Why Does My Dog Pee On My Bed? What Does It Mean?

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(Last Updated On: May 24, 2023)

A dog peeing in their owner’s bed is actually a pretty common problem among owners. I myself have had this problem, and it’s frustrating because it’s uncomfortable to have a wet mattress! Not to mention it’s super gross.

It’s also annoying because it has happened more than once, and flipping the mattress has become quite tedious. Why Does My Dog Pee On My Bed? Dog peed on bed? Read on for the possible reasons and to know how to properly deal with it.

Reasons Why My Dog Pees On My Bed

Because Of Your Scent

This is a plausible reason why your dog peeing on bed. You may also notice other behavior such as chewing your dirty underwear or socks. They do it because it smells like you.

The explanation of this is because they’re trying to hide their own scent with yours. In the wild, dogs tend to hide their scent in order to protect themselves from predators.

Your puppy might be more likely to do this because younger dogs have more reason to be careful. Since you are their guardian and they view you as the protector, they will want to mask their own scent with yours.

No better place to do this than your bed which smells a lot like you.

A Sign Of Submissiveness

This reason is actually a bit funny. Though of course that does not negate the problem entirely. Dogs that are considered as “submissive eliminators” tend to pee a lot as a sign of submissiveness.

Overly submissive dogs can urinate for just about any reason. Maybe you entered the room, they’re excited, they’re scared, or anything of the sort.

It may seem strange, but their pee is a sign of respect. So watch out if it tends to squat every time they see you enter the room. This may be a sign of being a submissive eliminator. Luckily, puppies can usually outgrow this behavior over time.

Feeling Vulnerable

This occurs right after your pet gets scolded or left alone. You may even assume that it urinated on your bed as a retribution for getting reprimanded.

Then you back up this assumption with the fact that your dog is sporting a look of ‘guilt’. The truth is it is afraid because of getting scolded and/or being left alone. Urinating in your bed helps it feel less vulnerable and so it does it.

Urinary Tract Infection

If your dog has just gone out to urinate and then wees on your bed a few minutes later, you can bring them to a vet to rule out having a urinary tract infection.

Dogs that have it can wee frequently as a symptom. A urinary tract infection must be treated as soon as possible because your pet can be feeling discomfort and pain if they do have one.


Meanwhile, if your dog tends to mark around, you can use allergy dog wipes as a natural solution to keep them clean. These wipes are specifically designed to help alleviate allergies and dry skin in dogs. They contain oatmeal, aloe vera, and witch hazel, which are gentle on the skin and can reduce itchiness, inflammation, and soothe damaged skin. These wipes are an ideal choice for pet owners who want to maintain their furry friend’s healthy skin without using harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.

If your dog is male, then he is probably doing the standard thing all male canines do: marking his territory.

If they are weeing in a lot of places with very little amounts, then this is one of the most likely explanations. This would most likely start when it is in its adolescence and only increases as it matures.

Not Properly Housebroken

Your dog may be urinating on your mattress for this very simple reason: they’re not properly housebroken and are not certain where they can and cannot do their business.

Unless you have properly taught your canine the proper boundaries, your pup will only wee wherever and whenever because you may not have establish the rules.


It will be more likely to urinate on the mattress if it’s anxious. For example, if it is scared of thunderstorms or fireworks, it may seek comfort by going to your mattress.

If they get any more anxious than they already are, then they might urinate on the mattress. Dogs have different causes for anxiety, so it would take you knowing its triggers better to determine whether or not it is caused by anxiety.

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Old Age

Older dogs can become incontinent. Which means that they will have trouble holding in their urine.

If this happens and they’re a frequent resident on your bed, then they might accidentally end up peeing in it.

What To Do When My dog peed on bed?

Keep Them Off

Of course, this would seem like the most obvious solution. And it’s actually quite foolproof if you think about it. If your dog can’t get on your mattress, then they can’t pee on it. I know this is a little hard for those of you who like cuddling with it in bed or just like lounging on it with them.

But unless you want to spend more time flipping over the mattress and tolerating the smell of pee on your mattress, you should keep them off. Close the door to your room if you’re going to leave your dog unsupervised.

Give your dog a safe space of their own, maybe their own crate so that they can stay there and rest. Once they feel comfortable there, they wouldn’t want to stay with you in your bed anymore. Just resist the temptation to let them on it again, even if they give you those adorable puppy eyes.

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Proper Housebreaking

This will benefit you more in the long run, so take some time to properly train it on where they can and cannot wee. It may take quite some time from your schedule in the beginning, but it will be well worth it in the end. This way, they’re not going to be confused anymore and will know when and where they can wee, and any more accidents will be avoided.

Set a schedule that you can stick to when you feed your canine and then let them out to do their business.

Reward them accordingly if they wee in the right place. Soon they will associate doing the right thing with the treats and will continue doing it from then on.

Once the routine is set, you can also be familiar with your dog’s body clock and will know approximately when they have to urinate.

Keep Things Clean

If your dog can still smell their urine from their previous encounters with your bed, the more likely they will be to do it again. Try cleaning up your mattress with a special pet odor eliminator, and wash your sheets regularly.

Dog snoring reasons?

Know Your Dog

If your dog is anxious, then it’s a matter of knowing what sets them off. Dog peeing on bed? You can even ask your vet about giving your dog some prescriptions for their anxiety to reduce any anxiousness that your pet will feel. If your dog is set off by fireworks, knowing that a holiday is coming up means that you can prepare to comfort your dog and make them feel as safe as possible.

So Why Does My Dog Pee On My Bed? I know it’s annoying to find out your dog peed on bed! Hope you managed to find some possibilities and tackle the problem!


  • Tyler says:

    My puppy is 4 months old and I he has been sleeping in my bed at night for a few weeks now with no accidents. I don’t give him any water 2 hours before we lay down to go to bed (around 10-10:30). One night he peed in my bed, I discovered it the next day. The next night I left a comforter on the floor and left his crate open for him to sleep on/in. For a while he tried to get on my bed and I told him to go to bed and pointed in the direction of the comforter and he finally went to go lay down on the comforter and within minutes he was asleep. Around 2:30am I woke up to him licking himself. Then he came back to bed to try to get up. I caved and let him come up on my bed and as soon as he got up on my bed he peed so of course I put him back down on the floor. He then he proceeded to pee on the floor. While I cleaned the floor I went to check the comforter which was covered in pee. So I put him his crate. Why did he all of a sudden start peeing in my bed? And now his “new” bed (the comforter)? (P.S. he’s previously peed in his dog beds before when he was younger)

  • Sam Milton-white says:

    My dog is coming up to 9years old, I have had him since he was 3. I have a 16 month old baby now, she loves him but he is not too keen as he has started to growl when on my nans lap and tonight I found my bed very wet. Is there any chance he has done this because of my baby and he is jealous I am not giving him as much love as I did. Any advice or tips to stop him would be grateful. Many thanks in advance.

  • Kati Z says:

    Just got my four month old Westie puppy a week ago. She never pees inside the house except on my bed/ carpet (not the downstairs carpet). I think she is trying to hide her scent with mine. Therefore, I have started to kennel train her at night and she does not pee the kennel. I keep her kennel in my room, she will bark if she needs to go in the middle of the night while in the kennel. I have not fully house trained her yet. My questions are A) will she stop trying to hide her scent with my scent in a few months of house training. B) once she is house trained, will I be able to cuddle her in bed at night or will she continue to think my bed is a pee palace?
    I use pee eliminator/ repellent on the carpet and wash my sheets, comforter, and mattress pad but she still loves my bed more than outside.

  • Amanda P says:

    I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers… My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

  • Amanda says:

    My beagle is 8 months old and he has peed on my bed 3 times in the past month and I’m just confused as to why he’s doing it. He’ll be settling down for bed and scratching up the blankets and then instead of laying down where he scratches, he pees. What do I do about this?

  • My female Chihuahua puppy is 11months old. She is both trained to go pee outside & puppy pad trained. Not often but enough to be a problem she will pee on my bed & the last time she peed on my bed she peed on it with me sitting on the bed so close that the pee got on me as well. We do have another female dog that plays with my 11month old puppy on the bed during the day. My 11month old dog also sleeps in my bed with me. So now that you know all of this can you help me with finding out why she pees in my bed at times & what can I do about it? She also pees with excitement at times no matter where she may be. Is this related to her bed peeing. Please help if you can because I am at a lose of what to do & why she does this.

  • Angela says:

    My Dog Hunter, 6 years old now has started to pee whenever we left him alone in the house. This started to happen when my family travelled 2 months back, we couldn’t take him along so my sister and her husband, who has been living just around the corner of our house took care of him. They told us that he didn’t want to sleep in their house so everynight they took him in my house just for that. And when we returned home, I found that he had peed in my bed. And after that Everytime we left him alone in the house, even for 2-3 hours only he would pee in my bed, on my brother’s and my mother’s also. And then these past month it has stopped, his behaviour stopped but then yesterday and today.. it happened again, but this time he did it when my mother came home from work, he(my dog) was so excited, jumping around, crying and begging for treats( my mom sometimes brought home some treats for him) and then after all that happened after my mom entered her room my dog then goes to my room and relieved on my bed. I don’t know what to do now. Also I walked him thrice a day, 30-45 mins in the morning, around 15 mins in the evening and 5 mins before sleep time. Can it be anxiety? Please help.

  • Julie says:

    My dog is going to be 2 she’s a female not fixed yet and I just shampooed my carpet in my bedroom and washed all my bedding and she jumps up on my bed and started peeing I yelled for her to stop and she keep peeing could it be because my cat just passed away but passed on the bedroom floor not on my bed I’m just in shock I can’t believe she did this any info would be greatly appreciated

  • Krissy says:

    My husky puppy is 11 weeks old and pretty much house broken,but he only pees in my room and twice on my bed..he leaves my son’s room alone..he is always by my side when I’m home.but now I have to leave him out of my room,for said reason.

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