Behaviour - Terrified of Storms
by Judy Werner
(Cedar Hill, TX)
Teddy was around 2 when I rescued him; history totally unkown.
When he is anxious, especially thunderstorms, he will urinate on a wall, table, corner, cabinet, often returning to the same spot. I have tried every response: yelling, pulling him to where the puddle is (I do not hit or put his nose in it),praising when he pees outdoors, crating him (he tore his way out of the crate, ruining it) etc.
About 6 months ago (he is now 4), he started peeing on the carpet, then backing up about 2 feet and scraping his nose toward the puddle until his nose actually bleeds. It looks like a bizarre sun, with the yellow puddle in the middle and red, bloody "rays" surrounding it.
He is in weekly dog training 36 out of every 52 weeks and has passed CGC, CGCA, and TDI, and is now a registered therapy dog. He is sweet, quiet and smart, but this behavior is baffling, not to mention what it is doing to my home's interior. He has never peed in the car or our RV, nor has he peed in family homes when he visits. Thus, it seems directed at me and my loved one.
My vet says he is fine and suggested I try the internet, etc: all to no avail.
I am at wits end!