Oops, I did it again. I peed on your rug. Got lost in the game.
You probably won’t find Brittney Spears accidentally peeing on your floor or furniture, or maybe even pooping on the carpet, but as a dog owner you may be likely to arrive home sometime to a freshly baked mud pie in an opportune location left for your inspection by your furry cohort.
Before you are tempted to tear up your carpet or replace your floor, it would be a good idea to first rein in that whoopsy doo-dle tendency of your dog before making any immediate home improvement, especially considering that it could happen again.
Why is Your Dog Peeing or Pooping Inside Your Home?
Not to sound the alarm, but if your dog suddenly starts pooping or peeing inside, and it’s not just due to the fact you left them at home for a really long time while you were out, then it may be due to a health problem like a urinarty tract infection.
On a less severe note, it could also be to abruptly changing your dog’s diet from one food to another cold turkey or even the fact that your dog really misses you and the affection you pour upon it during your together times, so the unexpected urination is an emotional response.
Take time to observe: is your dog drinking more water than usual, and then needing to pee even in the absence of increased physical activity? Sadly this could mean some serious health issues like diabetes mellitus, kidney failure, or Cushing’s disease.
Your vet might also want to take stool samples from your dog to check for internal parasites, which could be making your dog’s pooping times unpredictable and difficult to manage.
Quick Interim Fixes While You Determine the Cause of Your Dog’s Sudden Tendency to Pee or Poop Inside
While you ascertain the cause and reason for your dog’s less-than-desirable potty habits, it will be very advantageous to do some damage control for the sake of preventing your home from smelling or looking like a professional dog kennel. This can be done in a few ways.
The first temporary solution, is to simply put down a washable doggy pee pad while you are gone from home, or keep one in a location your dog is known to frequent while you are home. This should hopefully deter your canine friend from seeing your entire house as fair game for its number 1s and 2s.
The next solution is little more long-term, and that is to install a doggy pet door. This will allow your dog to learn that its bathroom breaks are no longer in your hands, but instead squarely in its paws. A dog door can be installed in a door, a wall, a sliding glass door, or even a window. Good ones last for several million uses and then will only require replacing the actual door flap, as the frame should last for the life of your home.
THE IMPORTANCE OF STRUCTURE AND SETTING UP A ROUTINE FOR YOUR DOG
Dogs (and people) respond very well to structure. This make life a little easier to manage for all of us, and reduces unacceptable levels of chaos. This goes for dog owners themselves too. This is why we recommend adopting a regimen that works for both you and your dog.
*Understand the signs and take your dog outside to pee or poop regularly.
*Set up a feeding schedule for your dog and observe their urges and tendencies in the hours and days after.
*Keep your dog in a create temporarily while you potty train them, or pen them up in a small area with a doggy pee pad while you’re gone.
*Clean up doggy messes right away, let the dog know that they shouldn’t go there, and remove their enzymatic urine scent before they start to view your couch as an optimal target for toilet activities.
*Reward your dog for doing right with treats, after they go in their usual designated spot outside and you gently command them to go potty with a memorable slogan or phrase they’ll associate with relieving themselves.
Let your dog out every few hours and take him directly outside to a designated bathroom spot in the yard. Give your dog a command to poop. Wait for your dog to poop. If he does, reward him with a treat and take him for a walk.
Differentiate Between Inside and Outside Treats for your Dog When Potty Training
It really is all about association for canines, hence the Pavlov’s dog experiment where he proved that a dog would eventually salivate at the ringing of a bell, if the bell was rung before dinner enough times. Make sure potty time treats are unique for your dog so they will associate them with going to the bathroom outside.
The Last Word on Getting Your Dog to Pee Outside, and Not Indoors
It can take anywhere from 4 months to a year for a puppy to achieve full house training, depending on size. Larger dogs require fewer trips outside on average when compared to smaller dogs, because their bladders are larger and their metabolisms are slower, thus inducing less of a need to pee as frequently.
Former conditions that your dog may have lived under could also determine certain behavioral traits come restroom-going time.
Why is my dog territorially marking furniture inside the house?
The Humane Society has encouraged the public to have their pets neutered to decrease the tendency of male dogs to constantly want to mark their territory. While it will not completely eliminate this behavior, it is thought to reduce it.