Owning a dog can be a bit stressful at times, especially when they decide all of a sudden to start peeing in the house, even though they have been potty trained for years. This is something that happened with my dog Lucy a few years back and I was at my wit’s end trying to figure out why she all of a sudden had found a spot in my home that was her new bathroom.
I made the mistake of not thinking about the fact that we had just moved into a new home that she was not familiar with. She had only ever known the house that we had lived in when we got her and taking her to a new space seemed to throw her off. I really should have thought about this before we moved so that I could have better prepared her for living in a new space.
During this time of transition I was able to read and learn a lot about why dogs pee in the house. I learned quickly that this is quite the common problem and it can happen to any age of dog and can have several causes including a lapse in habits, incontinence, territorial marking, or even submissive peeing as a result of being reprimanded.
Unfortunately, peeing in the house is a problem that can be difficult to overcome depending on the cause. The first thing that you need to do if your dog starts peeing in the house is to make sure that they do not have some type of medical issue such as incontinence or a bladder infection. Take your dog to the vet to be checked out.
In the case of Lucy, she did not have any medical issues, so we went on to the next step, which was trying to understand why she was peeing in the new house. We quickly realized that she was uncomfortable in the new space and she was simply marking her new territory.
If your dog is peeing in the house, there are some steps to take in order to stop this bad habit of peeing in the house.
First, try to catch them before they pee in the house. If you see your dog circling around and sniffing, take them outside immediately. Wait for them to pee outside and then lavish them with praise.
If you do not catch them before they begin peeing, but you catch them in the act, you will want to get their attention quickly by using a loud noise. This noise will likely cause them to stop peeing and then you can take them outside so they can finish the act. While they are peeing outside make sure to praise them.
When you are trying to get your dog to stop peeing inside, the most important thing you can do is to praise them every time they pee outside.
In addition to praising your dog for peeing outside, it is very important to get rid of the scent of pee from inside your home. Choose an enzyme based cleaner to help eradicate the scent entirely.
Overall, the best way to get your dog to stop peeing inside is to make sure that you catch them before or during the act and take them outside several times each day to pee and make sure to heap on the praise. This may take some time and patience, but if you are consistent you should see a change in the behavior soon.