Jun 092014

Dog peeQ:(Submitted by Suzanne U.)“How do I keep my dog from peeing in the house?”A:There are a few reasons this may be happening. There is no benefit of ever punishing a dog. This only creates fear and distrust from the dog towards you.   Here are common reasons for the situation along with solutions:

Territorial marking is a clear case of “this is mine”, and “I’m here” whether it is a response to a female in heat within several miles, or to new dogs in the area. Clean the area 3 times with different active enzyme products allowing a full dry between cleanings. Behavior modification steps to prevent another episode include tethering dog to you if needed so you can keep an eye on him and put him outside or crated if alone. Have a conversation with your dog about the rules of being allowed in the house including keeping ALL liquids in his body. All elimination is done outside. The female will eventually go out of heat and/or the new dogs will quickly become pals so the need to mark the territory will go away. The training you put in place will assist in prevention of repeat indoor leaks.

Medical situations often are the cause of incontinence or accidents. Often dogs will signal a problem by doing something alarming to get your attention. The first step is a vet visit to rule out health concerns that need attention.

I smell it…therefore I go here again and again and again. It you are dealing with repeat performances in the same area, the signal is the area has calling cards of odors that have yet to be removed. Follow cleaning step in #1 above to remove the scent.

Not able to get outdoors and be successful. Often dogs are expected to hold it way beyond what is normal or healthy for the dog. 4-6 hours is the longest time between outings for an adult dog. Puppy rule is # of months old + 1 for number of hours. (Example 2 mo + 1=3 hours) This is an estimate and different breeds and individual dogs may vary.   Ask others to help with bathroom breaks.

Not housetrained Did you make sure your dog really understood and was rewarded consistently for going in their special spot outside? Consistency, timing and understanding dog signals help your dog be super responsible.

Excitement If your dog gets too excited, he may pee. If you are calm, he’ll be calm, and the excited peeing discontinues.


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