Imagine this situation: You get home after a stressful day at work or school and notice a guilty-looking face. Then you look around, and there is an evidence that your dog has peed on the carpet. It might be very annoying and frustrating, particularly when you have devoted a lot of time and efforts house training him.
In these cases, it is important to stay as collected, cool, and calm as possible. Dogs peeing in the house is probably one of the most common issues that many owners have to deal with every day. Sometimes, that would be the signs of some mental or physical problems in your pets. In this post, we will show you some possible causes of this accident as well as how to house train your dog step by step to become a nicer friend.
7 reasons why dogs pee in the house
Here are 7 common reasons why your dog would pee in the house:
1. Submission or fear
Submissive urination could be seen in any ages of dog, although it is most common in puppies. It might basically be triggered by either a dog owner or a stranger when they reach for, lean over or scold the pooch.
Therefore, it is necessary that you should not scold your dog whenever you catch him in this act simply because this form of punishment would make him believe that peeing in front of the owner is bad. As a result, he might turn to the sofa or bed to carry on his business.
To avoid these accidents and lessen the anxiety of your dog, you should try to ignore his bad behavior and reward him for a good act. In other words, whenever he relieves himself outside and does the correct task, you need to use a high-yield reward like praise or food.
2. Improper house training
Usually, a lot of dog owners believe that their dogs are house-trained fully, but this is not actually true. Once a dog is truly trained, he should not pee in the house unless there is a physical problem. In other words, if your pooch was not taught formally that outside is the only proper place for urination, it is not fair at all to expect him to urinate outside only.
In these cases, you should ignore his act and go back to some house-training steps. For example, you could use a crate to confine your pooch or restrain him in a small place in the house.
3. Practical issues
If you give your pet water all the time and do not allow him to pee, it is likely to notice these occasional accidents. It is essential that you think in this situation practically. In fact, you do not need to prepare a large bowl of water for him all day long. And also make sure that he would be allowed to go outside. In case you are not going to stay at home all day, it is recommended to hire a professional dog sitter or walker. By doing that, your carpet will be fine!
4. Urinary incontinence
There are some medical problems that would lead to a sudden incontinence in your puppy such as prostate diseases, diabetes, kidney issues, and Cushing’s disease. As such, it is necessary to rule out any medical problems before your start to address a potential behavioral sign. In most cases, your veterinarian will prescribe some types of treatment that would resolve the particular medical concern. In general, urinary incontinence is often a common problem in older dogs. And when it could not be medically treated, it is wise to give your dog diapers.
5. Hormonal changes
When a female dog becomes older, you would start to see that she will have more accidents, which are the results of hormonal changes happening in her body. Fortunately, there are several medications that your veterinarian could prescribe to deal with this specific issue. For a male dog, you could address this problem by having your pooch neutered.
6. UTI – Urinary tract infection
UTI is one of the most common causes of peeing indoors in dogs. Because UTI is quite prevalent, they are actually not a major reason for concern. Nevertheless, it still requires preventive medical intervention. When your dog experiences a UTI, a vet could choose to clear it up or prescribe antibiotics.
7. Territorial marking
Territorial marking is another potential cause for indoor urination in dogs. While it is not quite common for a pooch to mark indoors deliberately, it definitely can occur frequently – particularly when he considers any new things as a threat to his status in the house. This threat would be anything from a new piece of furniture or even a new friend stopping by.
In general, basic training might lower the chance of territorial marking, while these marking behaviors should subside. In addition, pups who have been already neutered are less likely to pee for their territory.
How to stop your dog peeing in the house
In general, early neutering in dogs would help prevent marking behavior in most breeds of dog. For older pets, neutering might still have the expected impact but marking indoors would have become an ingrained habit that you will need to break by applying supervision technique below.
Many studies have proved that neither duration of the issue behavior or age at neutering time plays a role in the possibility that a behavior would change after neutering. Therefore, you do not need to be worried that it is too late to neuter your dog as a male pooch has engaged in marking problems or aggressive behaviors for years.
Testosterone probably plays an important role in marking urine in dogs. And neutering your pooch at any ages will, of course, help prevent this problem. In fact, it could not ensure that neutering will magically cure this issue but if not, the chances of breaking your dog’s habit would be reduced greatly.
2. Supervising and breaking the habit
You should catch your dogs in the act simply because they learn from this really quickly.
It is necessary to supervise your pooch closely as well as be consistent and dedicated to prevent his marking behaviors. Several weeks of intense correction and supervision could save you a lot of time trying to figure out a quick solution to the issue. Some dog owners have reported that by applying intense supervision technique, it only takes them 1 or 2 days.
To do this, you need to confine the pooch to a particular area of your house where you could watch him. For example, you can close the doors to other places or barricade him with a baby gate.
3. Make a shaker bottle or a shaker can
A shaker can is basically an empty soft drink can with a couple of coins inside. The opening should be taped over to keep the coins from flying out. This can is able to make a lot of noises when you are shaking it up and down.
On the other hand, a shaker bottle is generally a plastic container with several coins or small pebbles inside. Watch your pooch for any symptoms (such as circling or sniffing) that he is thinking of urinating. When he starts to lift, the leg will shake the can and get his attention. This loud noise should surprise and interrupt what he is doing. When he looks to where the sound has come from, you should give him a command: “No Pee” with a stern voice. In several cases, throwing a can in the general direction would also work well but keep in mind not to hit him with this because you only need to surprise him, not do harm to him.
After stopping him peeing one time. Now you need to be diligent and consistent, then keeping up with the behavior modification every time you notice a marking behavior of your dog. Never smack, rave, or rant your dog at any time as punishment would make an insecure pet more insecure.
4. Praise when your dog pees at correct places
Do not forget to praise your pooch whenever he pees in a proper area. If you are not at home and he urinates on a tree or other appropriate areas or object, tell your dog how good he is with a happy tone. In general, a dog learns quickly from a positive response to his behavior. The message that you are trying to deliver to your dog is that peeing is not bad at all, but that peeing inside the house is not a good behavior to perform.
To sum up, the keys to success in stopping your pet from peeing in the house are discipline and patience. By reading and following our techniques, we promise that you will make it in a short time. This problem could be frustrating and annoying at times, but keep in mind to have faith in the ability of your dog to learn and never give up. Good luck!