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Why Does My Dog Pee On His Bed

Why does my dog pee on his bed!? This is undoubtedly a question that enters many dog owners’ mind at one point or another. And there can be a variety of reasons as to why your dog is doing this. Unfortunately, this challenge is more difficult to deal with than if a child was wetting the bed. And there’s more causes as to why it’s happening.

With children, an easy fix is to have them wear a diaper. Unfortunately, the same solution isn’t available for your pup. This means you have to get to the root of the cause by doing some investigative work to find out why it’s happening.

We’re going to cover the most common answers to the question, why does my dog pee on his bed? We’ll look at reasons why it might be happening when they’re awake as well as when they’re asleep. Depending on when they pee on their bed has dramatically different reasons.

There’s different causes for why your dog pees on his bed when he’s awake versus when he’s asleep. If he’s peeing on his bed while awake there’s a good chance it’s because of emotional reasons. If he does it while he’s asleep he likely needs medical attention to help remedy the situation.

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the more likely reasons your dog is peeing on his bed.

Reasons Why Your Dog Pees On His Bed When He’s Awake

A dog will typically do whatever they can to not go number 1 or 2 on their bed because of their instincts. They know the bed is their ‘den’ and they want to keep it as clean as possible. If he does end up going pee on his bed there’s something competing with his instincts and winning. Let’s take a look at what could be overriding his instincts.

Emotional Troubles

Your dog could pee on his bed because he’s experiencing fear, stress, anxiety or grief. These things can come to be for a variety of reasons such as, loud noises like thunder, fireworks, vacuum cleaners or nearby construction to name a few. It can also be because of separation from their owner, an unknown person being in their home, travel or isolation.

If your dog is emotionally upset they will go where they feel comfortable and this most commonly is their bed, their territory/den. However, since they’re feeling emotionally distressed they could lose control of their bladder and go to the pee where they normally wouldn’t.

It’s important to not punish them for this as this can cause more uncertainty for them and could end up spurring more accidents. The best thing to do is find out the root cause and help them get over the fear, stress or anxiety they’re feeling.

Reasons Why Your Dog Pees On His Bed While He’s Asleep

If your dog is wetting the bed while asleep there’s likely something more serious going on with the function of their body. Unlike with kids, who start out peeing the bed and is a natural part of growing up. With dogs it’s different. This isn’t a case of him needing to be better house-trained, it’s likely a health concern. Below we’ll list a few of the possible health concerns.

Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection (UTI) in dogs is very similar as with humans. They’re a byproduct of bad bacteria infecting the urinary tract. One symptom of a UTI is loss of bladder control. This is why a UTI could be the cause for your dog peeing on his bed.

It’s not likely that your pup is going against their house training which is a common thought when first noticing an accident. If they’re suffering from a UTI they won’t have the same ability to ‘hold it’ like they normally would. Unfortunately this leads to a soiled bed and a needed cleanup.

Thankfully a trip to the vet for some antibiotics can take care of this.


Incontinence takes place when a dog’s urethra muscles stop functioning properly. For a dog that isn’t experiencing incontinence, their urethra muscle will close (shut the pathway) automatically without thought. As a dog ages there’s a chance that the muscles in their urethra stop working as they should which causes pee to leak out involuntarily.

For this to be resolved, it will require a trip to the vet as well. 

Other Medical Challenges

There are a number of medical conditions that could cause your dog’s bladder control to become worse. Arthritis, kidney disease or failure, diabetes, and or a spinal cord issue, to name a few.

The causes for your dog to pee on his bed while he’s asleep are typically all progressive. Unfortunately, this means that there’s a problem that started up some time ago and is getting worse with time. It’s best to take him to a vet as soon as possible to get their view on the issue. This will help make sure your dog gets the attention he needs and do whatever you can to remedy their situation.

How To Prevent The Accidents From Continuing 

Based on when your dog is peeing his bed helps a lot in determining what is likely the issue. 

If it’s happening when they’re awake there’s likely something causing an emotional trigger. To prevent it from happening in the future you’ll have to do your best to keep them away from things that are scaring them. Whether it’s a new person in your home that they’re unfamiliar with, fireworks, vacuums and other loud noises, or separation anxiety.

The best way to help with the things causing them emotional distress is to calmly interact with them. The better you are at comforting/distracting them from the stimulus that’s causing them to emotionally pee the less you will find a soiled bed. A few examples of things you can do is speak to them in a low, calm voice, take them for a walk, play some relaxing music or spend time with them doing their favorite activity.

If none of these work after repeated effort it would be a good idea to take them to the vet to see what they suggest would help stop him from peeing on his bed.

If it’s happening while they’re asleep, there’s likely something more serious going on with their body. It would be a good idea to take them to the vet for a check up to make sure it’s nothing serious and get their advice on possible solutions. 

Final Thoughts

We hope this information has been helpful in answering your question of, why does my dog pee on his bed? The first step in solving any problem is figuring out what’s the root cause of the problem.

Whether it’s emotional, medical or territorial there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening again in the future. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion from your vet to make sure you’re solving this problem in the most effective way possible.

Alec Littlejohn

Founder and Reviewer at Pawscessories. He is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! He grew up in a family of vets and to this day he helps out around the family clinic and shares his learnings on Pawscessoires. Learn more about Alec's story here

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