Why is my dog still toileting in the house? Simple and Effective Tips

What does it mean if my dog is urinating on upright objects?

Marking is urination on upright objects. It is most likely to occur on or near the odors, especially the urine, left by other dogs. When a dog is marking, the volume of urine is usually small. The problem is much more common in intact males, but some neutered males and spayed females will mark. Dogs may mark territory for a number of reasons including male hormonal influences, other dogs entering the property, moving to a new household or getting new furniture, or as a response to increased stress or anxiety.

If we determine that it’s not a medical problem, what might be the cause?

Once medical problems have been ruled out, it will first be necessary to determine if your dog is incontinent, marking, or losing control when excited or frightened. Each of these problems is discussed in separate handouts. Next it will be necessary to determine whether your dog was ever completely house trained. If not, review the basic house training guide and carefully follow each of the recommendations. If your dog was previously trained prior to soiling, the cause of the problem and the best methods to manage the soiling will need to be determined by evaluating the history. Things to consider include whether there were changes in the pets household or schedule at the time the problem started and whether or not the pet exhibits anxiety when left alone or locked in its confinement area. Details about the home, schedule and house training techniques to date (and the dogs response) will be required.

1 Medical Conditions

There are some disorders that can cause an increase in bowel movements. Some intestinal disorders may cause a sense of urgency and more frequent stools, making it harder for your dog to hold it in. Intestinal worms can also cause more frequent bowel movements and are something that should be ruled out. All dog owners should have their dogs stools checked for parasites at least once a year.

  • Intestinal worms
  • Parasites
  • Pain squatting
  • Pain lifting leg
  • Bladder infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver diseases
  • Cushings syndrome
  • Addisons disease
  • Dietary allergies or reactions
  • If you suspect a medical problem, see your vet right away to rule out medical causes.

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