You’ve dealt with your fair share of new puppy puddles and moist carpets as a pet owner. Accidents can happen.
But you don’t anticipate having to deal with urine in your new home after you’ve taught your dog to use the toilet. Your sense of humor and flooring might suffer from inappropriate peeing behavior. What gives, then? Why do young dogs urinate inside homes? How can you make them stop?
Here are some things you can do to get your dog to stop the habit if he often urinates inside the home.
Why does a Dog Pee in The House?
Small dogs may urinate inside for various reasons, but they often do it in reaction to another problem. Although it’s simple to assume that your dog is just being nasty, the odds are that it’s unrelated to them and beyond their control.
Your dog is merely trying to tell you something is wrong if you observe a significant change in how they act. They may not feel well or be scared of something. If your dog begins acting weird, take that as your signal to pay attention and investigate the situation.
Your dog may attempt to communicate with you when they unexpectedly urinate indoors. Sometimes the main problem is as simple as not spending enough time outside during the day and breaking down after a while. It may sometimes be a bit more complicated. Let’s examine a few prevalent causes:
You should first rule out any medical conditions or health conditions if your previously house-trained dog has developed an unexpected need to urinate inside. An older dog may unintentionally lose control of the muscles in its bladder due to various diseases.
- a urinary tract infection or bladder infection
- Urinary stones
- Intestinal Parasites
- liver or kidney disease
- tumors, aging, and disorders associated with aging
- cognitive problems, such as dementia
A trip to your veterinarian should be your first thing to do in order to rule out anything dangerous. If your dog is suffering from a condition causing them to urinate inside, the inappropriate urination should cease after the ailment has been properly treated.
You may need to make more frequent excursions outdoors or set up an area with training pads for emergencies if your dog has age-related issues or physical issues that make it difficult to hold for lengthy periods.
Anxiety or Stress
If your dog is peeing inside and your veterinarian cannot identify a medical issue, your dog may be experiencing some anxiety. Look at your dog’s circumstances. Has anything changed suddenly or significantly? Have you relocated or adopted an animal or a new family member? Has your daily routine undergone a major change, such as new or extended working hours that might be triggering separation anxiety? Are you staying at home more often than usual?
Your dog may urinate inadvertently due to nervousness brought on by these changes. Your dog may also experience worry from loud, strange sounds, such as those made by a new appliance or thunderstorms. Another possibility is that your dog is afraid of anything outside, which keeps them from going outside.
Submission of Excitement
Your dog’s indoor accidents may also be caused by submissive or excited urinating. When a dog feels exposed or threatened, it may lose control of its bladder.
Examples include dogs who squeal with delight when they meet you or dogs that crouch in terror and lose control of their urine. Puppies often get overexcited and lose control of their bladders, but they typically outgrow this. Nevertheless, it’s not unusual for some dogs to continue acting in this manner as they age.
Territorial marking with urine is crucial. This urine sample often happens in very small amounts and against vertical objects.
Hormonal changes resulting from home relocation, new furnishings, or the presence of other dogs might affect the territorial marking. It could also be a reaction to more worry and stress.
Unneutered male dogs often mark, although some neutered males and spayed females may also do so.
Poor House Training
The delicate process of house training calls for dedication and patience. In certain cases, dogs may subsequently regress if dog owners proceed too swiftly through the training.
Your puppy may still need some toilet training if your dog is still a puppy and urinating improperly. Until you feel more confident in your dog’s continence, keep praising them for good toilet behavior.
If your dog has completed potty training but suddenly starts peeing improperly, be sure it isn’t a medical emergency before moving on to a potty training refresher course. Following a significant change in your dog’s life, such as an illness or a schedule change, more potty training sessions may be required.
Why Dogs Pee on the Bed
There are several causes for your dog to start urinating on your Bed, just as other sorts of improper urination. The discomfort is raised when there is a puddle on your Bed instead of just on the floor.
Get your dog to the doctor immediately to rule out any medical issues. If your dog urinates on your Bed, whether awake or sleeping, your veterinarian will want to know about it. When your dog urinates on the Bed while you’re sleeping, it may result from a hormonal imbalance or a urinary tract infection. Diabetes, bladder stones, or plain old age might also be to blame.
When your dog is awake, it may urinate on the Bed for medical reasons, but it might also be emotional issues, behavioral causes, or behavioral issues. Your dog may become unable to regulate its bladder due to stress and anxiety. Look attentively at the events before your dog urinated on the Bed to see if anything startling occurred. Is leaving home causing you separation anxiety?
Of course, your dog may also mark their territory by urinating on the Bed in response to a sudden shift or perceived danger. Because marking produces less urine than urinating, you can distinguish between the two.
Why did my Puppy Pee on my Bed?
It is reasonable to assume that your dog is not yet completely toilet trained if they urinate on your Bed, Bed, or any other indoor surface. Potty training is a procedure that might take some time to complete, so keep that in mind.
A dog may sometimes make tremendous progress in toilet training before abruptly regressing. Moving homes, getting a new pet or family member, or changing seasons might affect your pup’s potty habits. This can occur after sickness or another major life event.
Don’t give up if your puppy continues to urinate inside the home. Just keep working at it and keep rewarding the desired behavior.
How to Prevent Dogs from Peeing in the House
The solution to your dog’s problem of eliminating everywhere will mostly rely on the root cause, but it’s most important to remember that no reprimanding or punishment will make your dog stop.
Raising your voice or physically correcting your dog will if anything, destroy your bond with them, foster mistrust, and upset the poor pup.
Your veterinarian should be consulted if your pet’s behavior changes suddenly. Since your dog cannot communicate with you when unwell, it will often attempt to let you know by acting differently.
If your dog’s incontinence is caused by a medical condition, addressing it will often resolve the issue, allowing it to return to the well-mannered companion they were before.
Your veterinarian could suggest spaying or neutering if your dog remains intact since it often lessens the marking habit.
If your veterinarian determines that your dog is healthy, you must consider other circumstances that could be causing the issue.
Has your dog’s life undergone any substantial changes recently? Determine whether a stressor of any type is setting off your dog. Separation anxiety or loud noise outside might be the cause.
Potty-Training Refresher Course
If your dog’s potty habits start regressing, start with them again. Set your dog up for success by positively rewarding acceptable bathroom behavior and establishing and adhering to a rigid timetable for going outdoors.
Although this setback has angered you naturally, try not to vent your frustration on your dog. They are not punishing you or doing this to get even with you.
In these situations, resist the urge to yell at or reprimand your dog. Losing your rage and instilling fear and humiliation in your dog will accomplish very little.
Read through our guide on toilet training puppies; the methods we present work for new training and refresher courses.
Keep a Close Eye
Dogs are simple animals; they will warn you by leaving one or two paw prints on your carpet, Bed, couch, etc. Watch for these warning signs and make an effort to first step in quickly.
A dog searching for a location to relieve itself will circle, sniff, and whimper. Dogs often urinate in the same location; thus, you can nearly always find them returning to the potty spot of past accidents.
Naturally, more overt actions, like pawing or scratching at the door and seeming restless, indicate that something will happen.
Don’t disregard these cues from your dog; if you can act quickly and get them outside to relieve themselves, don’t forget to thank them for their good conduct.
We said that dogs often return to the site of previous “crimes” and tend to always urinate in the same location. Since this is almost completely dependent on fragrance, it is essential to properly clean up any inside accidents to make sure that no scent markers are left behind to encourage your dog to urinate again.
Accidents should be cleaned up very away since lingering odors will only convince your dog that this is a safe location to urinate. Take care to be as thorough as you can while cleaning.
Enzymatic cleaners are a fantastic choice for cleaning up a pee since they target and eliminate scents that human noses may miss, but your dog’s sensitive snout would detect the enzyme cleaners.
Calling the Professionals
Since dogs are sensitive beings, humans sometimes find it difficult to reach their emotional world. By seeing an animal behaviorist, you may learn more about the medical causes of your dog’s unexpected regression in potty habits.
Your dog may suddenly start peeing indoors, and a behaviorist may help you figure out why this is happening and provide behavior modification methods for you to try with your dog. You’ll notice results immediately if you’re dedicated to using these strategies.
Give a lot of Potty Breaks.
Some dogs can’t hold it for as long as others, depending on their age, breed, size, and other considerations. Make sure your dog has the opportunity to urinate himself as often as necessary.
No matter how properly trained, a dog’s bladder has a certain capacity, and going over that limit might result in accidents. Puppies should generally start off going outside every hour. Then, for each month of age, you may add one extra hour. Between three and five times a day should be plenty for adult dogs to go potty. Once they’ve been adequately taught, the majority can maintain it for 6–8 hours if necessary. Senior dogs may need to go more often, perhaps every 4-6 hours.
Spay or Neuter Your dog
Dogs that are still intact are far more prone to mark their pee. The habit is typically considerably reduced or eliminated after spaying or neutering.
If your dog is older, it’s more probable that the urine marking has developed into a habit, and you’ll need to use other methods to manage the activity fully.
Control the Excitement
You could sometimes set off your dog’s trigger! Thrilled peeing may occur if your dog becomes extremely excited to meet you or someone they care about. Tiny dogs with small bladders are more prone to this than larger canines.
When you go home, talk to your dog in a very calm voice without using a high tone. Right immediately, take your dog outdoors.
Take your dog outdoors shortly before visitors arrive if you have them, and instruct them to say hello to your dog calmly.
Introduce New Things Carefully
Avoid placing things where they are easily accessible if your dog tends to “mark” new objects that enter the home. Introduce new subjects and items gradually under close supervision. A blog article with further details about urine marking may be found here.
Determine You the Dog don’t GO Outside in Bad Weather
Just like our pets, we don’t want to be outdoors! We should always check the forecast and walk the dogs before inclement weather arrives. That’s regrettably not always feasible.
Some dogs find it too frightening to urinate outdoors when the weather is terrible. The above-mentioned soothing collars and pheromones might be useful in this situation.
Said other dogs dislike being wet. If so, a jacket like this one could be beneficial.
Will a Dog Belly Band Work?
Except in cases when your dog has a medical problem, I never advise belly bands. It’s advisable to consult your veterinarian even then. If the belly bands are overly tight, they might harm your dog and cause great discomfort.
It is far preferable to deal with the underlying issue if your dog’s indoor accidents are caused by behavior, such as anxiety or territorial marking.
Do Pee Pads Help?
Your dog is still going potty indoors, according to pee pads. Only if you live on a high rise or another place where it would not be physically able to get your dog outside after he indicates he has to urinate do I advise using pee pads.
Even still, having a balcony with Doggie Lawn or other synthetic grass is better since it gives them a specific “outside location” to relieve themselves.
The Quickest Best way to Train a Dog
We all want a speedy resolution to this issue! Unfortunately, persistence and patience are what it calls for most.
I have seen certain techniques working quickly—in only a few days or weeks. Since I couldn’t keep an eye on my Tulip as attentively while I was working for long periods, I adopted the umbilical cord technique. I could better interpret her indications about when she needed to go outside by keeping her leashed near my desk.
The “eat where you pee” strategy has also been quite effective with previous owner. When her rescued corgi wouldn’t stop urinating all over the place, one new dog owner was at her wit’s end. When she put the dog’s food bowl next to the spot where she urinated, the dog got the message and was taught to use the outside only within a few days. It may be necessary to repeatedly and regularly provide food near each urinal.
It may be quite upsetting when your potty-trained adult dog abruptly returns to peeing inside for no apparent reason. While we can relate to how frustrating it might be to have to resume a routine that involves cleaning up poop, there’s typically a cause for your dog to regress.
Don’t give up! It’s simpler than you imagine getting your peaceful, poop-free house back. Start by visiting the vet and being open-minded about your dog’s environment. When a medical cause has been ruled out, check for other sources of stress and worry in your dog’s life.
Use the same methods you used to learn your dog to use the restroom. Regular outside walks and plenty of praise and goodies for excellent behavior can help your dog succeed. In the event of an accident, keep your composure and immediately and completely clean up any messes.
If you’re having trouble or need assistance getting your dog to urinate in the proper locations instead of on your Bed or carpets, don’t hesitate to contact a behaviorist.