There are a number of reasons your dog may be urinating everywhere, with some of them easily addressed, and others a little more concerning.
Incontinence, territory, overexcitement – one of these three things may be the reason why your dog has started peeing all over the place. But if your pet is more mature and has only just started urinating indoors, visit your local Greencross Vets for a check up. In the meantime, here’s how you can address more straightforward causes.
A puppy that isn’t house-trained
If you’ve recently welcomed a puppy to the family you’ll have to train it to do its business outside. Here are some suggestions:
- Take your puppy outside often, including first thing in the morning
- Reward your puppy with a treat or say “good dog” when it pees in the right spot
- Never scold or hit your dog for accidentally peeing inside. Simply show no reaction and thoroughly clean the area.
- Be patient. It took you years to use the toilet properly, your puppy will need your guidance for a few weeks at least.
If your adult dog is peeing indoors on upright items, like a chair leg, territorial marking is your likely candidate. It may have started marking because it’s anxious about a sudden change in circumstances. Perhaps you moved house? Had a baby? Bought a cat? Here’s how you can stem the flow:
- Desexed dogs tend to mark their territory less
- Restrict your dog’s access to items it’s likely to mark
- Encourage your dog to mark its territory elsewhere using this formula or a pheromone yard stake
- Clean previously marked areas with a strong odour remover and,
- If you see your dog starting to pee, startle it with a loud clap or “no” during the act.
Your dog may also be peeing because it’s excited about something. Puppies under twelve-months-old are often still learning to control their bladders. Excitement peeing may also occur while you’re playing together or when friends drop by. To help fix this, try ignoring your dog when you return home. It may seem harsh but it will help relax your dog upon your arrival. For more information, see our article on excitement urination.