My wife and I recently adopted a 4 year old dog named Justin. He’s great, except when he pees in the house. I understand giving him time to get used to his new home, and learning he’ll get walked regularly, but he does it after a walk! We don’t want to give him back but we didn’t sign up for this. Thanks, Robert
First of all, congratulations on rescuing a dog and saving a life! It’s wonderful to hear you understand a dog needs time to adjust to a new home, and accidents are not unexpected. This however sounds more like urine marking. My rescue dog Jack used to do the same thing, and boy did it annoy me!
You don’t mention if you already had another dog in the house. Marking in a household with more than one dog is not unusual, as they tend to compete for resources which includes human attention.
Just by walking Justin I’m sure you’ve noticed how he marks as he goes. Perfectly acceptable outside, but not inside. There are things you can do to stop it and here are a few –
- Keep an eye on him indoors, and when he’s about to mark call his name, or interrupt him with whatever word you choose
- They usually have a favourite spot so block access to that spot, or if it’s another dog’s bed for example, pick it up off the floor when you’re out
- Your dog may be bored, not getting enough physical exercise or mental stimulation
- As it’s more common in unneutered dogs, having your dog fixed (if he isn’t already) could help
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