How To Stop A Dog From Peeing In The House
Having a dog can be one of the best feelings in the world. However, if you have a dog, chances are you have to deal with the annoying aspect of them peeing around the house.
But, while it is not a great time trying to figure out how to handle this issue, it’s altogether not such a hard hurdle to scale. With patience your dog can learn that your house is a no pee zone.
That said, you have to start off, figuring out the reason as to why your dog is peeing in the house.
This could be for a couple of reasons and we’ll be going through most of them while showing you great tips to overcome this particularly smelly problem.
Now if you happen to have a puppy it is actually quite normal for them to pee in the house.
Puppies, like babies, have no knowledge of where and when, which is probably why they keep peeing around the house.
They aren’t fully in control of their bodily functions and have to be trained and taught when and where to relieve themselves. This is called HOUSE TRAINING.
So basically, the idea is, once you bring your new puppy back to your home from the very first day, you have to put her through her paces.
That is to say, train your dog that while within your house, there shall be no soiling.
If you don’t go ahead to do this or you’re not as patient a teacher, chances are you’d end up with an untrained dog who pees everywhere.
And take it from us, you do not want your house to bear the stench of dog urine. There are steps to take when training your puppy and we’re going to show them as some do’s and don’ts.
How To Stop A Puppy From Peeing In The House
- Don’t physically hurt your puppy if they pee in your house. A sharp loud reprimand is all you need to get a dog’s attention if they are whizzing away.
It’s enough to startle which stops them urinating and sends a message that what they’re doing is wrong. Hitting your dog only serves to instill fear in them.
So does rubbing their noses in the waste. Immediately you startle them and they stop,take them outside so they can relieve themselves
- Do make sure to wipe up the urine once you find it. Dogs are very susceptible to smells and if you don’t clean up the urine completely, the smell simply sends the message to the puppy that that’s a perfect peeing spot.
- Don’t reprimand the dog if it’s peed in the house and you just found out. Dogs are mostly in the moment kind of animals.
So if you’re yelling at it, it can’t tell the reason why it is being reprimanded because what it did wrong happened a while back.
If this happens, just clean up the waste and if you’re feeling a little vindictive, a little time out in its crate should keep your inner demons down .
- Do try to be patient. It takes at least 12 weeks for a dog to be properly trained and it can sometimes take longer, so just hang in there. Just remember it’s much harder in the short run but is worth it further down the line
- Do plan feeding time with going outside . An essential for your dog, not just to not pee in the house but also to get them on a peeing schedule.
An easy way to do this is to plan feeding time with taking them out on walks immediately after
- Do get a crate or kennel. Dogs are instinctively wired to not soil their personal living spaces.
Using a crate or kennel helps limit the dog;s ability to roam and pee somewhere in the house. Just be sure not to leave them in for longer than 6 hours or they’d be inclined to relieve themselves.
So, those are the tips you’d need if you’re dealing with a puppy. Like most infantile creatures it’s much easier to get them to build habits at that level.
If you’re in the set of readers who actually have a puppy your job is quite simple.
Handling An Untrained Adult Dog
If, on the other hand, you happen to have a full grown dog that’s not been house trained, then things might be a little more complicated.
Now grown dogs that are not house trained happen to be common especially if you’re picking them up from a pound or shelter.
They obviously are still a bit raw. So, proper care has to be taken to ensure that not only do they learn not to pee in the house but that it also becomes a habit that sticks.
Now the training for an adult dog is very similar to how you house train a puppy. There are only a few more additions to the tips stated before.
How To Stop An Untrained Adult Dog From Peeing In The House
- Do make sure to keep an eye on your dog while house training. Be aware of early signs or indications that show that your dog is in need of relief.
Doing this ensures that you are well aware of when to take them out so that they can avoid accidents within the house.
Now all dogs aren’t the same, so they don’t all give off the same signs that they want to go.
Some might scratch or sniff at the door to let you know they want to go out and others might shuffle around in circles while sniffing and pawing.
You simply need to figure out what tell tale sign is your dog’s. Also, not all dogs give signs that they need to go out.
Some simply shuffle around for a while before taking a whiz in the house. If you happen to have a dog like that, you might want to think of installing a dog door.
- Don’t stretch out the training process. Use all the tips given together, cause the longer it takes for a dog to get house trained, the harder it is for the training to stick.
Dogs like most canines are habitual creatures. Once a habit has been formed it’s damn near impossible to break.
So make sure you’re not only patient but you’re actively putting the steps in.
Handling A Trained Adult Dog
Now that we’ve handled how to take care of puppies and untrained dogs, we can move on to grown trained dogs .
If you have a dog and you’ve had one for a while you probably know that accidents can happen. It’s expected.
But if your dog has been constantly peeing around, it tends to be quite aggravating. There are several reasons why that could be happening.
And as there are several reasons there are also solutions. Let’s take a look at them.
Reasons Why Trained Dogs Pee In The House And What To Do
Now, dogs are territorial animals which basically means they like their stuff to be theirs and no one else’s.
To claim ownership, they might pee on whatever object or area they deem theirs. They could be marking to remember a particular spot or to mark off territory belonging to them.
The latter is usually done in the presence of other animals to let them know not to come close. Dogs could also be pushed to mark due to anxiety.
What To Do
- Clean up marked positions completely. Dogs are inclined to repeat marking if they smell their marking positions.
This is so the position continues to bear their essence and, as such, continually belongs to them. Make sure to use a cleaner that completely eliminates any urine smell.
If this doesn’t help and your dog still pees in the same place then you have to alter his interest in that spot. Feeding her or playing with her in that spot could stop that.
- Confine your dog to his crate/kennel. Now if your dog happens to pee in the house regularly, a good way to get them to stop is to keep them in their crate.
Dogs naturally won’t soil where they live or eat. So, instinctively they’d be trained to hold it in for longer periods of time.
That way they can break the habit of marking spots in the house. Just don’t keep them contained for longer than 6 hours or they’d relieve themselves in their crate anyway.
- Introduce your guests. If you’re expecting guests or new residents within your space,your dog might be feeling threatened and marking territory to signify dominance.
If your friends are over, make sure to introduce them to your dog as well as making sure they participate in as many activities with the dog so as to create a sense of familiarity.
Dogs remember with a lot of factors. By bringing them in constant contact with a person in non threatening situations they learn to recognise said person and not then feel threatened
- Your dog might be peeing on furniture due to anxiety. If so, take it to the vet for the necessary check ups so as to regulate its reactions. Your vet will recommend some medication to deal with this.
- Positive Reinforcement. Dogs respond to positive feedback very well. Make sure to praise your dog when it pees in the right places.
Also offer him treats. This sends a message to your dog that he is doing the right thing and further boosts it’s subconscious to create a habit of doing this.
Medical issues could easily be the reason why your dog is peeing in the house. As most dogs grow old, their senses start to fail or slow down.
This leads to situations of dementia and senility as their memories and ability to recollect start to fade. An effect of this is actually accidents that cause your dog to pee in inappropriate places in the house.
The main idea is to take note of your dog as they grow older and notice any fall in responses or interactions on the dog’s part that could be the reason for your dog being unable to hold it in .
Signs that your dog could be suffering from urinary incontinence could be if while peeing your dog dribbles or leaks in a spatosic fashion.
Now, while incontinence is a normal common problem for older dogs, it is possible for a younger dog to suffer the effects of said incontinence while at a younger age.
That said, do not self diagnose. If you think your dog might be incontinent, take them to the vet.
Your vet should make the diagnosis, tell you why and prescribe medications.
Issues that could lead to this could be kidney stones or diabetes. Another catalyst that could be leading your dog to soil your home could be a situation of a urinary tract infection.
Urinary Tract Infection
This is a common medical issue amongst dogs and is most times the cause of unnecessary peeing by your dog within your house.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) happens to affect parts of the urinary system which in turn affects the host’s ability to urinate.
It is usually caused by bacteria present in the urinary system. Now, UTI usually affects the bladder and rarely affects the kidneys or ureters.
If your dog is affected with a UTI, strong indicators are blood in the urine and a strong odour.
Other indicators like dark coloured urine , constant peeing as well as peeing in small quantities generally show a positive chance that your dog is suffering from a UTI.
What To Do
If you suspect that your dog might be suffering from this you need to book an appointment with a vet for a checkup.
Now, if the results are positive, the first step would be to place your dog on antibiotics to fight bacteria.
If the doctor also finds cysts ( inflammation of the bladder) which usually accompanies UTI, your dog could also be placed on anti-inflammatory medication as well to deal with that.
It’s important to ensure that the medication is taken correctly and completed cause, if not, chances are the illness could repeat itself.
If after all that the symptoms still persist, your vet will offer other alternatives to follow through on.
If you’re dealing with an old dog. you might look to find easier alternatives to handle their soiling.
Some dog owners make use of dog diapers or make use of absorbent materials to line the dogs living space as well as areas the dog visits frequently.
It’s also advisable to involve your vet much more as your dog gets older. Some illnesses can be handled while in the early stages with the right medication and treatments.
Fear And Anxiety
Now sometimes your dog might pee when overly excited. Loud noises and tense situations might also be some scenarios that have shown to cause your dog to pee.
If this is true of your dog, they are probably exhibiting submissive or excitement urination. This is highly common in dogs that are fearful.
They get easily excitable which translates to a yellow puddle on your rug. Now, the reason submissive dogs pee in this situation is instinctive.
They sense a socially dominant figure and, in order to show weakness against this, they urinate.
It is quite common among rescue dogs. There are various ways to stop your dog from exhibiting this behaviour.
What To Do
- Try to interact with your dog in non-dominant positions so as not to frighten or intimidate him.
Motions like rubbing the top of the head should become scratching underneath it’s chin. Try not to loom over but come down to a lower position so he feels safe.
- If your dog pees, do not yell, scold or hit them. Simply clean it up and leave. But make sure to take them on walks so that they can find relief outside and make sure to praise and reward it for doing so.
Dogs respond more positively to praise than to reprimands. Doing this instills confidence within your dog while subconsciously training them not to soil your home.
What Else Can Be Done?
Now if you’ve gone through all this and it turns out your dog just happens to not fall into any of those categories, there are still steps you can pick out from each to help you deal with your dog’s soiling.
Repeat Your Dog’s House Training
The best way to deal with a dog peeing everywhere is to house break it. Putting dogs through the routines stated above to house train them reinforces already laid down habits.
Dogs are habitual animals and on the rare chance that your dog is behaving differently, putting him back through his normal routine should serve to return it back to his old habits.
Increase The Amount Of Potty Breaks.
Raising the number of times you take your dog out of the house daily helps to break the cycle of repeated urination within your house.
Just make sure to ensure that your dog lets out his bladder during these walks.
Praise! Praise! Praise!
Dogs are very responsive animals to positive reinforcement. If you heap praise on your dog, they genuinely remember such situations and associate them with positive feedback.
So when your dog does his business in the right places and exhibits good behaviour, always respond with heaps of praise and lots of treats.
Be well aware of your dog’s gestures and behaviour when he needs to relieve himself.
Doing this can allow you the chance to anticipate him peeing and take him out to relieve himself.
If you happen to notice when your dog is about to pee in the house make sure to stop them by grabbing their attention.
A sharp noise or gesture should be enough to shock them into stopping. The minute their attention is gotten, take them outside to where they take care of their business.
Reinforce the outside soiling behaviour by praising them and offering treats for doing the right thing.
Now a part of dealing with your dog peeing in your house is cleaning up the area that has been soiled so as to eliminate any trace of the pee from the area.
While this works to eliminate the pee as well as the smell from your home, completely erasing also reinforces to your dog that peeing there is bad. There are different ways to do this.
- The first thing to do is to make sure you get to it as fast as possible so it doesn’t dry up. Dry pee is much more complicated to clean than fresh urine.
Now if it happens to be fresh pee you simply need to wipe it with some absorbent clothing.
Make sure not to scrub it out but to blot so as not to have the pee soak into whatever surface. After doing this, use clear water to wipe it down again.
Now if, by chance, you happen to not get to the spot on time and the pee has dried, there is no reason to panic cause the spot can easily be dealt with. You simply have to take the right steps.
- First, make sure to clean up with an odour remover. If you’re a fan of home remedies, you can apply some baking soda on the spot for a few hours then wiping out with a mixture of water and vinegar.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide if you have some handy but make sure that the area in question is not affected by bleach staining
- If the smell doesn’t seem to leave the spot, perhaps you might need to call in professionals to handle this.
Dog pee does tend to leave a smell on absorbent surfaces like carpets. So, it might be better to leave the cleaning to people who are better prepared.
So we’re sure right now you’ve gotten the answers you need on how you can handle your dog’s bladder issues. You know the various reasons why your dog’s behaving the way he is and the steps to take to handle this.
Just remember your dog is sometimes not in control of his actions and it’s always a good idea to handle most problems with patience and love and everything would work itself out.