Stop Your Dog From Urinating in the House
A dog peeing in the house is a terrible nightmare for many dog owners. This is easily one of the most common questions we get asked, and it affects almost every dog, whether it's a new puppy with no indoor training or an adult dog who's just started peeing indoors. Whatever you do, don't give up on your dog or give your dog away. You can work through this!
The problem can have several causes, such as submissive peeing after being reprimanded, incontinence (especially if you have an ageing dog), a lapse in good house training habits, or even territorial marking.
What’s more, the difficulty you face in overcoming the problem can vary depending on the cause, so you’re going to need a lot of patience and perseverance for some dogs, while others may learn relatively quickly. But ultimately, patience and consistency will be essential for the best results.
Re-train your dog: Because your dog was probably once house trained, it can be helpful to revisit the training and repeat the steps.
Increase potty breaks: Take your dog outside to pee right after drinking, eating, and waking from naps. Reward your dog for peeing outside in the appropriate places.
Identify the trigger: Try to figure out if there's a trigger or stimulus in your dog's environment that prompts it to pee inside. Eliminate the trigger if possible, teach your dog to live with it, or change any elements you can to calm your dog's anxiety. For example, avoid sources of fear when taking walks, like the neighbourhood's aggressive dog or the area where jackhammering is going on. Play music or use a white noise machine in the house if these are loud noises outside.
Don't hit or yell: Avoid punishing or screaming at your dog for urinating in the house. This will likely backfire, and instead of learning that urinating in the house is the incorrect behaviour, your dog may learn that its people are unpredictable or unsafe to be around. Punishing your dog may make it afraid to urinate in front of you (even outdoors), which could lead to more indoor accidents.
Clean up properly: Thoroughly clean up each accident as soon as possible with an enzymatic cleaner that eliminates the smell. You don't want your dog to recognize the urine smell and think that indoors is an acceptable place for it to urinate after all.
Get professional help: If you've tried everything and are still unable to make any headway with your dog's problem, consider getting a dog trainer or behaviourist involved for a single consultation or frequent sessions as needed.