It is very important to identify why your dog is peeing in the house. You want to understand the reason behind all of the accidents so you can learn how to help him or her. Here are some reasons your pup may be peeing in the house and not outside:
- There may be a medical issue where they can’t make it outside of the door quick enough.
- He or she may not have been neutered or spayed.
- He or she may not have been properly trained.
- He or she may not be let outside often enough.
- He or she may be suffering from high-anxiety.
- Prior accidents may not have been cleaned up and if your dog sniffs out pee on your carpet/floor that can cause them to mark their spot again.
Here are a few tips that can help prevent your dog from having accidents inside your home:
Visit your veterinarian: There could be a variety of medical conditions that can lead to dogs urinating in the house and treating those conditions is very important for your pups health and for solving the mysterious pee problem. Some issues may be minor but others could be major. Your veterinarian is the best individual that can diagnose any medical conditions that are contributing to your pup peeing in the house.
Spay or Neuter your Pup: Intact pups are more likely to engage in marking their territory by peeing. Spaying or neutering your pup will greatly reduce the urine marking. If you have an older dog, it is most likely the urine marking has become a habit and you will have to use other techniques to bring the behavior under control.
Train Your Pup: When a puppy urinates in the house, it could be from a lack of training. If they begin to pee frequently, that means they need more work in their training. If you can’t supervise your dog in the house 24/7, you should have your pup confined in one space such as a crate to prevent them from peeing there. You could also block off a small space in your laundry room or your bathroom too. It is vital to make sure your pup has space to stand, move around and lie down. NEVER leave your pup unattended for hours while they are in their house training stage.
Avoid Using Puppy Pads: They can sometimes lead to confusion and that can give them the idea it is okay to pee in the house when it is not. Don’t ever yell at your pup when they have an accident, but if you catch them in the act, use a loud noise such as clapping to let him or her know that is not OK. Take your pup outside frequently while house training. Take them outside at least every 2 hours and immediately after waking up, before going to bed, and right after eating. When you take your pup outside, it is important to walk them on a leash and try to go to the same spot each time.
Give Your Pup Lots of Potty Breaks: No matter how well trained a dog is, every dog has their limits and going above those limits can cause accidents. Young puppies should start out going every hour and then add one additional hour for every additional month of age. Once a dog is potty trained, they can usually hold it up for 6-8 hours.
Receive Professional Help: You may want to arrange a few sessions with a veterinary behavioral specialist who will take the whole situation into consideration and give you detailed information or advice on how to solve this issue. They may prescribe behavior techniques with or without medical help.
These are all important tips and advice on how to teach your pup not to pee in the house. House training is something you want to start very early on so that it does not become an issue later on. The longer you wait, the more of a problem it could be for you.