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Pee Circles

Dear Bailey,

Our min-pin sneaks into the other room and goes to the bathroom in a huge circle if we are not paying attention to him.

Does this mean that he is not potty trained, or is he doing this out of spite?

Sincerely,

Jesi and Daniel Holmes


Bailey's Reply:

Dear Jesi and Daniel,

In a huge circle? Wow, sounds very Feng Shui of him. Maybe he's trying to increase the flow of chi in your home. Or rather, he's got a great flow of pee… Oh, I couldn't resist! I'm kidding, of course.

Is this spiteful? Nah, dogs don't think like that. The great thing about us dogs is that we live in the moment- the NOW.

The chances are more likely that he's not fully housetrained. Dogs will eliminate where they've gone before, so it could be a reason why he's going back into a specific room to urinate.

Remember, don't punish him if he makes a mistake; that will only encourage him to go potty where you won't see him do it. Take a look at our article about housetraining. It has a pretty comprehensive plan on how to fully housetrain your dog.

Keep me posted on your progress!

Woof!

Bailey


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