How to Get Your Dog to Stop Peeing All Over the House?
How to Get Your Dog to Stop Peeing All Over the House!
Dog pee on the carpet. Dog pee on the floor. Dog pee everywhere it's not supposed to be.
This is probably the most common problem dog owners face when they bring their dog home. It is inevitable that a puppy will pee almost anywhere in your house because a puppy is still young and doesn't know better. But if your dog is grown and still hasn't figured out what the rules are, finding random puddles of pee in your home means that your dog is not properly trained. You need to learn how and take steps to train you dog right away.
Step 1: Establishing Roles
The very first step in training your dog is to make sure your dog recognizes both its name and your role as leader. Classroom teachers know that in order to teach a child, they must establish a relationship of mutual recognition: the kid knows the teacher is boss, and the teacher knows who the kid is. This makes it easier for the teacher to explain to the child directly when and what he might do wrong. The same idea applies when you are training your dog. You have to make sure your dog knows you're talking to it and that you are someone it needs to listen to.
How do you establish these roles? When he listens to you, give him treats and toys, pet him, play with him, and keep repeating his name. When he ignores you or does something wrong, talk to him in a firm, teacher-ish voice and indicate your displeasure. Soon, your dog will be able to figure out if he did something wrong by your tone of voice and they way you say his name.
Step 2: Communication
When your dog knows her name and knows you're boss, she will listen to you when you speak to her. So if your dog pees inside, carry (or pull, if she's a large dog) her over to that spot, using your tone of voice to convey your displeasure, and tell her she is not supposed to pee there. Then bring her to the place where she should pee, change your tone to reflect your different feelings, and tell her this is the right spot.
You might think this is ridiculous, speaking to a dog that doesn't understand human language, but this method does work.
I used it on my three dogs, and they are now trained. However, I did an additional step with one of my dogs, one that may be controversial: I gave my dog a firm tap when lecturing him. Many people do not believe in physically punishing their dogs, but for me it worked; just a light tap on my dog's mouth or backside to emphasize my displeasure. (And when they pee in the right place, giving them physical communication of pets and hugs works well, too.)
How to Talk to Your Dog
When the dog needs correction, you have to be loud, firm, and strict. There's no need to scream or shout as this will just put everyone on edge, but you should be clear. This is not the time to suffer quietly or be a strong and silent type. This is also not the time to gush about how cute your dog looks when he's guilty or find humor in the puddle of pee on the floor. Make sure your tone of voice expresses your unhappiness and offers no room for interpretation. The dog may not understand your words but will know what you're saying if you say it like you mean it.
When the dog deserves praise, make sure your tone really emphasizes that feeling—let your good feelings come through loud and clear in your voice. If you keep your happiness a secret, your dog will only be confused.
How Your Dog Communicates with You
Learning the signs. Just as your dog needs to learn to understand you, you will also need to learn how to listen to your dog. Accidents sometimes happen when an incompletely trained dog simply doesn’t know how to communicate that she needs to go outside. Or maybe she's communicating what she needs loud and clear, only you're either not there or not paying attention.
Sometimes, the pee itself is a communication. Instead of words, the dog is using other ways to get your attention. Sometimes, the puddle of pee is no accident at all; it is an eloquent way to tell you that something is wrong. Perhaps it's a sign that your dog is bored, jealous, or lonely. If so, you'll need to address the true cause of the "accident" to get it to stop.
Dog Caught in the Act of Peeing in the House
If you catch your dog in the act of peeing where he shouldn't, make a big noise to catch his attention: clap loudly, stomp your foot, or call his name. He should stop mid-stream to see what you want and when he does, immediately take him to the proper peeing place and let him finish there. At this point, a lecture would be confusing, so instead offer praise for peeing in the right place.
If instead of catching your dog in the act you find a puddle later, it will be harder to communicate your displeasure, since the dog may not be able to understand the connection between that wet stuff on the floor and your unhappiness. While you're cleaning up the mess, go ahead and tell him you're mad about it, but don't dwell on it too long or else your stern voice will begin to lose its meaning and impact.
Above all else, you should avoid overreacting. If you freak out, the dog may decide that peeing in your presence is a bad idea and start to develop anxiety or begin sneaking off to try to hide the pee in some tucked-away corner of your home.
When Training Is a Problem
Some dogs grow up without getting properly trained. If your dog is over six months old, has lived with you for more than six months, and has had six months to understand your clear communication but still hasn't figured out where to pee, it may be time to take a new tactic or a different tact. But first, you need to figure out why it's happening. The following questions may help you sleuth the culprit.
- Is there any chance there is a medical cause for your dog's apparent disobedience? Perhaps it's a good time to take her to the vet to rule out any conditions that may cause her incontinence.
- Is your dog getting old? If so, perhaps this is the reason why he can no longer control himself. Maybe you'll need to devise other ways to help him take care of business.
- Is your dog taking any kind of medication? Many drugs can disrupt a dog's system and cause frequent or uncontrollable urination.
- Does you dog favor a certain location when she pees in the house? The site of the puddle may indicate the cause. For example, does your dog display a preference for a certain kind of surface (paper or towels or a concrete floor, for instance) or for a specific piece of furniture? This may suggest that the dog was previously trained to pee on a specific surface material and needs retraining, or perhaps she is choosing a place that smells strongly of something she associates with peeing.
- Is there a psychological reason for the problem? Some dogs might pee during greetings, while getting petted, or when they're being scolded. In these cases, it might be a sign of overexcitement, fear, or shame. Does the peeing seem personal, i.e. does it seem to be aimed at a specific member of the household? A dog may use their pee as an attention-seeking act or as a form of aggression. Does the random peeing only happen when you leave, even though you've taken the dog out already? If so, separation anxiety may be the cause.
- Lastly, are you sure you are being completely consistent? If there is any chance your own actions have contributed to your dog's confusion, you should take this into consideration. Have you been walking your dog consistently and for enough time? Do you follow a regular schedule or have you been somewhat lax or erratic? Have there been any other changes or additions to the household (a guest, a trip, a newborn baby, a recent move) that may have disrupted the routine?
Any of these circumstances may cause a dog's training to falter, so before you jump to conclusions that your dog is bad or incapable of being trained, make sure you have considered every possible cause.
Additional Tricks to Stop Your Dog from Peeing Everywhere
For stopping your dog from peeing all over the house, you might purchase a liquid from the pet shop that smells like pee. Drip it on the place you want your dog to go (on newspaper for example, if you're training your dog to urinate in the house, as some people do). The smell of the liquid will invite your dog to pee on it.