It can be very frustrating when your beloved pooch takes to peeing in your home. Although it can cause unwanted smells and damage to your house, try to remain patient with your pet and give the following steps a go to put a stop to the problem.
1. Revisit dog training
You may have previously trained your dog to pee outside of your home, or you may be starting from scratch; either way, revisit and repeat the steps you took to train your dog where to go to the bathroom.
Read this article to find out how to potty train your pooch: 9 Successful Steps on How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast!
2. Increase visits to the bathroom
Instead of taking your dog outside to go to the toilet at the usual times, try adding in another few visits in between. Make sure you always take your dog outside to pee straight after they have had a drink or something to eat, and immediately after they have woken up from a nap.
3. Spot the stimulus
Dogs are often triggered to go to the toilet by something in their environment. It could be certain smells or sounds are inducing their desire to go to the bathroom, so have a think about any new sounds, sights and smells you may have introduced to the home and remove one by one to see if this eliminates the issue.
4. Don’t raise your voice or hand
By raising your voice or hand to your pooch, you will make them afraid of you. A dog that is scared may end up peeing when they are around you as they feel nervous and afraid.
Shouting and hitting your dog may also make them too afraid to even pee in front of you when they are outside the house and in the correct place to go potty, which means they may end up doing it in the house afterward when you are not around.
5. Keep it clean
Ensure you thoroughly clean up any mess properly with a deep penetrating enzyme cleaner. Not only will this eliminate odors, but it will stop your dog from recognizing the smell of their own pee in the area; as this can encourage them to continue to use this spot.
Rule out medical issues
Urinary incontinence can be a sign of urinary tract infection or a more serious illness. If your dog seems unable to stop themselves from going to the bathroom, it could be that they simply cannot control it. Take your dog to the vet and have them thoroughly checked over. A simple course of medication may just be the answer you have been looking for.
Seek advice from a professional
If you’ve tried everything and are still unable to stop your pet from peeing in the house, then you may have great success taking your dog to a professional trainer or behavioral therapist. Whatever happens, please don’t give up on your dog!