We love our dogs so much! From the day we bring them home we just cannot keep our eyes off them! That cute little fur ball running around, eating up our hearts. However, there is that one thing that just upsets us … their potty habits.
Unfortunately, some pet owners give up on their dogs all too soon. Up to 25% of dogs, relinquished to animal shelters by their owners, are given up due to housebreaking problems.
Hopefully, as a pet owner, you will understand the challenge and give your pet the encouragement that it needs and deserves.
There are a number of medical reasons why a dog may urinate indoors, and it’s important to rule these out first if you are not sure why he is doing it. If your dog has always been housebroken and then suddenly begins peeing in the house, it’s safe to say there’s probably a medical issue that needs to be identified and treated.
5 Top reasons why dogs pee in the house:
Excitement: Some dogs get so excited that they “pee in their pants”. This usually occurs when you come home from a busy day and they’ve missed you so much; or when a visitor comes over; or when they are going for their walk. Often, your dog may wiggle, jump and otherwise continue on with his excitement all while urinating.
Submission or Fear: Urination can be a submissive behaviour your dog displays when he's scared or overwhelmed. While submissive urination occurs most often in puppies, it can occur in dogs of any age, typically after your dog has been scolded or put in an uncomfortable or scary situation.
Housetraining problems: Dogs need to learn appropriate places to go potty. If they have not been taught properly, they might go indoors. Teach your dog properly by reading our potty training blog: https://pethero.co.za/en/smartblog/7_potty-training.html
Marking: Does your dog release small amounts of urine in specific areas around your house, like the corner of your couch or on a pair of shoes you've left by the door? Your dog is marking his territory and asserting or maintaining his social standing in the pack. Dogs may also overmark or countermark, which is marking over another dog's urine. If you have multiple dogs, once one dog starts marking it can trigger marking in the other dogs as well. Neutering or spaying your dog may help prevent marking.
Medical Issues: Anytime a dog urinates in the house, especially if this is a new behaviour, medical problems should be ruled out. Urinary infections, bladder stones and crystals, cystitis, kidney disease, Cushing's disease and diabetes are examples of health conditions that may cause your dog to urinate in the house.
With the correct and consistent behaviour, most dogs can learn to relieve themselves appropriately outdoors and in the rare cases, when they cannot, the use of piddle pads and pet gates can protect your home from being soiled.