How to Stop a Dog From Peeing In The House

How to stop a dog from peeing in the house

Dear Hindy,

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

How to Stop a Dog From Peeing in the House

Dear 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

Good luck!

 

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Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

2 Comments

  1. Dee Matthews

    Hello, I also have a dog urinating in the house. He’s potty trained to go outside he’s always willing to go out and he usually lets us know. But for the last half of the year he’s been peeing at the bottom of the steps that go down into our living room by the front door. I’m really running out of ideas to get him to stop. Please help

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I assume you’ve taken him to the vet to check for health issues!

      Reply

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