What To Do When Your Dog Pees In The House

It’s unavoidable that accidents can happen in your home when you have a dog. Learning what to do when your dog pees in the house will ensure that you DO the right steps without causing him any fear and anxiety.

Without further ado, let’s go into the topic:

  1. Why Did Your Dog Pees In The House?
  2. What Should You Do?

Why Did Your Dog Pees In The House?

It’s important that you find the exact reason that leads to your dog peeing inside the house to correctly address the issue.

Following are some possible factors:

Inadequately House-Trained

Your dog is still in his puppy hood and is not fully house-trained. So he is not trained on how to do his potty either indoor or outdoor.

Aging Dog

Older dogs tend to have various health issues such as infected bladder, urinary tract infections, or age-related incontinence that could potentially affect his ability to control his bladder.

Marking His Territory Indoors

This would happen on a male dog who is not yet neutered or when he feels stress or anxiety in a new environment.

Due To Some Psychological Issue

It is common for dogs to start peeing whenever they are emotionally unstable such as in a state of extreme fear, anxiety or aggressiveness.

This happens to my dog who is suffering from food aggression. I observe that when I attempt to approach him when he is eating his food, he will get very aggressive and will pee on the spot.

Changes In His Environment

If you have moved your dog to a new resident area, he might not have associated that new area as the place where he should NOT do his potty. 

You will need to do some extra potty training to let him know that this area is considered “indoor” and he should not eliminate it here.

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What Should You Do?

When you find your dog peeing in the house, it is important to know the REASONS that lead to this behavior so that you can work on the right STEPS to correct his action without bringing him any fear or anxiety.

Bring Your Dog To See A Vet

I would suggest bringing him to a veterinarian for a health checkup to ensure that this is not related to any health issue before you work on various other approaches to train him not to pee in the home.

If it turns out to be some health related issue such as bladder infection or urinary tract infections, your veterinarian will be able to prescribe some medication to address and improve his health condition and that will stop his uncontrolled peeing issue.

Of course, if it is due to age-related complication, medication would not be of much help and you would have to work on “fine-tuning” your home environment to make it more convenient for your aging dog to do his potty as and when he needs.

What you can do is to bring him out for potty more often or to confine him to a small area where you would place some peeing pads for him to do is elimination.

You could also put him on a dog diaper to reduce the number of accidents (most dogs will not like diapers and you may need  to monitor how your dog is reacting to it).

Potty Training For Your Dog

If your dog is not trained on how he should do his potty, certainly he will do it at his own will (which is peeing everywhere he likes).

When you have just got a new dog, chances are that he isn’t yet potty trained and you would need to conduct this training on him as soon as possible before he gets into the habit of peeing in the house.

If you have decided that he should do his elimination outdoors, you would have to identify a suitable potty spot outside your home (could be your backyard) that he should do his elimination and to train him to go to this spot whenever he needs to pee.

Make use of positive reinforcement techniques so that he will associate going outside for his potty with a reward and that would encourage him to repeat his action over and over again. 

It will be inevitable that there will be house soiling in the home when the potty training is still ongoing. You will have to make sure that you completely clean the accident spot in your home so that the urine odor left in the area will not lure him back again for his next potty.

Do not simply clean the accident area with some detergent as urine odor is hard to get rid of. I have personally made use of this DIY solution and it works marvelous in removing the odor. 

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This Is The Way To Prepare The Solution: 

Mix one cup of water with one cup of white vinegar along with 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Apply the solution on the spot for 5 minutes and then blot it dry.

Do not ever yell or punish your dog for any house soiling.This will not help in the situation and will likely make your dog fearful of you and make him want to “hide” his potty action from your view. This could pose even bigger problems as now you will have to search every corner of your house for his elimination.

If you really want to have a ZERO accident in your house, place your dog in the crate when you are not with him during the time when he is undergoing potty training. 

When he shows signs of wanting to eliminate (such as scratching at the crate door, squatting, sniffing or circling in the crate), bring him out from the crate and guide him to the designated potty spot outside.

Potty Schedule For Your Dog

It’s important that you plan the potty schedule for your dog so that he knows when he should go for his elimination. Potty schedule works hand in hand with his feeding schedule as your dog will need to do his potty shortly after each meal.

Dog usually needs to go for potty on the following conditions:

  • In the morning after waking up
  • Around 30 minutes after each meal
  • After waking up from a nap
  • After his playtime

Of course, the frequency of the potty will depend on the age and breed of the dog. Typically, an adult dog will be able to hold his bladder much longer, up to 10 hours, They will usually just need to do potty 3 times a day.

For a puppy of 4 weeks old, he would be able to hold his bladder up to a maximum of 4 hours (one hour for every one month of age).

So plan your potty routine for your dog based on these guidelines and that would help to reduce his chances of inappropriate peeing in the house.

Behavior Training For Your Dog

You might be thinking that behavior issues don’t seem to be related to his peeing issue and it’s not something that is worth looking into.

This might prove you WRONG. In fact, behavior problems such as anxiety, aggressiveness and nervousness can cause a dog to pee in an uncontrolled manner.

Marking behavior could also cause a dog to pee in the house as he tries to mark his territory with his urine.This is his way of communicating with other dogs, especially in a new area that he had never been there before.

Hormonal or sexual arousal could also lead to an increase in his marking behavior.

Ways To Address Behavior Issue

Address Fear, Anxiety And Stress

If your dog’s peeing is the result of separation anxiety and stress, you need to find out what’s causing him to have these behavioral changes and work on eliminating the stimuli.

For example, if your dog uncontrolled peeing in the house is due to his fear for some unknown stimuli such as loud sounds (maybe you are having a home renovation) or you have a group of visitors at your home, you can make him calm down by placing him in a crate.

He will feel more safe and secure in there and you can also cover the crate with a blanket to help “masking” off the sounds.

Address Territory Marking

As for the marking behavior, you can either spray or neuter your dog or to train him that this action is not allowed in your home.

If you catch him doing his marking in the house, quickly catch his attention by making a loud clap and take him outside for his elimination. Remember to reward his behavior after he is done with his JOB so that he will begin to associate doing his marking outside for a reward. 

Alternatively, you can keep him in a crate as dogs usually don’t like to pee in the area where he sleeps and eats. That would stop his marking behavior.

Help Him To Settle Down In New Environment

Any sudden change in his environment will make your dog get stressed and nervous. That could lead to his peeing behavior.

If you have just adopted a new dog or you are moving to a new home, it will certainly pay off to retrain your dog on potty training in this new environment so that he knows that indoor potty is not allowed.

You will also need to introduce him to the new designated outdoor potty spot so that he knows where he should be going for his elimination. 

Apart from potty training, a new environment will also make your dog anxious so you ought to spend some quality time with him to help him settle down in your new home. 

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Nothing works better than showing your love and affection to him to make him feel at ease. It’s going to be a “WIN – WIN” situation as he will have less behavior issues and you will get to gain his trust and build the bond with him.