Why is my puppy having accidents in the house? A Comprehensive Guide

What is Having Accidents in the House?

When your pet is a puppy it is totally normal for a few bathroom accidents to occur in the house. Your young dog is still learning to control its bladder and understand that going to the door means he will be let outside. Once your dog learns how to control his bladder, however, accidents should no longer occur; old age is an exception to this rule as the dog’s bladder is no longer as strong as in its prime years. If you notice that your mature dog is having accidents in the house, it may be time for a trip to the vet in order to discover what the cause may be.

  • Hormone incontinence
  • Side effects of medications
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Change in environment
  • Feeling anxious, stressed, or over excited
  • Accidents in the house are not life threatening situations, but for the sake of your home and the overall health of your dog, it is best to visit the vet as soon as possible in order to treat the underlying issue.

    Prevention of Having Accidents in the House

    The best way to prevent accidents within the home is to house train your dog young. It may come as a surprise by how many people overlook this important step in training. By teaching your young dog about where is appropriate to use the bathroom, you may not run into as many behavioral issues down the road.

    If your dog is having accidents due to a medical issue, the best thing to do is have regular veterinary check-ups in order to ensure that your dog’s health is being monitored correctly. In that way, you can catch any pesky problems before they intensify.

    Your Puppy Is Young And Doesn’t Have Control Of His Bladder

    Bladder control is usually not a problem for a 6-month-old puppy. However, I get a lot of people telling me their 8-week-old puppy, 10-week, 12-week, and 14+ week-old puppy is still having accidents in the house.

    Some exceptional puppies may be potty trained as early as 10 weeks old. However, most will not have full control of their bladder. Sometimes a young puppy won’t know he has to potty until it’s too late.

    We had several times when Linus was sick and had diarrhea accidents in the house. If your puppy is sick he may not be able to control his bowels (or pee as in point #4).

    If your puppy is sick then visit your vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Stop Accidents Indoors With THIS Puppy Potty Training Plan

    House training your dog or puppy requires patience, commitment and lots of consistency. Accidents are part of the process, but if you follow these basic house training guidelines, you can get the newest member of your family on the right track.