How To Stop A Puppy From Peeing In The House
These 8 Tips Will Help You Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House.
You’ve likely dealt with accidents inside as a dog owner. These tips will show you how to keep your sanity while stopping your dog from peeing in the house.
If you have a dog, you know how aggravating it is to walk into a room and find a puddle of urine or a large spot on the carpet. Even though this is a natural and common occurrence in dogs, dealing with it is still unpleasant.
Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Rover pet lifestyle expert, shares her tips for how to stop a dog from peeing in the house so you can spend more time playing and less time cleaning.
Begin observing your dog’s behavior.
Take notes on your dog’s behavior and when they eat, sleep, drink water, and potty. “This allows you to keep track of how long they’re holding it for and helps you both get into a successful routine,” Ellis says. It may be as simple as adjusting your dog’s potty schedule to fit their daily routine to get them to pee outside.
Positive reinforcement should be used.
When your dog goes potty outside, make sure to praise them right away. Give your dog treats, belly rubs, or play with them. These dog training tools encourage them to go outside by positively reinforcing the concept.
Make sure they get a reward right away, so they understand it’s for peeing outside, not for coming through the door or any other behavior. You can gradually wean them off the treats as they learn. Make it a big deal when they do go outside until then.
Keep your dog with you in the room.
Keep your dog close to you until he or she is completely potty-trained. This allows you to see the accident as it occurs and rush them outside to finish it quickly. You should immediately reward them after they finish their business outside, so they associate going outside with a positive experience.
When you’re not at home, confine your dog.
Accidents are more likely when dogs are left alone. If you’re not at home, a dog crate, pen, or small bedroom can help keep accidents at bay. Because dogs are less likely to pee where they sleep or play, confining them to a small area can reduce the temptation.
You can also put them in an area where they’re allowed to go, like a dog run or a crate with a pee pad inside.
A puppy should be treated differently than a senior dog.
According to Ellis, accidents are more likely in puppies and older dogs, but for different reasons. Puppies must be taught the difference between going potty inside and outside. You’ll have to show the puppy where he or she can go outside and provide frequent bathroom breaks.
Senior dogs’ bladders may simply be unable to hold their urine for as long as they once could. In either case, you must continue to use rewards. When it comes to adjusting your dog outdoors, timing is crucial.
Determine whether or not anxiety is the real problem.
Because they are nervous, anxious, or overly excited, some dogs pee in the house. This occurs to puppies as well as older dogs. Loud voices and noises, strangers, sirens, and other “scary” situations may cause your dog to react. If this occurs, figure out what’s causing the fear or excitement.
You can help your dog by gradually introducing them to other people or situations where this could occur, or by limiting these fearful interactions as much as possible. A thunder jacket can help some dogs feel less anxious.
Spaying or neutering your dog is a good idea.
It’s common for male dogs who haven’t been neutered to “mark” an object in the home. Though marking behavior can be triggered by a variety of factors, including moving to a new home, getting a new dog, or even getting new furniture, it’s most commonly caused by a dog that hasn’t been spayed or neutered, experiencing the effects of hormones and anxiety.
The desire for the dog to lift their leg and mark inside is lessened after spaying or neutering.
To rule out a medical condition, do the following:
According to Ellis, your veterinarian can determine whether the problem is due to age, behavior, or a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection. Any unexpected accidents, increased urination frequency, or whimpering while urinating are all red flags.
When your dog pees in the house, never do these three things.
- Disregard the issue. Proper training or medical attention should assist in determining the root of the problem. Most dogs, according to Ellis, can be potty-trained.
- Leave any pee on the ground. If you don’t use an enzyme cleaner every time your dog has an accident, they’ll be drawn to that spot and will most likely pee there again. To remove all traces of urine, thoroughly clean the area.
- Yell or scold your dog. Use caution when using fear as a motivator; it can backfire spectacularly. Rather than raising your voice, rush your dog outside to finish his or her business.