A string of "accidents" after we moved:

My little corgi, Gordon, has recently started having potty accidents in the house. Since I initially potty-trained him, he has always been very good about waiting to go outside, but since we've moved to a new apartment, he's been having accidents in the house. 

These accidents have not been happening constantly, maybe once or twice a week, but they aren't at reasonable times (like when I have a seven or eight hour shift at work) but when I am home and have recently taken him out to potty. 

Gordon will turn a year old this June. Since I've had him, I've moved a couple of times, and he seems pretty content in the new place, besides the potty issues. This is the first time that we've lived in a place where he is the only pet. (Previously I've had a roommate with another corgi and a pit bull, respectively.)

I'm not sure if this new peeing inside behavior is because he's trying to lay claim to the new apartment, as this is the first time he's been the dominant dog, or if he's just testing me because he's almost a year old. To my further annoyance, he's not peeing on the hardwood floors, but instead, lifting his leg onto things, e.g. a guitar case, a mop.... 

What are some tips on discouraging this behavior? 

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Comment by Leah Radecki on May 8, 2013 at 6:42pm

We've moved several times since I've gotten him, so I'm positive that he knows the difference between inside and outside (An incident involving his first experience with live Christmas trees aside....) When I'm gone, I put him in a run I have set up in apt. My main beef with Gordon is that he's been doing this when I am at home. I, of course, take him out regularly. Because of all that, I'm pretty sure it's not a biological problem, or a misunderstanding of the rules. 

@Bev, he hasn't been neutered. I plan on his having the operation and getting micro-chipped next month. I've only held off because I'm nervous about trying a new vet for that sort of procedure, but he's almost a year old, it's time.

Comment by Priss, Charlie & Kaylee (PK) on April 27, 2013 at 12:41am

You may have to re-start the housetraining when moving to a new place. He may simply not recognize your new apartment as an inside, no-potty place. I would suggest confining him to a small place or the room you are in, frequent trips to a single spot to potty, and perhaps a mild scolding if you catch him in the act.

Comment by Bev Levy on April 26, 2013 at 7:56pm

Has he been neutered?

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