How to Get Your Dog to Stop Peeing All Over the House?

Updated on September 22, 2014

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.

Communicating with your dog.
Communicating with your dog.

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.
How to talk to your dog.

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.

What your dog hears.
What your dog hears.

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.

Listening to your dog.
Listening to your dog.

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.

  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 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.
  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

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.

What works for you in toilet training your dog?

In addition to consistency, what seems to be working with you and your dog?

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      Rufus the beagle 4 weeks ago

      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?

    • profile image 7 weeks ago

      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

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      LeAnn Craddock 7 weeks ago

      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.

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      Jessica 2 months ago

      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

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      Alma Costa 2 months ago

      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

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      Veronica 3 months ago

      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!

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      stan is a dick 4 months ago

      stan , your a dick. Dont have kids.

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      Kerry Matthews 4 months ago

      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? ??

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      Jeff Law 5 months ago

      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 ! ?

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      Denise 7 months ago

      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

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      Melissa 7 months ago

      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 .

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      Confused 7 months ago

      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!!!!!!

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      Ariana 7 months ago

      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!

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      Rosales 8 months ago

      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.

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      Will 9 months ago

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

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      Amanda 13 months ago

      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!!!!

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      Doesn't Matter 13 months ago

      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!

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      Radhika Gollapudy 16 months ago

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

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      deb 17 months ago

      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

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      Linmarie 18 months ago

      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.

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      Packers2016 18 months ago

      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.

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      Ryan 18 months ago

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

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      jtrader 18 months ago

      That is something nobody wants to deal with.

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      Not A Bad Owner.. 21 months ago

      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

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      Iris g 21 months ago

      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,

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      jerry 2 years ago

      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 ?

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      DorothyE 2 years ago

      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!

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      All peed out 3 years ago

      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

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      lola 4 years ago

      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.

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      dnha14 4 years ago

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

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      Anon123 4 years ago

      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.

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      Wow, society is hilarious. 4 years ago

      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.

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      Billy 4 years ago

      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

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      Stan15 4 years ago

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

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      Yeah 4 years ago

      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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      martellawintek 5 years ago

      hi trevor sorry mate i`v took so long here is the site

      filling address , they have a wealth of knowledge ,just say martells give you there number

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      barbara 5 years ago

      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 !!!

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      Bianca 6 years ago

      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?

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      Mpdoghandler 6 years ago

      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.

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      celetic 6 years ago

      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.

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      diablosdad 6 years ago

      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.

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      mommie of a shih tuz 6 years ago

      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?

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      Neb 6 years ago

      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".

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      gemma 6 years ago

      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

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      Allison 6 years ago

      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.

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      pitty puppy 6 years ago

      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.

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      jennifer 6 years ago

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

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      Confused 6 years ago

      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.

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      wowzers 6 years ago

      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 =)


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      Kadiasmomma 6 years ago

      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

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      puppylover 6 years ago

      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?

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      puppylover 6 years ago

      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.

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      Lily 6 years ago

      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?

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      Heavy Rain 6 years ago

      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.

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      weeky 6 years ago

      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! :)

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      Leah 6 years ago


      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!

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      tish 6 years ago

      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!

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      NEED HELP ASAP!!!!!!!!! 6 years ago

      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!

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      mattrevon25 6 years ago

      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........

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      Pamela 6 years ago

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

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      *sara* 6 years ago

      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.

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      Dog Owner 6 years ago

      @ 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 :)

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      Dog Owner 6 years ago

      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 ;)

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      margaret Roe 6 years ago

      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.

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      kirsty 6 years ago

      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

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      brian 6 years ago

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

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      DumboMama 6 years ago

      Dear Dog Owner and weeky. Screw these idiots who says you're abusing your dog for spanking it. First of all, my parents would beat me when i would do bad things. I learned from getting beat not to do that (being bad)ever again. For those of you who call spanking your pet abuse, were you never punished and spanked for being bad by your parents???? Give me a fucking break if you say "NO". All i can say is that you must have been one spoiled ass child.

      If you were a parent and your child who is lets say (5 years old) Peed and pooped all over your couch everyday, would you let him/her continue to do this without punishing the child? I don't know about you but i would spank my child for doing that so you better be sure i will spank my dog as well. Even dogs bite other dogs to show they're alpha. So if mother dog bites her pup for being bad is that an abuse too? Give me a fucking break. I love my dog and i spoil the mess out of her but if she fucks up, i will spank my dog as i would my child.

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      Dog Owner 7 years ago

      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..

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      Diana 7 years ago

      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.

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      Tara 7 years ago

      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!

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      Mehdi 7 years ago

      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

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      EMT!1! 7 years ago

      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

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      Dog lover 7 years ago

      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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      paisley morrison 7 years ago

      what is the name of liquid?

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      gabby  7 years ago

      i have a puppy and she does that all the time this web site really hellped me with my problem!!!!!!!!!!.

      my dog knows her name missy,

      and she pees in my room in my sisters room its getting out of control.

      so i listend to this web site IT WORKED.

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      Carol 7 years ago

      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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      Loolootraining  7 years ago

      if the dog needs a clip for peeing in the house, then it needs a clip! Simple as.....Discipline is what's needed more of, in this world...............

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      Dog Trainer & Behaviorist 7 years ago

      Every ounce of this article should be ignored...and some of the methods the readers are resorting to are appalling and should be avoided at all costs. Hitting, yelling, spanking or otherwise punishing your dog will only result in damage to your dog's emotional well-being and destroy any relationship you have with your animal. Canine psychology and research tells us that a dog can ONLY understand a praise or a correction within 2 SECONDS of the action occurring...that's right, a mere 2 SECONDS. This means that if you see the dog do something you like (such as sitting when you say 'sit') you must offer a treat or praise within 2 SECONDS or the dog will not understand that sitting was what caused you to reward him or her. Likewise, if the dog does something undesirable, such as peeing/pooping in the house, they will NOT make the connection if you bring them back to the accident AFTER the fact and scold them. All they understand is that you are angry....THAT is the reason you may see your dog exhibit a 'guilty look.' Dogs want to please their owners and while your dog understands that you are displeased, he has no absolutely no idea why! If you want your dog to understand that peeing/pooping indoors is a no-no, YOU MUST CATCH THEM IN THE ACT. If you see your dog peeing/pooping in your home, quickly interrupt the dog by saying 'ut ut' and immediately scoop the dog up and take them outside to finish the act. IF YOU MISS THE DOG HAVING THE ACCIDENT AND FIND THE 'EVIDENCE' LATER, it is TOO LATE to scold the dog; you have missed the crucial 2 second window. Clean up the mess, let it go, and keep a closer watch so that you can catch the dog in the act next time. If you return your dog to the 'scene of the crime' and push their face into the pee/poop, scream, yell, hit or otherwise punish your dog, all you will succeed in doing is causing your dog to be wary and scared of you...that's all! When you leave your home or are unable to keep a close eye on your untrained dog, crate him or her. This is not at ALL bad for the dog if the dog is crate-trained properly. When you first get a puppy, take the dog out every hour and give them a chance to eliminate. It is helpful to pick an eliminate command and say this command as they are doing the act. Then give the dog a treat within 2 seconds of the dog finishing his or her business. The dog will begin to associate the word you say with what they are doing (peeing/pooping). The general rule is the puppies can hold their bowels/bladders 1 hour for every month they are old, i.e. a 2 month old puppy should be able to 'hold i' for 2 hours. Make sure to take your puppy outside after naps, right before bed, right after waking up in the morning and after each meal. There are all sorts of effective training methods that will get you the results you want without causing physical or emotional harm to your animal. Research 'positive reinforcement training'--there are a lot of valid suggestions online about how to utilize these methods. Please note: dogs that have been rescued from neglectful situations or puppy mill environments are significantly more difficult to housetrain since they have often been forced to eliminate in their crates or pens. When a dog begins to eliminate in the same place he or she eats and sleeps, it is a very difficult habit to reverse. This is common with some pet store dogs as well--it depends on how well the store (and kennels) are maintained. Hope this helps someone!

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      Dog Trainer & Behaviorist 7 years ago

      Every ounce of this article should be ignored...and some of the methods the readers are resorting to are appalling and should be avoided at all costs. Hitting, yelling, spanking or otherwise punshing your dog will only result in damage to your dog's emotional well-being and destroy any relationship you have with your animal. Canine psychology and research tells us that a dog can ONLY understand a praise or a correction within 2 SECONDS of the action occurring...that's right, a mere 2 SECONDS. This means that if you see the dog do something you like (such as sitting when you say 'sit') you must offer a treat or praise within 2 SECONDS or the dog will not understand that sitting was what caused you to reward him or her. Likewise, if the dog does something undesirable, such as peeing/pooping in the house, they will NOT make the connection if you bring them back to the accident AFTER the fact and scold them. All they understand is that you are angry....THAT is the reason you may see your dog exhibit a 'guilty look.' Dogs want to please their owners and while your dog understands that you are displeased, he has no absolutely no idea why! If you want your dog to understand that peeing/pooping indoors is a no-no, YOU MUST CATCH THEM IN THE ACT. If you see your dog peeing/pooping in your home, quickly interrupt the dog by saying 'ut ut' and immediately scoop the dog up and take them outside to finish the act. IF YOU MISS THE DOG HAVING THE ACCIDENT AND FIND THE 'EVIDENCE' LATER, it is TOO LATE to scold the dog; you have missed the crucial 2 second window. Clean up the mess, let it go, and keep a closer watch so that you can catch the dog in the act next time. If you return your dog to the 'scene of the crime' and push their face into the pee/poop, scream, yell, hit or otherwise punish your dog, all you will succeed in doing is causing your dog to be wary and scared of you...that's all! When you leave your home or are unable to keep a close eye on your untrained dog, crate him or her. This is not at ALL bad for the dog if the dog is crate-trained properly. When you first get a puppy, take the dog out every hour and give them a chance to eliminate. It is helpful to pick an eliminate command and say this command as they are doing the act. Then give the dog a treat within 2 seconds of the dog finishing his or her business. The dog will begin to associate the word you say with what they are doing (peeing/pooping). The general rule is the puppies can hold their bowels/bladders 1 hour for every month they are old, i.e. a 2 month old puppy should be able to 'hold i' for 2 hours. Make sure to take your puppy outside after naps, right before bed, right after waking up in the morning and after each meal. There are all sorts of effective training methods that will get you the results you want without causing physical or emotional harm to your animal. Research 'positive reinforcement training'--there are a lot of valid suggestions online about how to utilize these methods. Please note: dogs that have been rescued from neglectful situations or puppy mill environments are significantly more difficult to housetrain since they have often been forced to eliminate in their crates or pens. When a dog begins to eliminate in the same place he or she eats and sleeps, it is a very difficult habit to reverse. This is common with some pet store dogs as well--it depends on how well the store (and kennels) are maintained. Hope this helps someone!

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      kim 7 years ago

      also can any-one tell me how i can stop my puppy form eating his own poo??

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      kim 7 years ago

      hi i posted on here a few weeks back & still having no luck... he DOES go outside and very happy with going outside, but at night when no-one is about he will go inside and if its raining he will go inside! its driving me mad!!! im moving out soon into my own place & really cant be having him doing his buisness inside! iv tried so many things to help but nothing works !! spent so much money buying him things to help but again nothing!! i just don't understand why he keeps going inside when he knows & gets little treats for doing it outside!

      at first i got told to never smack the dog, but now people saying give him a little tap on the nose or bum, which iv started doing & still he does it inside!!!



      he has terrible problems with his poos, iv tried sooo many things, change of food, not feeding him for 12 hours... everything that books, internet, even vets have adviced me but his poos are still so runny & green! can anyone help with my problems, i don't want to give him away but when iv got a young child to think of, i cant have him doing things like this x

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      Anna  7 years ago

      I also had trouble with my animal. I tried every trick in the book, nothing at all worked. My dog knew he was not suppose to go in the house but did it anyway. After 2 years I was fed up. I loved my dog but was not living like a nasty person. it took one good time of spanking that butt and he never went inside again. We had a wonderful relationship.

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      You Don't Need To Hit Them 7 years ago

      I've been a certified professional dog trainer for 11 years and I've never needed to hit any dog. Touching or restraining them is required sometimes to get their attention but I love every dog I've worked with and wouldn't ever hurt them. Even the ones with behavior problems that have hurt me. They're animals. They don't know right from wrong and they can't be good or evil.

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      AnnieMoose 7 years ago

      Ignorance. So much ignorance. If you want any living thing to fear you, hurt it. If you want any living thing to respect you, teach him. If you want anything to love you, love it. Hurting someone or something is almost always unnecessary. Because your dog doesn't pee in the house after you've hit him for doing so only proves you were not intelligent enough to find a kinder method of teaching. The same is true for parenting children.

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      kim 7 years ago

      i have a 17week old puppy, he is a great playful cute little baby,i love him to bits but he has got a poblem with peeing & pooing in the house.

      i got him from the rspca and he was in a kennal for at least 7weeks, so im quessing he is so used to doing his buisness in his sleeping area too.

      but he does do his business outside, which i cant understand, i have pee pads down for him and he uses them aswell as going ouside, but he will go out side have a run about & come straight back in & do a wee or poo! i have seen him do his buisness outside but he still messes indoors, sometimes not even on the pee matt, he has got the freedom of a dog flap which he does use as i have two older dogs!.... am i doing something wrong, can any-one help me.

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      Flex 7 years ago

      Guys.. he didnt mean SLAP! he meant light slap/tap..

      why would he tell u to slap ur dog hard? he meant that u must just tap your dog...

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      Boo boo 7 years ago

      I love my dog.... He will stop peeing....

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      mattbluesman 7 years ago

      @lilstar Of course you have to slap. you can't teach without both positive and negative reinforcement, That's why alot of peoples kids don't listen anymore.

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      gearhead 7 years ago

      I have had dogs for most of my life and if you catch them in the act or them just being a ahole need a well deserved swat. All my critters respond positively and lesson learned, life is good. I had a 9 month old chihuahua that peed in the house because he was to lazy to go outside. Finally had enough, grabbed him by the scruff, screamed at him and slid him outside like a bowling bowl. He never did it again. I hate to be so harsh but sometimes you either do it or they end up in a shelter. Cannot and will not put up with bad manners or habits.

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      dog owner 7 years ago

      i have a pack of 5 dogs.... sometimes it is completely necessary to give the dogs a little "spank" on their hind quarters so they who im scolding... if not they all think they are in trouble. i don't by any means beat my dogs I just give them a swat as hard as i would my 3 year old son. its not meant to hurt them, just to let them know i am the boss and i mean business. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!!

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      Zug Zug 7 years ago

      I hear fapping your dog works better than slapping.

      Fap! Fap! Fap!

      Then he/she just falls asleep for the rest of the day.

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      babieblue 7 years ago

      ok so i was reading through the posts and seeing what everyone was saying when i read lil stars post and he/she/it is dumb making hispanic people look illiterate if they cant use correct grammar that's on them and they need to go back to school! anywho back to the subject at hand, there is nothing wrong with spanking a dog or a child if half of u were spanked and taught right as children half the crime and other crap wouldn't be going on! my chidren are good children and they get spankins if they are bad enough! and there is a difference between beating ur child and disciplining them so stop judging people go look in the mirror and fix ur damn self

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      Dee 7 years ago

      we can start by just disciplining with tone voice and words but if u don't see pet a little scared then this most likely will not work for this pet all pets have different personality like children all take different approaches to train. And if u must spank your pet this is not cruel, Its much more cruel to not do so and create a disobedient pet that u cant keep and ends up to a friend who cant keep then ends up in the pound and put under. Now what was more cruel a lil spanking or a pet no one can have as a house pet which is what it was born and created to be because its so bad now it ends up dead. So keep telling people not to pop there pets who are peeing after 6mths still in there home. lets bring all the peeing pets to u and u keep them from the ponds morgue let them disgrace your home don't spank them though stupid i spanked all my dogs ive had and cats they all loved me my 2 cats would act like a dog roll over sit and stay on command it must be done with love is the key just like kids ........

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      Confused dog owner 7 years ago

      I am the owner of a 16 month bitch staffordshire bull terrier.

      When we first got her (at around 10 months) she was completely house trained (bar the odd accident) but over the last 2 months (since her last season) she is constantly weeing and pooing everywhere.

      it started early hours of the morning and would go in the bathroom only, now she will sit infront of me and do it in any room she feels! She also used to give me a sign she needed

      The toilet by either licking my face, or grabbing my shoe.

      She knows she's in the wrong and cowards away immediately to her bed. She gets no little walks than ever before and gets plenty of love and affection.

      I'm getting towards my wit's end as I cannot understand why she's gone backwards!

      Can anyone help with idea's???

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      Capitol Punishment 7 years ago

      I have, and always will be somewhat physical to aid in training. I say somewhat physical because it is not right to beat your animal for any reason. Having said that, it only becomes physical when there is bad behavior. That is the key to ending unwanted behavior immediately. A sharp tap on the nose or back end grabs their attention by touch. This will condition them with an unpleasant response to bad behavior and the behavior will end.

      I know I have haters now, but I really don't care what those people say or think, so don't bother writing to me about it. Dogs just want to please the Alpha dog, which is YOU. After all, what do you think wild pack dogs such as coyotes and wolves do to discipline their young? That's right. They get physical. It teaches them very quickly, so stop the bleeding hearts and the "bad owner" talk.

      OK, now that I have said that, you MUST also show positive reinforcement with good behavior. This conditions them with a very good feeling and the good behavior will continue to grow and expand as they learn from you. I have been blessed with excellent dogs because of excellent training. Speak to them as you would anyone else in your family. One of my dogs (who lived 15+ years!) knew each of her toys by name, the difference in the sound of my car vs. my wife's car, knew all the basic commands, knew several tricks, walked by my side without a leash, asked to go out when she needed to and loved us unconditionally. She was corrected with bad behavior and rewarded with good behavior. That equated to an excellent dog.

      Training is tough, but persevere and you will both be happy in the end. I am currently training a young dog who has been a challenge, but she is learning. Our older dog is also teaching her! She has been corrected and there are no mental scars. Proof lies in the fact that she is in my lap as I write this. They only know love.

      Good luck!

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      pdh 7 years ago

      Wow....some of the stuff I've been reading is ridiculous. What is wrong with smacking your dog when it is used for the purpose of correcting behaviors? What is wrong with a little pain when it is used to for the good? These people who use smacking as a form of discipline aren't beating the snot out of their dogs, they aren't being cruel. In fact, they're doing what is necessary because they love their dogs. They are creating a consequence for an unacceptable action. It's natural. It's more natural than the "reward system" when it comes to dogs. People who are adamately against using these methods for training are not thinking with their full brain. No offence, but it's true. You're only thinking about how it makes YOU feel, not the overall objective. Think about it this way.....pain is necessary. Without, people and animals wouldn't be aware of what's good for us and what's not. That's all pain is. I watched the most heartbreaking thing on t.v.. It was about a girl who was born without the ability to feel pain. She never knew when she was hungry, she never knew when she was full, she never knew if something was hot and burning her. When she was a baby and teething, she chewed on her own hand. She couldn't feel it, and didn't know it was bad for her. She has no hand now. She also has one eye, because she took her other eye out when she was young and didn't know better. My point're all talking like pain is a bad thing. It hurts, yes, but it is vital to us. So if a dog owner chooses to use smacking as a form of discipline for the dogs own well-being....don't be so quick to put that person down. They're doing what they feel is best for the dog. Another thing to think about.....people who smack their dogs.....THEY DO NOT ENJOY IT, EITHER! Ramsay, I think you hit the nail on the head.."So many Americans have taken physical reprimands which are a natural part of the world and how a puppy would learn with the pack and twisted them into something akin to concentration camp torture."

      I'm not knocking the rewarding method either, or saying it's more or less effective. I think when both methods are used in harmony, it creates beautiful results.I have a very well behaved nine month old puppy.

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      Victoria 7 years ago

      Three days ago, after almost a month of trying the schedule, rewards and praise, high pitch voice, etc., I finally broke down and lightly spanked my 16 week old pup and put her in her crate. I let her out after the hour, petted her and took her outside. She pottied. Came in and had her lunch. Waited five minutes then out and she did both. I also have a bell by the door and have been ringing it everytime we are ready to go out. I say, "Potty outside" and out we go. Could never get her to ring it though. It's been three days now and after the little spanking (you must catch them in the act so there is no confusion why they are in trouble) she's been ringing the bell (gets a treat) and stopped resisting going outside too. Go figure. Wish I could get in her little mind.

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      Joelle 7 years ago

      Wow, for all of you saying stuff like, "You're a disgrace for slapping your dog." or "You should never hit your dog." WHATEVER! You people just did not have a stubborn dog. If you want to get a little physical with the dog to show they are being bad but not hit the dog, grab the inner thigh and squeeze like they're being bitten. That shows you are the master. (If you have a toy dog, be careful about the squeezing.)They will whine because they are scared, not in pain because they have a high tolerance to pain. While gripping their inner thigh, where the nerve is, scold them or do your usual lecture. If all else fails, beat their butt. Normally, the inner thigh grip works for any form of misbehaving.

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      ari 7 years ago

      When my dog pee's on my roomates rug I pick her up by the scruff and get the towel or paper I used to clean the tinkle mess and I put it to her nose and I say loud and firm "NO! NO PEE" then I take her outside and place her on the ground and say "OUTSIDE" with the pee towel and if she pee's inside again I spank her and say loud NO! And that's when she gets outside time. Its not abuse. Animals are animals put on earth for human entertainment and I don't beat her and if I seem a little rough its because she's an animal and in the wild its rough

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      pekingesepuppy 7 years ago

      My two month old male pekingese is paper trained but when he is left alone, he pees on the kitchen tiles and poops on a brown mat that's by the sink. I have scolded and said No in a loud tone when he goes on the floor and praised him when he goes on the paper. He only messes when I am not looking and therefore can not catch him in the act! It is so frustrating! He will pee on the paper and make a poo but for some reason feels he HAS to mess the tiles and the mat! Help Please!!!!