Why does my rescue dog pee in the house? Here’s the Answer

My rescue dog is pooping in the house at night

Feed your dog on a schedule. Make sure they eat several hours before going to sleep and then take them outside 30-60 minutes after eating.

If your dog has trouble with bowel movements, consider adding a probiotic to his food. Exercise also helps, so take a long walk with your dog after he eats and has time for his food to settle.

The 6 main key points of potty training an adult rescue dog are:

  • Restrict freedom inside the house. With the use of baby gates, play yards, and a leash you can limit your dog’s ability to have an accident by taking the opportunity away.
  • Create a schedule. Feed your dog on a schedule so you can predict when they have to go potty. Dogs thrive on a daily schedule, especially a new rescue dog trying to adjust to his new home. A schedule makes life predictable and creates a feeling of safety. Being consistent is important at this stage of a rescue dog’s life.
  • Go outside often. Take your rescue dog outside 30-60 minutes after they eat. If you have a fenced yard, let them out but do not allow playtime until after your dog potties. It’s best to use a leash to accomplish this at first.
  • Pay attention to their water intake. While it is important to have fresh water for your dog at all times if you notice your dog drinking a lot of water, head outside shortly after.
  • Create a safe potty area. Make sure to take your dog outside to a space they are comfortable enough to potty. Your rescue dog may be insecure, afraid of the outdoors, loud noises, etc.
  • Reward your dog for pottying outside. Use healthy treats, playtime, and/or affection to let your dog know pottying outside is great.
  • Why does my rescue dog pee in the house?

    FAQs About Dogs Peeing in the House

    I never recommend belly bands unless your dog has a medical condition. Even then, it’s best to check with your vet. Belly bands can be very uncomfortable for your dog and if they’re too tight, they can hurt your dog.

    If your dog’s indoor peeing is rooted in behavior, such as anxiety, or territorial marking, it’s much better to address the root cause.

    How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing Indoors

    When your dog’s peeing in the house becomes a habit, it can leave you feeling confused, frustrated, and even desperate. Housebreaking issues have even led some dog parents to surrender their pets.