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How Can I Get My Dog to Stop Peeing All Over the House?

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If your dog is no longer a puppy but continues to piddle in the house like one, here are some tips to help you.

If your dog is no longer a puppy but continues to piddle in the house like one, here are some tips to help you.

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 a new dog home. Because a puppy is still young and doesn't know better, it is inevitable that a puppy will pee almost anywhere in your house. 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 to train your dog the right way.

Establishing clear roles with your dog is an important part of training them where—and where NOT—to potty.

Establishing clear roles with your dog is an important part of training them where—and where NOT—to potty.

Establish Your Respective 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 they 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 to Establish Your Leadership

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 the way you say his name.

Communicate Clearly and Consistently

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.)

Learning how to talk to your dog will help him learn to listen.

Learning how to talk to your dog will help him learn to listen.

How to Talk to Your Dog

This depends on what you're talking to your dog about! There are two general ways to talk to your dog.

Be Firm and Strict When Correcting

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.

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Be Happy and Enthusiastic When Giving Praise

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.

As much as you may want your dog to listen to you, you must also learn to listen to your dog.

As much as you may want your dog to listen to you, you must also learn to listen to your dog.

How Your Dog Communicates With You

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. You must learn to interpret these signs.

Sometimes, the pee itself is a form of 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.

If you catch your dog in the act of peeing where she shouldn't, here's what to do.

If you catch your dog in the act of peeing where she shouldn't, here's what to do.

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 Isn't the 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Is your dog taking any kind of medication? Many drugs can disrupt a dog's system and cause frequent or uncontrollable urination.
  4. Does your 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

To stop your dog from peeing all over the house, you might purchase a liquid from the pet shop that smells like pee. Drip it in the place you want your dog to go (on newspaper for example, if you're training your dog to urinate in the house on potty pads, as some people do). The smell of the liquid will invite your dog to pee on it.

What works for you in toilet training your dog?

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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Claire on August 29, 2020:

Bichion 7 years rescue dog had her four years , she has always peed in the house in winter , I ve spent a fortune on training and. She will only do it on a night , well tonight she comes on my bed and pees on it , I ve decided enough is now a enough ...what do I do with her ...not doing this anymore

Sarah on June 07, 2020:

I have a 7 month old puppy, who pees outside most of the time, but also has been caught after the fact peeing on a carpet, but more disturbing on our bed. We have a pet flap that has no door so gives her access to outside 24/7. She does all other business outside and when we go for walks. Can anyone suggest the best way to train her out of these tendancies

Emma on June 02, 2020:

I have a 8 year old chihuahua who will not stop peeing and pooping all over the floor we have tried everything and she will not stop finally we got to a point where she sleeps in a crate every night because im not staying up every night just having to watch her.

Jesus on March 31, 2020:

My buddy has a retarded husky and it ruined the floor in the living room, somebody please come kidnap this dog

cristy on December 14, 2019:

We have a dalmadore-boxer mix puppy. She is almost 6 months old. The foster had her doggy door trained, but we don't have a doggy door. She is crate trained, but occasionally piddles on the floor in our bathroom. She is quiet about needing to go out, so we have to be really diligent about paying attention to her when she is out. Has anyone tried the "bell" training. How has that worked for you?

Becki on December 05, 2019:

We have Australian Shepard mix who will be 2 in February. We rescued him at 3 months, his owners had just relinquished him a few days before. Ever since we got him he has peed and pooped in the kitchen.which was fine when we were trying to house train him, it wasn’t on the carpet. He’s never stopped. He’ll go outside and mark his territory several places, come in an poop in the kitchen. Then in a little while either I’ll smell something or stumble upon both poop and pee . I’ve even put him in the crate when we come in and then took him back out in about 20-30 min. Nope didn’t work I read to keep him on the leash with me, he about peed on my feet. We blocked the kitchen and he just went on the carpet in the dining room. I can’t have people over if my dog is pooping and peeing all the time— like 2-4 times day. My grandsons can’t come over. I can’t do this anymore. It’s emotionally and physically draining. My apartment stinks. I can’t do this Im ready to quit and give him to the spca

Robert Breese on November 13, 2019:

I have a 7 month old boxer I have to work at night I come home after my shift big puddles of pee everywhere I've tried cutting back his water it just won't stop what is my solution.

Terry R on October 10, 2019:

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he poops and pees in the house A LOT... So, leaving home is always a challenge for us. My wife and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

houndheaven on September 21, 2019:

I know most of the comments are old but I thought maybe some people who needed help with housebreaking dogs might still be clicking on this site. Here is what worked for me. I never read this anywhere but actually came up with this on my own. I have 3 rescue dogs who were all adopted as adults and they are inside much more than they are out. Two of my dogs (redbone hound and redtick hound mix,females) were both traumatized so I couldn't yell without scaring them . We would walk and walk them and they would hold it until they were inside (just pee). I figured that I had to make the dog actually motivated to not go inside the house. I got a pair of women's small support panties (very high waisted with strong elastic so they would stay on the dog better) and cut out a hole for the tail. When the dog was inside she wore the panties all the time. I only took them off her when we went outside for a walk or she was in the fenced yard.. Back in and panties back on! The very first day ,of course, she squatted in the living room and peed -all in her panties. I left the panties on her for about 5 minutes before I took her out and quickly hand washed the panties (really needed 2 pair) and dried them and put them back on her again in the house. Dogs HATE wearing soggy panties as much as a toddler does! I kept this up and she only had 1 more accident in the house about 2 weeks later. I started gradually not using the panties and she never ever had another accident in the house. BTW she was a 3 year old dog with PTSD who has turned into a wonderful loving and trusting house pet. This works so much better than punitive methods and doesn't scare the dog. When I got my redtick mix (1 year old) she was really scared and this method worked for her too. The hardest part was finding panties that fit snug enough to stay on the dog. If you know how to sew ( I don't ) you could even "downsize" a pair to fit a little dog. The ones that have short "legs" on the support panties are best. Seriously, I have thought about marketing these in different sizes. Note that they are not a diaper. You want the dog to feel a wet bottom that is uncomfortable for several minutes when he goes in the house. He will quickly associate urinating outside with a dry bottom. I hope that I have helped someone. BTW the is only for adult dogs,puppies are a whole different thing.

Felicia on June 21, 2019:

My dog is almost a yr old been trying to train him i do have a female both are rescues and she used to pee in that spot now he does he was just fixed thought that would help but didnt at all...been trying to train basic commands to him as i did with my female but he just wont get it basic commands like sit no he knows but paw lay down etc. Nope tried with treats and seperating hes too interested in my f3male he pees in the spot she used to and i have cleaned it numerous times but even when i take out he wont leave the porch sometimes specially raining cause my female does it so he tends to follow her foot steps she basically rais3d him too we got him at 6 or 8wks old and hes almost a yr now but i have been trying 3verything i kno little bits on training but even cage i just got for him caus3 the chewing too he chews all of our shoes just the one on each sets...i dont have alot of money at all and i dont wanna have to get rid of him but i dont kno what else to do my floor is prob rotted from all the pee! Nothing seems to work and i am finding myself a huge mess with anxiety and depression b3caus3 i clean and they keep doing the same thing peeing all over that area which is a decent sized area...please help me figure out what i can do and he doesnt have any issues from what i kno he just got fixed a few wks ago may 31st 2019 no meds nomore just for yhe 3days after nuetering...i can not stand the smell my brain literally tells me to hold my breath caus3 i cant stand anything that smells bad and im not getting sleep and im finding myself a huge hott mess and i also have 2 little ones a 5yr old and a 4yr old son and daughter so im really losing it over here i clean and clean and clean constantly looks and sm3lls like i dont do anything! Im done and tired and overwhelmed please can someone help me figure out what i can also try and do i have tried a few things like i said but nothing seems to be working i have tried everything that is on this page and on others im seriously at a lodlss and nvr dealt with an animal like this i hate to say it but i think hes rdally just that stupid thinks with the wtong head even tho he is fixed now still gotta get my female fixed! I dont just have money like that takes me some time to get that much money up! 450 bucks for my female to be fixed...i also am looking at training class3s but again i ront have mon3y like that so i would like to try other ways first the free and cheaper ways and myself again i kno basic training i have trained all my animals my cats are all trained just this dog i can not s3em yo get him yo do anything! And i have smacked his butt numerous times hes a pit and all muscle so dont think it phases him...please please help me sry gor the book but im losing it and idk what to do!

LaDonna Ballard on June 12, 2019:

My puppy is two months old she is a lab! I try to potty train her to where she goes outside she was doin really good but now she is peeing on my floor (don’t have carpet) and when I put potty pads down in her pin when I go to work she tears them up!! What can I do to fix this.. I put her nose it and tell her no peeing on my floor but it ain’t working ...

Nichola on May 10, 2019:

Wow how refreshing. This really helped. Great advice Thankyou

Nikki E on April 30, 2019:

To Dorthy E (posted 3 years ago-scroll way down! to he her post):

Your comments were spot on. Being a woman myself I totally agree with your post from top to bottom. All dogs are different, each has a unique way of reading its alpha in the house which HAS TO BE THE HUMAN IN CONTROL (YOU). I've had a dog who never needed more than a firm voice and a couple trips outside to grasp the "outside is the outhouse go forth and conquer ". I've had a couple that needed a gentle swap from a rolled up newspaper over the course of a couple days to grasp the concept.

Now... I have been humbled by my latest rescue. He's a 9 lbs sweety pie Papillon Chihuahua mix of 18 months. It took 2 days to get a name his ears perked up to so it stuck: Buddy. He loves to cuddle, stay very close and sleep under my covers when I let him sleep with me the first 3 weeks. Over that time we worked on coming to his name, going outside to my fenced in smoking area, which is at least 350 sq. ft., 2/3 is cedar chip, every 2 hours during the day. I hardly ever saw him peeing & pooping but when I did he got lots of hig pitched "good boy's". He was very happy with those praises and playfully responded to them. He is what I would call a shy pee'er. Assuming I was correct we would head back inside. So, 3 weeks into this behavior the rain came. He wanted nothing to do with "going outside to the outhouse" after that. Mostly it's been a war of attrition since then. When I have taken him outside... nothing. Walking to the car to go to work w/ me Thur/Fri resulted in him pooping and peeing when I jumped out to geap a Togo coffee inside the gas station. He was very guilty BOTH times he did this. So he knows this is behavior I do not want. Yet he continues. Strong language and a 1x nose to the middle puddle then outdoors only reinforces his behavior of not wanting to pee or poop when I take him out. I am at my wits end. Any step by step assistance changing his behavior will be very much appreciated. Thanks!

Jean cesar on April 13, 2019:

Do you guys want to know how i stopped my puppy from peeing inside? I tried everything and nothing worked one dsy i was cleaning after him using a map and he came right by me and start peeing i hit him with the bottom of the map. As a result, he stopped pering inside and he would run for his life whenever he sees a broom or a map. My samoyed would pull me so hard that it became impossible to walk him one day i lost patient and hit him from behind using while saying stop. Ever since that happened when i notice he would get ready to pull.inwould raise my hand and said stop and he would walk normal until the behavior is gone

Jon on March 03, 2019:

I got my wife a 2 year old dog for her birthday. No matter what we do what we clean with or how often we take her outside she will pee in two corners of our home. We will make sure she uses the bathroom outside both 1 and 2 and then we let her in she will immediately go and pee in the corner or poop. We have tried just about everything. We let her out 8 maybe more times a day.

Tamara on February 09, 2019:

After I finished reading all the comments I think it is okay to give a starling light poke or jab to correct the peeing inside only when you catch the dog in the act. The reason being when you watch Ceasar he does the same thing for any corrections. Just a starling poke not smacking or beating on your dog. Also layering on the love when your pup shows good behavior will make the dog gradually learn what is expected of him and want to please you.

Tamara on February 09, 2019:

It is tiring I thought I had my six month old shorkie Ollie potty trained but obviously not Ollie has had two accidents again in same spot in the past two days. I use and enzyme cleaner but he just squats all the while looking at me and pees. I swear he does it on purpose cause he understand a lot of words including " Want to go outside pee?" "Car ride" " Sit" "Come" so its not like he is stupid. etc. He also knows how to whimper cause he wants me to play fetch but can't manage to whimper to let me know he has to go outside. It actually infuriating but at least so far its been on the floor and not the carpet. I hear they will boredom pee and or mark. Ollie is getting neuter in three days I hope that helps. Dog are not so easy to train in my experience cats are so much easier. I am really frustrated.

monica on November 02, 2018:

my dog is over 6 years old. I think he had never been trained. He goes outside just to comeback in and use it in the house. I'm just sick and tired of it., because he even jump in the bed and wet the bed but not only that he also do number 2 in the bed.

Rungy on October 21, 2018:

your comments on search, results, shows the word Chihuahua, but your page, fails to mention that word again, is this a catch..?

Rose on October 14, 2018:

My boys have a 3 year old pit bull corgi mix and she pees on my floor every night i have done everything to try an get her to stop but i have no luck she also poops on the floor but when she goes outside she don't seem to like to poop what should i do next any ideas

Karen Block on October 06, 2018:

Yes I have a nine weeks old puppy a miniature Australia puppy and I use the pee pads and she has gone on them and then there are times that she goes on my floor so I'm not potty trained a dog before and we clean up the place that she had peed and sprayed the spot is there something that I'm doing wrong

Rose on July 27, 2018:

is there something i can mop on the floor my 8year lab gos out and poops but when she comes back in she gos and pee in the back bedroom

patricia on June 14, 2018:

my dog won't pee outside. what do i do

Emily0115 on June 06, 2018:

@Amanda We had problems with our dog also. He used to pee or poop inside of our house all the time when left alone. Both my husband and I work a lot and had no time to take our Pringles to dog training classes. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do. He has recommended me this online dog trainer. . It's cheap but it delivered the needed result, we are not ashamed to invite some guests over anymore.

MsJonestown on June 05, 2018:

We got a female dachshund puppy in April (2018) and she was paper trained by the breeder. The first 2 weeks (being very cold and snow storm) she went on the paper. After that she has been trained to go outside. She is now 17 weeks old and is doing quite well (I'm retired so home with her all day). We have determined however when my daughter comes home from work in the evening and doesn't sit and play with her immediately she will piddle, sometimes right in front of us; even if she has gone out and went potty shortly before my daughter arrives home. Also if my daughter sometimes has been showing her attention and then stops and has a brief conversation with me the puppy will do the same thing. I know it is a jealousy issue and there are no health issues; she also holds her urine all night (10 hours). Help...what do we do?

Rufus the beagle on March 27, 2018:

Ok so I just got my puppy 2 days ago and he's 8 months and he's been a outside dog since the second he hit the floor in southern Virginia and now I've bought him inside and he wants to pee and poop all over the house yu would think that he would want to go outside to do it how come he wont? on March 05, 2018:

I try everything don't know what else to do ,please help me I love my Bella so much , but I work come home peepee all over the place my husband is home days ,I home evening help help help

LeAnn Craddock on March 04, 2018:

I'm disabled which makes it a LOT harder, I have help but the people we got her from I think had a mill AND I Know she's older than what they said. I also think she was medicated as she was all but totally feral when I got her. ....but didn't know. I don't just throw dogs away, but she is hurting me physically, I can't get her to stop going to the bathroom in the house (at times) she has gotten better but..She use's a cage at night and finally doesn't go in there anymore and we actually have blankets and a soft sheet in there. No problems anymore with that, once a good while back. It's been months and i'm ready to give her up. I don't want to....PLEASE HELP.

Jessica on February 15, 2018:

I have a 6 year old pit bull and she still pees in my house! Although she doesn't do it during the day, only at night and its always in the same area (my hallway) we've already had to put down tile where she used to pee because it was so bad it was caving my floor in ( it was right in front of our guest bathroom)...mind you she's an 85 pd pit bull!! Anyway now she's goes in from of my boys room which is in the same hallway. I know she knows it's wrong because when I find it she tucks her ears back and looks all guilty and hides. I'm just so over it because she doesn't do it all the time but enough to where it's starting to mess that part of my floor up any ideas of what I can do?!? I've sprayed the replant I've shampooed my carpet numerous times I've even did the vinegar thing!! I'm literally at my wit's end with it because I know she knows better and it's ruining my floor not to mention the smell

..oh and I have three other dogs that I'm sure follow her lead in the whole peeing thing

Alma Costa on February 13, 2018:

I have a 2 yr old Shitzu. My husband is a trucker and he had to take our dog with him because the truck is the only place he won’t pee in. If we bring him into the house, any house he will pee inside even if we’ve just taken him out. We have to put pampers on him because it is excessive. He’ll go through 5-6 pampers a day if he’s in the house but does not need to wear one on the truck. My husband takes him out to pee on the truck at least 3 times a day. When he’s home we take him out every hour and he still owes on his pamper

Veronica on January 10, 2018:

I have s six month old Schnoddle she is a toy schnauzer and toy poodle mix! I got her when she was 4 months old. she is a very fun and loving dog she adores my grand child they play for hours when they come by, but she has a problem with pee peeing on my bedroom and bath room rugs. I use the pee pee pads too I place them in a corner in my kitchen.. What I notice is I have to change it often if she pees on it a lot! which tells me she is a very clean dog that does not want to go in a soiled area, just like we would not want to use a toilet that has not been flushed. I praise her when I see her go pee or poop on her pads. and she always looks to see if I am watching! lol But when she goes on my rugs I will show her what she did in a stern voice and then take her to her pee pee pad and tell her go potty on paper because I put news paper up under them and they are on a try like you use for a large dogs try for food. she knows this is her area to go! I have given her a tap or two on her behind when she does not go on them, but I will check to see if her pad is full which means she does not want to go on them! So those of you who do use the pee pee potty training dog pads make sure they are clean. I usually clean with a little bleach and pine soil every day sometimes twice a day if necessary. I plan on training her to go outside more in the spring because we live in Wisconsin and she can not stand to be outside right now!

stan is a dick on December 18, 2017:

stan , your a dick. Dont have kids.

Kerry Matthews on December 06, 2017:

Can anyone tell me why my dog eats her own poo? I'm trying to train her inside and outside of the house, it's only been 2week's of walking outside and has only urinated twice outside. When she's inside she will poo on the carpet then start to eat it? ??

Jeff Law on November 06, 2017:

We got Missy 8-9 years after she lived with another person, We think she was abused. The owner was dying of cancer and could no longer afford to take care of her , nor pay for a good kennel. She was sheltered a month before we adopted her. We have 4 other dogs, but we were told she got along well with others. She does not. She is extremely protective of me, and wants me to herself all the time . She is highly active and energetic as well. The others are a threat to her it seems, and they are rescues and peaceful, and she is aggressive with all but the alpha male. She is either scared or aggressive if she is not touching me. She pees daily inside most days in or near the same spot, near my bedroom in the hallway . She prefers to hide under my bed if there is any commotion. I suspect she is telling everyone that THAT is her territory only when she pees by the doorway . I think she was overly disciplined as well as terribly insecure and seems terrified at times, when she is not bullying. I think she is a Belgian Malinoise. We recently fostered a lab pup until we located an owner and that happy pup left yesterday. The pup was not intimidated at all by Missy. That pup was never housebroken either, so there was a pee off . I thought that since the pup was now gone that Missy might settle down and relax a bit more, but she's peed 3 times inside today and pooped once inside , which is rare. She knows where to go outside and usually goes there, we have a doggy door. I will take her into the vet this week, we still don't have papers on her either from her owner who keeps wanting money for her own health care too. Missy is terrified of a leash and a collar as well, and gets submissive quickly when I pull one out for show...she heads for under the bed........she also gets very angry when I squirt her when she is harrassing the peaceful dogs. If I try to touch her when she is angry, she gets angrier, but will not bite me......Help ! ?

Denise on September 24, 2017:

My mom has a 2 year old Yorkie. Wen we got her a year ago she was not potty trained. She will not go to the door to go outside but for the most part goes when we let her out. Although anytime mom goes to pick her up to take her out she will pee while being picked up. And she knows it's wrong. My question is what can we do about this? We have had dogs our whole life and have never had a problem like this. If we casually distract her and act like she's not going out I manage to have no problem. Confused and in need of some sort of info

Melissa on September 19, 2017:

Hi I have been successful with training all the dogs I've ever owned by crate training them. The only one I haven't done well with is a Male Chiawawa he marks everything that sits on the floor and I have even neutered him. But I want to say to the person "confused" that never do I think it's a good idea to giv a puppy run of the house they need small confined areas at a time with constant observation and when your not able to do that they should be in their crate for the first year and gradually enlarge the crate as they grow. A dog will not pee in their sleeping area. Take them out immediately in the morning and every hour when your home and at bedtime. Praise with treat and hugs this will work I promise unless u have a little demon like the chiawawa .. uhh I dnt kn wat to do with him .

Confused on September 06, 2017:

We have a pit puppy and have had him since he was 8 weeks. He is now 4 months and deiving me nuts. We live in a condo so we are house training. He used to pee all over our bedroom we keep him in our room and have placed pee pads in the bathroom which he knoes to go on. We also keep him in a dog cage in the room to sleep in. Well he stopped peeing on our rug for the most part. The problem is that when we let him out into the rest of the house he pees on all the comforters in the kids rooms! He has on ours a few times also! I immediately repremand him and put him back in the cage or the bathroom!! I leave him be for a few hours and je does the same thing! HELP!!!!!!

Ariana on August 30, 2017:

Hi, I had recently picked up a 12 week old puppy, I named him Maverick. Before we got him, the owner at the time told me that she has been training him on pee pads, and that he's doing very very well and only has an accident every once in awhile. I get it, I took him from his family and this is an entirely new environment, but hes been acting up bad. When I first brought Maverick into his new home, I put a pad down and he immediately when potty on the pad, so I thought "awesome, this will be easy" thinking he obviously knows thats the place to go potty. I work with him day by day, but my patience is running low. I have had him almost a month, some days he will use the pad the entire day, won't have one accident and then the next day I wake up to pee all over my carpets. I know he knows what he's doing is wrong because he will pee or poop and then put his head down and sit in a corner because he knows it was wrong. There was a pee pad right next to him and he decided to walk all the way into the back bedroom to do it!!!! ugh its driving me crazy and I love him to death, but its gotta stop, my house is starting to smell like a sewage plant. I do discipline him, I do not abuse him or scream at him. When he pottys on the floor, I show him what he's done and with a firm voice I tell him no. Then, I bring him to his pad and tell him thats where you need to go potty. Even when he poops on the floor, I will pick up the poop and put it on the pad so he knows thats where to go. Everytime he uses the pad I give him a bite size treat and tell him hes a good boy. He knows what hes doing is wrong, but he continuously does it. In all other aspects, he doesn't act up. He listens when I take him on walks, he comes to me when I call his name, he sleeps in my bed and he's treated like a king. But when he pottys elsewhere other than the pad or outside, I put him in his crate for 10-15 minutes after showing him what he did wrong and also showing him where to do it. If I didn't put him in his crate to show him that was wrong, he will just hop up on the couch and think everything is all good, but its not. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?? SOMEONE HELP!

Rosales on August 05, 2017:

If you dont want your dog peeing in carpets than take away the carpets when your not there or gone or you can tell the dog no do not pee on the carpet or floor and show were they are supose to pee. Another. Way is to tiy them up when your gone dogs cry when they are left home tied but leave him or her the pee pad then they will know they have to pee there thanks guys.

Will on July 13, 2017:

Lot of kids who've never been spanked in prison...lots of dogs who have never been spanked in the pound.

Amanda on March 16, 2017:

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers..

My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

Doesn't Matter on March 08, 2017:

Some of you obviously have not been around dogs all your life and until someone who had a perfect child or puppy didn't know any different, no one did. I am of the older generation and watched my father train many dogs. I hate to burst your bubbles cause some of you might need therapy, but dogs and children are DIFFERENT! My father always trained his puppy's whom lived with us inside and he used rolled up newspaper. If the dog keeps peeing in the house then you haven't done something right and you are letting them control you. When the dog would mess in the house he would show the dog what he had done and sometimes put there nose to it. Then he would pop them on the tail with the news paper and take them to the door, bark and take them outside. Those dogs knew they were loved, but they also knew after a few weeks what they needed to do. That is the way I have always trained ours til this last puppy. Now he thinks he can do whatever he wants with this new "Dr Spoc" method. Guess what after the last few days we are going back to the old way. IT WORKS! You can't convince me other wise. I didn't say beat the animal either. If you do it right you want keep dealing with this. If you love animals then you will correct them and let them know. Don't be fooled. They are smart!

Radhika Gollapudy on December 21, 2016:

My dog ( Miniature Dashund ) sometimes pees outside but most of time she pees inside

deb on November 30, 2016:

found loads of great advice how to train my puppie,people need to get a grip if they get so upset by a small tap on a puppie or dogs nose if they mess,its not abuse ,and if it helps your house not smelling like a toilet then thats not a bad thing ,as if you allow your puppie or dog to keep peeing in your house then thats the real abuse its not heathy for your pet or you medically

Linmarie on October 28, 2016:

I have a wonderful Chi/Jack Russel mix. She is a wonderful dog and we are very bonded. She is 5 years old and will not be potty trained. I put pads down for her and she is pretty good about using them. If she doesn't hit them dead center I have a mess. The plastic backing makes it worse I originally got her for my adult Grandson. When he moved out the little one stayed. I love her very much. I must come up with a way to potty train her. I am 67 years old and disabled. I believe that a commitment to a dog is just that. I could not live with not knowing if she were being abused. After all, who wants a dog that's not potty trained? I have had her since she was about 5 months old. She is a wonderful, loving and loyal companion. The family I got her from had little kids that obviously pulled her tail. She is still sensitive about that.

I won't give her up but I need help. My carpet has been ruined and removed. She wants to please. She is a good girl. This potty thing is her only bad habit. I cannot afford a professional trainer. Any ideas? She has been using the pads for so long. I keep getting older and it's a difficult situation. Constructive ideas would be greatly appreciated

Thank you so much.

Packers2016 on October 20, 2016:

I love my dog but it's getting hard that she keeps peeing everywhere and looking me dead in my face, which causes me to hit her on the butt and she stops. She's actually my wife dog and we walk her and make sure she's not over drinking water each day and about to go the diaper route or make her stay outside and I built a dog house. I had enough and nothing pisses me off more than when she does it and looks me in my face or I almost slip and fall.

Ryan on October 06, 2016:

My dog pees and poops all over the house and nothing I do is working

jtrader on October 04, 2016:

That is something nobody wants to deal with.

Not A Bad Owner.. on July 07, 2016:

I am a proud owner of a 4 year old German shepherd husky mix. When I got her she was 6 weeks old peed on everything no matter what I tried and it was getting bad because I lived with my aunt and she didn't want to deal with it so I resulted in the "physical punishment" route and although it killed me to do so, my puppy begged to go outside and would hold it in for hours. It took maybe a month for her to really stop doing it and yeah it hurt a lot on both sides I'm sure but we haven't had an issue since then. She now will hold her bladder until I get home from work even if it's a full 8 hours of holding. It's not abusing your dog, it's discipline and for all who disagree with me I don't think I want to meat your kids. My dog, even though she went through all the pinishments for a month, loves me to death and I love her back even more and would die for her. It just shows how learning something early really leads to something they learn for life and makes both of us happy. And in the end that's what you're going for in a owner/pet relationship, you both want to be happy

Iris g on July 04, 2016:

Yes my Maltese is smart he waits till no one is around and pees! Then goes to a corner and sits and watches me till I see it,then hides when I call him, I'm tired of cleaning after him,

jerry on April 13, 2016:

I sat outside with my dog for around an hour waiting for him to go potty, i figured he just didn't have to go so we came in the house. I got a cup of Coffee and sat at my computer, thats when i smelled it, he waited till we came in the house to poop i was so frustrated what should i do ?

DorothyE on April 07, 2016:

To the person above calling himself "Screw This Article" -- First, your method actually makes sense, because often a dog is peeing indoors to mark territory, exert dominance, express jealousy, or is simply peeing out of spite. And sometimes, if a dog doesn't have a clear sense of which dog/person in the family "pack" is the alpha male (leader), it will try to claim that role and pee to mark territory & dominance -- or just to express its insecurity. So, your act of peeing on the dog's pee spot makes canine sense because your scent becomes top dog, so to speak. Peeing on the dog probably reinforces that and works, too, but seems unnecessarily demeaning. It's overkill -- well, overspill). Anyway, my point was that I'm female and peeing where my dog pees is an anatomical challenge. Aim is not an advantage for me. Also, I have a small, fast-moving dog, so peeing ON the dog is even more of a balancing act. So your ideas won't work in my case. For that reason, I must assert my alpha female / bitch role in a less primitive but still effective way, by being firm, in control, and consistent, as well as affectionate and predictable. The foundation begins with basic obedience training to establish my role as a leader.

I only use physical touch when I catch my dog doing the naughty, and then I do not use enough force to hurt; my dog is only 6 pounds and I could do damage with its little chicken legs if I broke bad on him! But I do intend to startle him, which is a type of pain, by nudging or tapping his shoulder or haunches sharply enough one or two times only to get his attention and then scolding in a clearly disappointed voice (tone, not volume, is what dogs respond to). I say, "No , go outside" and then pick him up to take him there. Lots of praise whenever deposits are left outdoors.

Being a dog owner is more than feeding and loving on a dog. It means staying in tune with my dog's moods and behavior -- knowing where my dog is all the time, for example, and recognizing "gotta go" body language -- maintaining a regular schedule that offers the security of a routine, and providing more than 30 minutes of exercise a day; and much more than that for positive human attention. Couch and lap time count, but long walks on a leash and rides in the car build a pack spirit and a sense of adventurous freedom. Dogs deserve a life outside the home, with plenty of smells to smell and legal places to pee!

A dog who knows you're in control, knows what to expect, and knows that there's plenty of affection along with your reliable boundaries is a happy dog. And a happy dog is a devoted dog, one who wants to please you by bringing you dead birds and refraining from peeing in the house! My method isn't perfect, but it's been working with the many quirky dogs I've raised. No method is perfect; no dog is perfect; no human is perfect. That's what makes it all so much fun!

All peed out on May 10, 2014:

My bulldog pees on the couch on my sister in laws pillow ,bed the refrigerator basically everywhere but outside even when the door is open all day what should I do or y would he be doing this

lola on March 16, 2014:

my 9 year old yorkie was trained to use the bathroom using pads and she is trained to use the bathroom outside. she is not confused at all. she does pee do to anxiety when I leave the house and I know she knows not to pee in the house because she hides! I don't believe that dogs necessarily need to be caught in the act because they are smart; they know after the fact that that is wrong.

dnha14 on March 14, 2014:

So WTF do you do when the effing dog is 8 years old?

Anon123 on December 30, 2013:

My dog pee'd in the house so I decided to take his iPad and cellphone away for a week. Afterwards, she didn't do it again.

Wow, society is hilarious. on December 25, 2013:

Ok dog lovers... Everyone on here is here, because they care about an animal and want to see proper behavior. While some people have an alpha voice and can lead their dogs to behave appropriately with out touching them , Others do not have that ability. No one was talking about animal abuse. Maybe I am biased, because if I did something I shouldn't be doing as a child... I'd get spanked. I'm alive... no real issues. My parents were not abusive, just stern. These dogs are beings. We need to show respect for their lives; however; nothing is wrong with the method of classic conditioning to train them. Reward when something is done well, and punish if the behavior will not be tolerated.

Many that are outraged for animal rights (when the animal is not abused at all), should be outraged when they see humans suffering as well.

Billy on October 19, 2013:

Hey, I wanted to say that I found this article interesting. I agree Stan, I probably wouldn't hit my dog either. I explained why it is bad in my article here

Stan15 on July 16, 2013:

I would never and will never "lightly" hit or even slap my dog.

Yeah on May 04, 2013:

I have these pups containing 2 different Shepherd blood lines. One of the lines is from trained attack police dogs. They are full-sized dogs. They are sweet and cute and emotionally attached to all of us but were designated for our two children. So, the children were learning to take them out for a walk to urinate and such. One of them bit my son. I tried lecturing her, but the next time he walked her she bit hard enough to draw blood. I could tell she was only playing and it was rough so I lectured her some more. Then, I gave her some treats to let her know we surely love her (and we do so much). Finally, the last trip with him we had to send our son to the hospital.

No, seriously, she did bite my son and I slap the ever loving crap out of her because this type of dog is hierarchical and needs to know who's the alpha. My son no longer walks because my son is eight and doesn't understand. I'm the alpha. Seriously, I'd never wallop a Pomeranian but some folks need to understand not all dogs are lap dogs before they get themselves (or others) into serious trouble with their "advice". Elevating some types of breeds to the status and dignity of humans can be dangerous.

These dogs NEVER give me any flack and, in return, I am every loving to them spoiling them rotten as long as they obey the ground rules. I'm well trained to teach them those ground rules, too. Knowing what you're doing is important.

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barbara on May 09, 2012:

i have kept two dogs for years and have always had top dog problems this is the price we pay for having two dogs they both like to leave their marks around the house !!!

Bianca on April 05, 2012:

I have a female yorkie,about 3 years old, she was housetrained, then we got another dog and all of a sudden the yorkie started peeing and pooping on my couches and beds. I don't know what to do anymore to stop her from doing it. Can anyone please please give me some advice?

Mpdoghandler on April 04, 2012:

When training our military working dogs slaps on the nose is educated training. So this man is doing nothing wrong. If its good enough for a dog the military considers more valuable then a soldier then it's good enough for common mutts.

celetic on March 27, 2012:

First of all, when I was a kid my mom used to back hand me any time I did anything wrong. I learned from it and didn't do it again. And we have a great relationship and it doesn't make me love her any less. Kids crave discipline just like dogs do. No one is talking about beating dogs, all they're talking about is training dogs and how they did it and OBVIOUSLY it worked. Who are you to judge. Stop getting you panties in a bunch. Dogs are very much like children and if you think a dog is a pet, I could easily say shame on you.

diablosdad on March 14, 2012:

My Husky has never peed in the house, but housebreaking him was a total pain. We got him when he was six weeks old. The first thing I did when I got him home was to carry him to the portion of my backyard that I wanted him to use. I think the key was my carrying him and not letting him walk or run. I did this every time I fed him, gave him water and whenever he got up from a nap. I did this for several weeks and he seemed to pick it up pretty quickly. Whenever I would take him out, he would run to the designated area and relieve himself. It was a very tedious task, but I believe it was well worth it. I also made sure to keep this area free of poop. He is 9 yrs. old and still has not messed in the house.

mommie of a shih tuz on March 09, 2012:

My dog is almost 10ten months now, she has been trained on the pee pad for 4months. We recently got her spayed, now she is peeing everywhere but on the pad. Has anyone else had this experience?

Neb on February 29, 2012:

It is NEVER okay to spank your dog. The argument that "But do you spank your child?": goes out the window. DOGS ARE NOT HUMAN CHILDREN! It's a wonder they haven't killed you yet. Like someone else said, a simple and firm "NO!" does the trick. Also... it's all in the energy you emit.

Like the dog whisperer sayd, "Calm, assertive energy".

gemma on February 27, 2012:

I have a four month old puppy and I'm trying to potty train her bit when I take her outside she won't go but she goes in the house when I'm not looking and it's never in the same area either its all over the place

Allison on February 02, 2012:

Great advice, thanks! I have a small 5 month old puppy. The breed is unknown because I picked her up from the streets. Anyway, she wont learn at all! When she was smaller, she would pee on the newspaper just fine but now shes really out of control. She pees on the beds, on the floor, everywhere! I take her out to the laundry room in the morning and cover the whole floor in newspaper, tie her up and let her eat and drink and then leave her for a while to do her business. But it seems like she wants to poo ANYWHERE besides the newspaper! So, I will consider looking for the liquid that attracts the smell to pee on the newspaper. Thanks.

pitty puppy on January 30, 2012:

You really do need to use rewards and punish by nose rubbing/verbal corection and a good slap on the ass.if the dog pissed on your bed recently, he/she know as soon as you look at the dog while near the area.they aren't being long as it was recent.I feel, for most dogs, only positive or only negative reactions/training are what confuse the dog.that's grey area.they need black and white.

jennifer on January 24, 2012:

Three dogs, four years old, let outside about 10 times a day to run in fenced yard and they still pee and poop inside!

Confused on January 23, 2012:

What happened to watching your dog for signs that it is going to urinate/deficate (running around in circles, sniffing the ground) and then immediately taking it outside? I have three dogs at home ranging in age from 7 to 11 and all three were trained using this method. And to the person who said to rub their noses in it - seriously? Dogs cannot make the link between something that happened ten minutes ago and what is happening now. Rubbing a dog's nose in its own urine only teaches it that you do strange things for no apparent reason.

wowzers on January 21, 2012:

A lot of angry people here!

If you disagree with swating your dog to teach them then say so like an adult instead of ranting like a child pls and maybe put in some of your own advice instead of just complaining about other peoples advice =) your not being productive,reasonable adults and you'll be ignored like you deserve.

Also lets not say Americans don't disipline their kids =) Some of us do and the first time my son told me after a spanking "My teacher said its child abuse to spank me" I picked up the phone and offered to call child services for him. He's 18 now and while hr isn't perfect,as none of us are,he doesn't steal,cheat,beat people up,do drugs or any other bs like that.While the spanking haters tend to have wild children who do all the above.

As for the peeing dogs...if you don't want to swat them then find out what they hate, a sound,a certain room,being left alone...what ever and do that as punishment.Either way there has to be punishment and "No!" Just doesn't cut it in my experience.

EVEN the best dog trainers tell you a sharp touch when nessesary tells your dog who's boss =)


Kadiasmomma on January 19, 2012:

Please help I have a 8 wk old puppy stray & he pees like.20 times a day I also have a 11 month.old & he pees in the living room & I have to hold kadia to clean it up I got him to pee on the pad today once but nkw he wont I don't know how to train jim I scold him & say no puppy & touch his fur I don't slap or pat but it doesn't help

puppylover on January 10, 2012:

oh there is sth else i wanted to say .whenever he pees or poops on the floor, i hit the floor with a rolled newspaper near his legs in order to teach him not to do that and then i put him on a newspaper and tell him that you should pee here.Do You think That This Is Effective?

puppylover on January 10, 2012:

hey guys , i have a dog is 6months old and sometimes when i touch his neck or hug him he bites my hand ! How can teach him not to bite?I tried holding his snout closed with my hand when he bit me but it didn't work.

Lily on December 01, 2011:

I have a 4 month old American Bulldog that just will not stop peeing inside. I know for a fact this dog won't learn from any technique tried. I leave the door open at night and put up a blockade right infront, so she can sleep inside, yet easily go outside to do her business.

The pup will go out to poo, yet come back inside to pee and sleep next to the pee.

This is disturbing, cause I'm being left having a cold house and the possibility of someone coming inside, yet the dog won't learn to pee outside.

I caught her in the act yesterday, and did yell (scream even) and had to punished her in the snout with a very gentle slap.

I hoped this would work, cause I couldn't catch her in the act before, since she would only pee inside at night.

To my shock, she pee'd again last night right next to her pillow which is getting really annoying since I'm left to clean up pee before I leave for work.

The dog knows she isn't allowed to pee inside, cause I can see her embarrassment in the morning when I'm angry and upset, yet she keeps on doing it every night.

And I know she's only 4 months, but we walk and jog every evening. and I leave the door open during the day which she uses to go out to pee and poo.

Why won't she just do it at night? is she lazy? dumb? afraid or just trying to annoy the hell outta me?

Heavy Rain on October 05, 2011:

I think I was a little too rough on my dog. I said "bad dog" too firmly. The little guy took it too hard and committed suicide. He overdosed on Alpo. It wasn't pretty.

weeky (author) on September 02, 2011:

Hi to all my dear readers.. Wow.. It has been quite some time since Ive read the comments.. I didn't know I've caused quite some unhappiness..

Im sorry if I gave bad advice.. I'm only sharing what I did that worked for me and my 3 dogs. Please do not take it if you disagree..

However Im really glad and thankful for each of you dog owners that helped to share your tips and experience in helping others

Dogs owners who are experienced, please continue to comment here and help the rest who are really in need of training their dogs. It would be greatly appreciated!

Peace guys! All the best in training your puppy/dog! Greetings from Singapore! :)

Leah on September 01, 2011:


I have a terrier mix rescue dog from lousiana and she is turning 2 in November..... The problem is that she is house trained but when SHE is mad at us she pees all over the house! We don't know why but its pretty much everyday and It gets very tiring!!! I need Help! If any of you have tips that would be great!

Thanks A Bunch!

tish on August 24, 2011:

I have 2 pugaliers and they are now 2 and a half years old. They are brothers, one is very well behaved but the other just pees everywhere, I am beginning to think that is a jealousy problem. He knows he is in the wrong when he does it as he cowers and runs off, even if i have walked in after he has done it, he knows that he shouldn't do it.

I still don't really fully understand why he does it as he will go to the toilet out side and then come back in and pee somewhere in the house!

It is driving me crazy but I would never give him away! If anyone has any ideas then they would be very much appreciated!

NEED HELP ASAP!!!!!!!!! on August 22, 2011:

I have a I have a year old pomeranian eskimo spitz she can get outside anytime but chooses to pee a few feet away from where the dog door is. We also have another dog a male pom/japanese chin un-fixed and she is fixed. what can I do if she doesn't stop im giving her away!

mattrevon25 on August 07, 2011:

that's fantastic my dogs listens to everything it he stopped peeing anywhere else...pamela you are insane for saying shouldn't have wrote a comment on here..if you want to say something negative then do it somewhere else not on here........

Pamela on June 29, 2011:

You should NEVER need to snack you dog....patience and persistance. Im sorry but i think you are a bit of an arse

*sara* on May 22, 2011:

Our puppy pees on newspapers located inside the house. Really, the best way is to watch the puppy for SIGNS (spinning, sniffing) If the puppy starts to squat, say "NO" and put her on the newspapers. Or, you can clean up the mess and put the mess on her newspapers and put the puppy there. It'll learn that that is the place where it can RELEASEL.

Dog Owner on May 19, 2011:

@ kim

I have an older dog (american esky) he is sensitive to just about everything, I found that Nutro natural dog food help him with his poo problems. Maybe when you change the dogs food, you need to slowly change the food starting at about 1/4 of new food the first day mixed with the old food and so on. If you feed your dog Wet dog food that may be the problem the dog poo, some dogs are sensitive to the wet or moist dog food. it may take up to a month to see if the new food works, but I hope this helps.

I cant say this will work for you, but it help me with my aging family dog :)

Dog Owner on May 19, 2011:

I have 2 puppies a basset hound ( 6 months), and a pug (8months). I have had dogs my entire life, tapping a dog when they are in the wrong will only teach them that if they get caught they get into trouble so they find other places to do the deed. Puppy training pads are to be used for dogs that stay inside for a long period of time, or are to young to get out side fast enough. The idea of the puppy training pad is to SLOWLY move the pad until the pad has reached the area that you desire your dog to go. I have personally trained dogs both with and with out the training pads, training pads does make it more difficult as the dog may start to think that ANY mat be it a rug, floor mat etc is an ok place to pee but like anything with time the dog will get it.

I have found that when you have more then one dog trying to train the dog to go outside can be more difficult as the dog may rather play then go to the bathroom, then when the dog gets back into the house realizes that he has to go and goes. My two newest puppies will both go on the pee pad and out side, I use the go hear spray at first to teach them it was ok to go there, and now by the pads with the built in scent. When the pup went on any other surface that i did not approve of I cleaned it well and sprayed with a vinegar/ water mix 50/50 i found works best, it does smell a little but glade airfreshner kinda gets rid of the harsh smell. everything takes time, it takes time to teach a child how to read, how to write, how to go to the potty, so this is no different. Which every way works for you works for you.

I feel that hitting of any kind should be the last resort, after everything else has been tried. but what ever you choose i am sure that it will be the right choice for you. :)

sorry if there is any spelling or grammar errors ;)

margaret Roe on May 16, 2011:

I have a 15 month jack russell which i got from a rescue pound. I have done everything in the book to stop him from peeing and poo in the house, I have him six weeks now and he still wees etc in the house, someone please help me or i will have to send him back.

kirsty on May 11, 2011:

what can i do my 1yr old king charles pees around the house but only when he thinks we are not around he has been crated since 4 months and he wees in there too i cant bring my self to punish him by force i have 4 children i don't believe in smacking them i don't want my children or pup too fear me

brian on May 03, 2011:

What can u do to stop dogs peeing in house.We need to have it stopped we have tried white vinegar but they still

Dog Owner on April 24, 2011:

If your dog is peeing all over the house it is most likely the dog. I have two siberian huskies.. One from a pup the other was a few months older when we get him.

Both are loved, treated well etc.. the dog that was few months older however has peed from day one. Sometimes you just get a dog with a bad bad bad habbit. As for not touching your dog or tapping.. I think that person has NEVER owned a big dog.. Its called dominance idiot!! not abuse.. !!! Im not sayign beat your dag but be dominant.. if your a push over like you sound you are then the dog will piss crap bite etc when ever they want.. dogs do it in a pack and you have to show them you are the boss. a light touch on the nose or tap NOT a hit and handling your dog to put them in a submissive submission will work in most cases.. if you listen to numb nuts then you will never get your dog to do anything but be the boss..

Diana on April 24, 2011:

some dogs (like humans) are just incorrigable. i tried the discipline, the "light tap" until I did begin beating the hell out of her. tomorrow i'm getting rid of her. 13 years of misery. want the answer? don't get an animal!!! They're highly over rated and a pain in the ass.

Tara on April 20, 2011:

I have a three year old German Shephard who in the last six months has decided to start urinating in the apartment. This started when I lived with a roommate who had a dog whom she let urinate everywhere. I had to start using puppy pads. I moved into a new apartment with a fenced in back yard. (BRAND NEW CARPET)I thought the problem was resolved because there was no other dog. The first month went perfect she did not go in the house once. She has started doing this again I have no choice but to use puppy pads when I'm not home. I know she doesn't have to go! I don't know how to correct this problem other than a crate which is not an option. PLEASE HELP BEFORE I KILL HER!

Mehdi on April 16, 2011:

Hi guys

I wonder how some of you are SILLY!!! crate train your dog, and they will learn to go potty in between 7 to 15 days depending on their breed.

Yes, negative reinforcement is necessary in some cases, but just if you have taught them where to potty and they get stubborn(which happens rarely). And you need to use this kind of reinforcement only once or twice!!! if with two times you did not see the result, start crate training all over again!!!

I live in the UAE and train SHEIKHES dogs! if my trainees do something wrong it has consequences for me, so when I speak about potty training I know what I'm saying!!!

good luck

EMT!1! on April 15, 2011:

ok i have this much to say... if anyone here knows anything about dogs, you would know that they are pack animals first of all. and if u knew how a pack structure works u would know that there is an alpha dog. period just one alpha dog. and when this alpha dog wants to correct a pack member its highly unlikely that he/she picks up her paw and spanks another dog... the alpha dog uses tone of "voice" to correct pack members... she also bites them on the ear lol however since it would seem rather unusual to bite ur pet... they also use swift "taps" to the dogs side to get the dogs attention... i can also say this much...i have learned that if a dog is LIGHTLY tapped on the hind end ONLY when being caught in the act... it is effective... dogs don't know what they are being fussed for after the fact and rubbing their nose in it and "spanking" them after the fact will do nothing but cause the dog to hide from you and do its business... slapping the dog on its nose will only cause the dog to associate the human hand with pain and will quickly cause the dog to fear human contact like petting because the dog will think when u come at him with a hand that u are gonna slap it... if u choose to tap the dog to disrupt what it is doing u should use a rolled up newspaper as the dog will associate the newspaper with the spanking rather than the hand

Dog lover on April 11, 2011:

Ok so I have a 2 year old chiuaua and she still pee s every where in my house and I really don't want to get rid of because she is a really good playful dog and she is my baby but see my mom said she is gonna have to go if she pee s one more time because she mad are carpets smell like dog pee and I don't know what to do please help......

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gabby on March 29, 2011:

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Carol on March 07, 2011:

We have a 6 yr. old poodle/terrier who has been pooping/peeing in the house lately. This started about a month ago and he does it when we are sleeping, so I never catch him. He goes out alot during the day and does his business, but for some reason he continues to do his business during the night. We need help.

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