Help! The Dog Pee in the House!
Do you often find yourself having to clean your house because your dog, despite having just returned from the walk, has decided to free himself on the floor of the living room, on the tent of the room or even on your bed?
Who knows how many times you’ve thought he does it out of spite or because he’s not smart enough, and who knows what a sense of frustration you’ve felt because of his lack of gratitude, after all you do for him!
First of all, I reassure you by telling you that your dog is grateful to you, loves you and is not able to conceive the spitefulness, which provides a complexity of thought that the animal is not endowed with.
Then let’s start by analyzing the reasons why a dog leaves his droppings at home and not outside.
The factors that cause this type of behavior can be grouped into 4 types:
- has not been taught;
- Emotional responses: stress, anxiety, fear, submission, excitement or request for attention;
- territory marking or sexual behavior;
- wrong diet or disease.
Now let’s see them in more detail.
He Has not Been Taught
If a puppy has not been exposed to early experience and, for example, in the first 4-5 months of life he grew up in a cage where he fed, slept and excreted, it will be more difficult for him to learn new behavior.
In other cases, if you have a very young dog, it may simply be that you have not yet taught it to him. So, don’t lose your courage, arm yourself with prizes and, during your frequent walks, strengthen your dog when he is free in the open air or on the sleeper, if you want to teach him how to do his needs at a specific point of the house. Keep in mind that a puppy may need to go out a dozen times a day because the muscular sphincters of the anus and urethra are not yet trained and therefore is not able to retain the needs for a long time! And I recommend, avoid punishment in an absolute way: do not yell at the dog or, even worse, do not put his nose in his pee if he does it at home, as I am often told by the owners, not only would not understand but would go to affect negatively on your relationship and its emotional state by triggering a vicious circle that could lead to worsening the situation.
It is very frequent that the dog is released at home in reaction to an emotional state. How many people have been welcomed by their hairy dog after a day out with jumps, parties and, alas, a few drops of pee not held back by excitement? Other times dogs do it because of excess submission: if you have an unsafe dog it could be part of this case study. If your best friend, on the other hand, is afraid, he could be released at home for fear of a noise or of a situation he considers dangerous. Even animals with separation anxiety, among other behaviours, show that they leave their excrements at home in a moment of panic. Other times the behavior is due to stress because the quadruped is experiencing a very emotional situation and peeing allows him to somehow get rid of the accumulated tension. Finally, your dog may be simply asking you for attention.
Now you must be wondering, “How do I detect the emotion behind this behavior on the part of my dog? It’s not easy, because you need to have a good reading of his body language, empathy, observation skills; but don’t worry, I’ll soon write some in-depth articles on the subject.
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Territory Marking or Sexual Behavior
If your dog is at least 6-7 months old, male or female, he may be trying to establish a territorial control by leaving some marking with urine or faeces.
Uncastrated males, under the influence of testosterone often do so to leave a message to females or other males, urinating in turn where the others have left a mark before. In these cases, according to Bruce Fogle, a famous English veterinarian and author of “The mind of the dog”, could be considered the castration of the animal that would improve this problem by at least 50%.
There are dogs, like the Maltese terrier, that nine times out of ten are brought to me by the owners because they excrete at home. It is incredible how high the incidence of this type of behavior is in some breeds: it is obviously a genetic characteristic.
Incorrect Diet or Illness
If an adult dog urinates in the house, despite making 4-5 outings a day could have a problem of incontinence. However, if they drink this behavior is due to an excessive consumption of water compared to their usual, it could be caused by the use of a drug, by a diet too rich in sodium or by kidney problems or some form of diabetes. In such cases, I recommend that you consult your vet.
In conclusion, if you have a dog that makes you despair because it evacuates into your home, what you will have to do in that order is:
- Investigate the possible causes, sometimes they can be multifactorial.
- Once you have identified the factor(s) that determine this behavior, among the 4 that I have listed above, make an in-depth analysis to understand in which specific case you are.
- Implement appropriate changes to solve the problem.
For points 2 and 3, the help of a professional can speed up the resolution of the problem.