How many times a day do you have to use the toilet? If I had to guess, I would say AT LEAST four times a day. Think about it…now, why would a person only take their dog out once a day at best, then not expect that dog to urinate in the house?
- "I have to go just as often as you!"
Dogs have to urinate just as often as people!
So please keep that in mind, and before we get to the tips, please buy a stress ball to use in place of hitting your dog for peeing in the house. Hitting your dog is not how to stop a dog from peeing in the house. They already are embarrassed and scared and physical violence will not help, only make things worse, as they will be scared and probably pee more. Imagine how frightening that is to know that the greatest thing in the world to them (you) is yelling and hitting them!
Just remember, there are no bad dogs, just not properly trained dogs. So please if anything ever happens, it is not the dog’s fault…they would never stand there and intentionally pee on your new carpet just to spite you.
So how to stop a dog from peeing in the house?
- Get your dog on a schedule ASAP
From day one, get your dog on a schedule that you can stick to. This includes potty and feeding. Pick two times a day to feed them, and two more for a potty break. Before each feeding, take them out to do their thing. Getting them on a schedule will let them know that they have a break coming up and to wait (assuming they don’t have a urinary tract infection or other physical problem, which happens to dogs especially as they age).
- Dogs will pee where other dogs pee
Notice how dogs LOVE to sniff around? Most of the time, they are smelling their friend’s urine all over the place. And guess what? They want to leave their scent too to let their best bud know they were there! So if you can, take your best friend to places that others dogs go. They will SO look forward to being able to wait to urinate where their friends do.
PetSmart has a training product you might want to try: https://www.petsmart.com/dog/training-and-behavior/potty-training/top-paw-puppy-training-spray-5195033.html
- PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE!
Did your little pal just do his or her business outside where they are supposed to? Then praise them! Say “good boy/girl” continuously as soon as you see them start to go. You may not see the result, but they know positive reinforcement and will look forward to that every walk you take them on.
- Give them time
When you tell someone, “I am going to run to the bathroom”, odds are that person is not pulling at your neck and yelling “let’s go!” Ok, maybe some do, but in general that doesn’t happen. So remember that when you take your friend out. Give them time, pay attention to them! Get off your phone and enjoy nature and allow your friend enough time to do what they need to.
After you bring them inside, wow, what a great job they did! They are happy and feel good! I mean don’t we all afterwards? Now to top it off, give them a treat. Twice a day you will be feeding them their regular meals, and for their other walks, have a small treat ready for them when you come back in.
Chewy.com sells these great little liver treats, and one or two is more than enough taste for your friend: https://www.chewy.com/stewart-pro-treat-beef-liver-freeze/dp/44918
- Remember the elements
Is it raining out? Snowing? Blowing cold? Well, imagine trying to do your business in that! If you can, bring an umbrella or put a doggy coat on your pup. Booties as well if you have too. And if it’s blazing hot, keep them in the shade or at least off hot things like pavement.
We also recommend if it is raining or nasty out, keep things ready for when you come back in, like a towel. Grab it before you go and leave it by the door to wipe your dog down until the rain subsides.
- Pay attention!
Is your dog pacing or restless more than usual? Staring at you or the door, or maybe letting out little whimpers? Well, try taking them out! They are probably trying to tell you what’s wrong, and if you respond, then over time they will know what to do and eventually learn to tell you. I used to have a lab/husky mix that learned to tap the door know with his nose and make an actual noise so that we knew he had to go out. Talk about Pavlov’s law experiment in reverse!
- If your dog pees while doing this training
Clean the area good. Use vinegar to wipe the area first (test on the area first to make sure the vinegar doesn’t ruin it). If you caught them in the act of doing it, yell “NO!” then immediately take them outside. Again, don’t hit them. Think how you would treat a child and apply the same to the dog.
Yes, house breaking a puppy or new dog can be challenging but remember that is part of the process. Once your dog is trained, you both will be on schedules and enjoy your time together so much more.
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