Updated: September 16, 2012 6:05AM
Q. It’s been very hot. Our dog, Maggie, has been drinking lots, which is good. I take her out at night to do her last business, and then go to bed. But lately she has been going into the front bedroom and peeing sometime in the night. Anything we can do about that?
A. Middle-aged to elderly female dogs (would Miss Maggie qualify?) have troubles with bladder control. You should consult your veterinarian because Maggie could have some underlying medical cause. She may be drinking more water not because of the heat but because of other factors.
You should be optimistic, however, about the outcome. This indoor wetting could well be a transitory or treatable problem. Hey, there are diapers for such indiscretions. Also, thoroughly clean the area of the front bedroom where she goes with an enzymatic cleanser such as Nature’s Miracle or Simple Solution (available in pet stores or online). These cleaners rub out the identifying smells so dogs don’t feel compelled to return to the scene of the grime.
Q. I recently adopted a puppy, Biscuit, from a local rescue organization. She is 7 months old and sweet as can be. I have had no real issues, except for the jumping. She jumps on me when I come home from work and jumps on guests when they visit. I consulted a trainer who told me to ignore her when she jumps and praise her when she sits calmly. This pup may be young but she is already 65 pounds and I can’t quite ignore that, especially when she is jumping and knocking over my guests. How do I get her to stop jumping?
A. You must literally stand up to her, hold out your hand (not in a threatening way) and tell her to “sit.” When she does, give her a treat. You could then direct her to lie down for extra credit. Hold out your hand again and tell her to “stay.” When she stays, dole out another goody. Biscuit must be motivated by the desire to please you.
Instead of yelling at her and creating chaos around guests, you can put her in another room when company comes and bring her out quietly on a leash. If she tries to make a jump for it, go into the “sit and stay” routine. Always keep treats in your pocket to reward her during these puppy years for anything she does well. You want to constantly reinforce good behavior.