A notch below coming home to puke on the carpet but just as unpleasant, is coming home to dog pee in the house. Dog pee does not smell good and it is easily one of the most common problems dog owners have. So, if you think your dog is something special for peeing in the house, don’t. This is a problem which can virtually affect any dog, regardless if your dog has been housetrained or if he is a new puppy. Some adult dogs even start peeing indoors again even if they were fine before. You might get really tempted to punish your dog but avoid it at all costs. It is very easy to get angry and lose your grip but what you should do instead is look at the possible reasons so you can correct the behavior and not have to clean smelly carpets and floors.
The Root of the Behavior
Your dog peeing inside the home can have numerous causes. It could be the result of submissive peeing after being reproached, or if you have an old dog it could be because of incontinence. It could also be because of territorial marking or a failure in good house training habits. So, let us explore what could be causing your beloved pooch to suddenly have a problem holding it in and doing his business outside. The first thing that needs to be ruled out is whether your dog is suffering from any medical problem which is causing him to pee indoors or during inappropriate times. So, if you find yourself coming home more frequently to carpet soaked in pee or a wet floor, you need to check with your vet first in order to ensure there isn’t any underlying medical problem causing this unwanted behavior. This is especially important to rule out if your dog has been housetrained before and is suddenly having more accidents. If medical problems have been ruled out, you need to start looking for other causes and one of them could be territorial marking. Although it is not uncommon for dogs to mark indoors, it can certainly happen, especially if your dog thinks something as a new threat. Dogs might consider visitors and even a new piece of furniture as a “threat.” Separation anxiety is also another reason. Dogs suffering from separation anxiety display numerous signs and these include accidents in the home. If your dog has been diagnosed with separation anxiety, your veterinarian might refer you to a behaviorist to help address the problem. Another possible reason is anxiety with conditions outside. Some dogs have noise phobias and for them even simple construction sounds can be nerve-racking. Even if your dog naturally does his business outside, he might refuse to leave the house if there is too much noise outside.
Encouraging the Behavior
The last thing you want to do when you see pee when you come home is to encourage such behavior. However, this does not mean that you should punish your dog for it. There could be various possible causes, especially if your dog has been housetrained before. Some of the possible medical reasons are urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, and hormonal changes. Once medical problems have been ruled out, you can then determine what other steps you can take to prevent any unpleasant doggie business in your house. Naturally, dogs want their personal areas to be clean so create a smaller space at home for your dog and you will reduce accidents while you are away from home. Some of the materials you can use are a baby gate and exercise pen. They are cheap and easy to find and can easily section off an area of your home. Make sure that the space is inviting by putting water, food puzzles and bedding so your dog not only busy but also comfortable when you are not at home. Another thing which you can change in order to discourage the behavior is the time you spend away from home. Some pets do not prefer to go outside while you are away so they would rather spend their time indoors. On days when you are gone for periods longer than normal, your dog might not be able to hold on until you get back and end up peeing inside. You might want to consider taking your pooch to doggy daycare where he will have potty breaks and the interactions he needs if you know that you are going to be away for long. In some cases deviations in daily household routines can cause doggie accidents. If your dog has been used to relieving himself at certain times and when this schedule is changed, your dog might have some difficulties coping with it.
Other Solutions and Considerations
However, if you have a rescue dog with a long history of being in kennels, there is a very big chance that he has not yet learned his house training lessons quite well. Sometimes, it is very easy for dogs to slip back to their old habits and this is especially true if they have not mastered their training or if the training has not been reinforced enough. Puppies are also notorious for peeing in the house and they should be forgiven for doing so because they are still young and have not had enough time to learn the basics of training successfully. Because of their size, they also have smaller bladders so they have to be taken outside several times in a day. Otherwise peeing indoors will be their only choice.
A beloved pooch just does not suddenly pee indoors without any reason. It is of utmost importance that you understand the probable causes so you can handle the situation properly and help your dog. Whatever you do, do not punish your dog for his sudden unpleasant behavior as he will start to fear you instead of trusting in you.
By a Shiba Inu lover Patty Oelze
Published: 02/08/2018, edited: 01/30/2020