to sleep or watch TV (the new one is really heavy). Ever since I was a child, I liked sleeping on the living room floor. It was like camping to us kids. Now that I am an adult, I sleep in the living room almost as much as I sleep on my bed.

How do I discipline Missy for something like that? I won’t hit a dog, and I’d feel really stupid quarreling with her, after the fact.

Should I count this incident as isolated? She has not peed in the house for years.

What if she does it again? I can’t let her pee anywhere she pleases.


  1. kiel says:

    Hmm, this is usually a new puppy behaviour, maybe she’s trying o get attention when an adult dog does that. Well don’t feel bad quarreling, because they understand the masters language very well. I disciplined my pup Bentley recently on pooping on the living room area, by giving him light but firm strokes (3 is enough) and he no longer does it.


  2. Allison says:

    Has the behavior occurred again? It could have been an attempt by Missy to get attention, but it could also have been a sign of something wrong.

    When our foster dog wet our bed, something he normally doesn’t do, it ended up being a sign he was sick. Same thing for when our first cat started to defecate outside of her litter box.

    Misbehavior by pets is often a way of telling their humans something. Problem is, trying to figure out what they’re trying to communicate. 🙂



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