What to Do When Your Dog Pees Indoors
If you have an adult dog who suddenly starts peeing in the house, it’s up to you, the pet parent, to become a detective and figure out why.
Start with observation and documenting when and where your dog pees in a Piddle Journal.
Here’s help for adult dogs peeing in the house. Fun fact: None of the reasons are for revenge.
When your dog has an accident, write down the time and what happened before that. When was he last outside? Did he drink a lot of water? Is the marking in the same spot? You can begin to spot (pun intended) patterns and even seek the guidance of a positive reinforcement dog behaviorist. If you want to potty train an adult dog, it takes patience.
We created the DogMinder Canine Health and Wellness Journal so you can log these details easily.
If your dog is urinating in the house, any number of reasons exist, but revenge is not one of them. Science says so, too. Some believe that guilt is complicated; we believe that dogs are not (complicated): they simply love us and would not purposely or with calculated intent seek to be punished.
The above applies as much to number “two” as it does number “one.”
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How do I stop my dog from peeing on revenge?
The best solution to handle excitement peeing is to keep greeting low-key and avoid eye contact. If your dog is excited, wait a few minutes for the dog to calm down before acknowledging him. This should help curb his unabashed enthusiasm and involuntary peeing. Again, punishment is not an effective method.
How to stop puppies submissive peeing.
There’s nothing like the excitement of a puppy greeting. You get a wriggling body, a wagging tail, and licks on the face. Talk about feeling loved. But do you get a puddle of pee on the floor as well? That doesn’t feel quite as loving. Why would your puppy pee right in front of you like that? Is it a punishment for leaving them alone? Are they trying to upset you?
In truth, it’s quite common for puppies to pee during greetings. Even some adult dogs do it, and it has nothing to do with teaching you a lesson. It’s actually something your puppy can’t control. Either your puppy is peeing from excitement and needs to mature and learn emotional restraint or they are exhibiting submissive urination and need confidence-boosting. Once you recognize which type of pee problem your puppy is displaying, you can start to deal with the underlying issue.
Some puppies pee whenever they get excited. That might be when greeting beloved people, during playtime, or while getting pats and cuddles. If your puppy thinks it’s emotionally wonderful, their bladder empties. For these puppies, the peeing is involuntary as the muscles that control emptying the bladder are not yet fully developed. Control will come with time and physical maturity.
This may seem like a housetraining issue, but if your puppy is only having accidents when they’re full of enthusiasm, you know this is excitement urination. It’s common in exuberant puppies who can’t seem to control their emotions. However, many health issues like urinary tract infections or bladder stones can affect a puppy’s urination too. So, if your puppy is peeing at inappropriate times, it’s essential to get a clean bill of health from the vet before moving forward.