Our 3 year old Rottweiler started suddenly soiling the house
Our neutered Rottweiler is fully house trained and had undergone extensive dog training. He is a real gem and we love him to bits.
Suddenly he started now to soil the house, at times even in front of us, other times he comes and lets us know that he needs to go and we let him out. At times it seems like he cannot keep it in and need to urinate or defecate on the spot.
He suffered a stomach upset a few weeks back and was taken to the vet but this has cleared up completely, furthermore he had operations on both of his knees and has had plates fitted at the beginning of 2010 , again he had the best bionic surgeon in the country. He recovered very well from it and even the surgeon was impressed.
Every time when he soils and this can be up to ten times a day, we clean it up without saying anything to him. Our Rottweiler shows guilty behaviour after he has done it.
His exercise is as usual and he walks without any problem. He eats and drinks normal on a daily basis. We tried to take the water away from 18:00 onwards so no urination can take place during night time but without success. We even took him into our bedroom to sleep along side us but soiling did not stop either.
Could you suggest what else we could do or what it could be why he has this sudden onset of soiling in the house?
We would be thankful for any suggestions, thank you.
I'm not a veterinarian so anything I say is purely my opinion, but from what you say is sounds as though this is something that your dog simply can't help. I doubt it's a housebreaking issue, although if there have been any big changes in his life recently or any major stresses, it's possible that this is to blame. Personally I think it's more likely due to some type of health problem, but only our veterinarian can make an accurate diagnosis.
I strongly recommend that you get your Rottie to your veterinarian and explain what is going on. This isn't normal at all, and it could be that although it appears that the tummy upset has cleared up it in fact hasn't!
I'm not sure what caused the stomach problem, but sometimes a course of treatment needs to be repeated to make sure that all is well, particularly with parastic infections. The fact that he is having these problems with both his urine and feces is a bit more unusual in terms of a tummy upset, but it's possible he has a urinary tract infection as well. Or it could be a nerve problem or something else. Your vet will be able to figure out what is happening and hopefully get him back on track.
I can imagine how frustrating and upsetting this must be for all of you (including your Rottweiler who obviously knows that this isn't what he's supposed to do but can't control his elimination) but you are handling it the right way by not scolding him and trying to find out what is causing the problem. It shows how much you love him and want to help and he's a lucky boy because not all owners are as far-sighted.
Get him to your vet as soon as you can so that you can get to the bottom of this and get your lives back to normal. I wish you lots of luck and hope he's feeling much better soon.