How To Stop My Dog From Peeing On My Bed (+Puppies)

One of the most frustrating things that can happen as a pet parent is dealing with a dog that pees on the bed. Not only is it a gross mess to clean up, but it can also be tough to figure out how to get your pup to stop.

Possible Reasons Your Dog Pees on Your Bed

How to stop my dog from peeing on my bed
Your dog may pee on your bed due to territorial behavior, anxiousness, medical issues, age, and more.

There are a few possible reasons why your dog might be peeing on your bed, so it is important to try and figure out what the root cause is before you can start solving the problem.

Once you know why your dog is doing it, you can start working on some solutions.

Here are some possible reasons why your dog might be peeing on your bed.

Read our related article, How to Get Dog Pee Out of Car Seats. If your dog pees in your car, all is not lost! Check out this handy guide.

They’re not getting enough exercise

If your dog isn’t getting enough exercise, they might start looking for other ways to release their energy. Peeing on your bed might be one way that they’re trying to let you know that something is wrong.

If you think that might be the root cause of the problem, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise every day. Try taking them for a long walk or playing with them more often.

They’re anxious or stressed

Dogs can get stressed out for several reasons. If your dog is feeling anxious or stressed, he or she might start peeing on your bed as a way to relieve that tension.

If you think this might be the case, try doing some things to help your dog relax. Make them feel more comfortable in their environment by providing them with a cozy bed or crate, and make sure they have plenty of toys to play with.

They’re marking their territory

Dogs sometimes pee on things as a way to mark their territory and show that it belongs to them. Your dog may pee on your bed to show you that it is his or her own space.

In that case, it is important to assert yourself as the leader of the pack and make it clear that the bed is not for urinating.

You can do this by using a product like an enzyme cleaner to clean up any accidents, and by making sure you always put your dog in their bed or crate when it’s time for them to sleep.

How To Stop My Dog From Peeing On My Bed


First, make sure that your dog is properly potty-trained. If your dog is not properly potty-trained, start with these techniques.

If your dog has been properly potty-trained for a while but has suddenly started peeing on your bed, there could be another reason. Check their diet, exercise routine, or environment for changes that could be causing them stress.

Consult Your Dog’s Veterinary

If you’ve eliminated those potential reasons and your dog is still peeing on your bed, consult with your veterinarian to see if there could be a medical issue causing the behavior.

Consistent in training

Whatever the cause is, it’s essential to be consistent with your training and discipline. If you catch your dog in the act of peeing on your bed, scold them firmly and take them outside to their designated potty spot immediately.

Reward them for going in the right spot. And continue to monitor their behavior closely until the issue is resolved.

Invest in a waterproof mattress protector

This is a great way to protect your mattress from accidents, and if you have a washable protector, you can just throw it in the washing machine whenever it needs cleaning.

Clean up accidents immediately

If your dog does have an accident on your bed, it’s important to clean it up right away. Dogs are attracted to the scent of their urine, so if you leave it on the bed, they’re more likely to pee there again.

Use an enzyme cleaner specifically designed for pet stains to remove the odor completely.

Try using a crate

If your dog is crate trained, they may be less likely to pee on your bed if they know that’s where they’re supposed to go to the bathroom.

Crate training can be a little tricky, so if you need some help, check out this resource that can walk you through the process.

Read our related article on How to Keep Dogs Off Beds. This quick guide will help you solve the peeing problem by keeping your dog off of your bed entirely!


Bonus Material

How to stop my dog from peeing on my bed
Consistent training can change your dog’s behavior.

Getting more clean water

Oddly enough, you can help to correct your dog’s peeing behavior by making sure he or she is getting enough water. Dehydration can sometimes cause dogs to urinate more frequently than normal.

Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water and change the water bowl regularly to keep it clean.

Urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and diabetes are all conditions that can lead to dogs wetting the bed.

If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from one of these health issues, take him or her to the vet for an examination.

If you are consistent with these tactics, you should see a decrease in your dog’s bed-wetting behavior in no time. Remember to be patient and remain calm during the training process. Getting frustrated will only make the problem worse.

Avoid punishment if your dog has an accident.

Yelling or hitting will only serve to confuse and scare your dog, and will not solve the underlying problem.

If you catch your dog in the act, calmly interrupt him with noise (e.g., a clap) and take him outside to finish. Then praise him for going in the right spot.

How to clean a bed after Your dog has peed

There are a few things you can do to clean the bed after your dog has peed and prevent future accidents.

First, it’s important to remove as much of the urine as possible. This means using a cleaner that will break down the urine and remove the odor.

There are many commercial cleaners available specifically for this purpose. Alternatively, you can use a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water.

Once the bed is clean, be sure to keep it from getting peed on again. You can use a waterproof cover or keep the bed in a room that your dog does not have access to.

If your dog does have access to the bed, keep a close eye on her and interrupt her when she tries to pee on the bed. If you catch her in the act, say “no” and take her outside immediately.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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