How to Stop Your Adult Dog from Peeing in the House!
9 January, 2017

As most dog owners know, it can take time to housetrain your dog and even adult dogs  have accidents.  However, if your dog pees more than once in the house, something else is happening.  A dog doesn’t forget his training; it’s more likely that something changed in your dog’s environment.   You need to figure out the cause of the problem to stop the peeing from reoccurring.

First, take your dog to the vet to see if there is a medical issue

A medical condition is a common cause for an adult dog to suddenly begin urinating in the house so it is essential to rule out a medical cause first. Many of the medical conditions that commonly cause inappropriate urination can quickly become serious for your dog.  Make sure to first take your dog to the vet to rule out any medical condition.

Changes in your home environment can cause a dog to suddenly start peeing at home

Has anything changed in your home that can causing the sudden urination? Did you add a new pet?  Baby?  Even construction on or around the house can change a dogs’ behavior.   Did a new dog move in next door?  Work hours change?  Any sudden change can cause a dog’s housetraining to slide. Think about what has occurred and if there have been any changes in your day-to-day routine.

Dogs do not punish their owners

Some owners are under the misconception that the dog is peeing in the house to punish the owner. Dogs do not retaliate or do things out of spite.

Is your dog marking?

A possible reason for indoor urination is territorial marking. While it’s not as common for a dog to deliberately mark indoors, it certainly can happen especially if he perceives a new threat to his status in the home.  Basic obedience training may reduce the chances of territorial marking.

Clean up the accident as fast and as thoroughly as possible

Cleaning up existing dog urine is important. When your dog pees on the carpet or even floor, it leaves an odor that your dog may repeatedly return to.  Use a strong enzymatic cleaner to get rid of the smell.

Retraining your dog

Sometimes your adult dog simply needs to receive a refresher course in house training. With a little reminder, most dogs get right back to their good habits.

Have a set schedule:  Take your dog outside on a set schedule. Your adult dog should be able to hold their urine for 4-8 hours depending on their activity level. Set a schedule and stick to it every day.

Reward: Go outside with your dog each time. Take a tasty food treat. When your dog urinates in the correct place, praise them and offer a food reward. And praise!

Consistency: Your consistency in training is the key to your dog’s success. And positive reinforcement

Create a space in your home for your dog to reside while you are away

Dogs naturally want to keep their personal area clean, so creating a smaller space inside your house for your dog can reduce the likelihood of an accident while you’re away. Use an exercise pen or baby gate to section off an area of your home. Make the space inviting by including bedding, water and food puzzles, to keep your dog comfortable and busy while you’re away.

Crate training:

Some dog parents believe crates are a bad thing.  Not true. A crate is actually a very natural, normal habitat for a dog, as long as your pup doesn’t associate it with punishment.  Leave toys in the crate while you are away to keep your dog occupied and happy.  Dogs won’t pee where they stay.

Never punish your dogs for peeing in the house

Never punish your dog for inappropriate urination. Don’t rub your dog’s nose in it or shout or even worse hit your dog. You will only make matters worse. Nothing will be gained by punishment and will only make your dog’s insecurities and anxiety worse.

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