Why is my adult dog suddenly urinating in the house, and what can I do about it?
When a previously house trained and well behaved dog suddenly starts peeing in the house you have to suspect that something has changed. There is a reason why your dog is doing this.
You, the dog owner knows and understands your dog better than anyone else. It may be up to you to discover what the underlying cause is.
Below I have outlined some of the reasons why your adult dog has changed it's usual behavior and has begun peeing (and sometimes pooping) inside the house instead of going outside.
Usually the problem of sudden onset peeing in the house falls into
Read through the possible causes below and you may be able to gain some insight into your dog's problem.
A medical reason is often a common cause for an adult dog to suddenly begin urinating in the house so it is essential to rule out a medical cause first. Many of the medical conditions that commonly cause inappropriate urination can quickly become serious for your dog.
To Rule out Medical Problems you need to schedule an appointment with your Vet.
Your veterinarian should perform a thorough physical exam and talk to you about what is going on.
A urine sample from your dog will probably be necessary for analysis. This sample will help indicate if there is an infection going on, how well the kidneys are concentrating the urine, and if there are any crystals.
Your veterinarian may recommend any of the following tests depending
on your dog and the urine results: Bloodwork, Xrays or an
Dogs do not punish their owners.
Some owners are under the misconception that the dog is peeing in the house to punish the owner. Dogs do not retaliate or do things out of spite.
Some tips re Punishment of Dogs for peeing in the house.
Never punish your dog for inappropriate urination. Don't rub your dog's nose in it or shout or even worse hit your dog. You will only make matters worse. You need to find the reason why your dog is doing this. Nothing will be gained by punishment. Much can be gained by understanding your dog and why this inappropriate behavior is happening. Punishment will only make insecurities and anxiety worse.
Always remember that a dog learns faster from praise for doing the right
thing rather than punishment for doing the wrong thing
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Often your adult dog just needs a short “refresher course” in house training. With a little reminder, most dogs get right back to their good potty habits.
You can also help prevent accidents by keeping your dog away from the area they have been going potty in. A baby gate or closed door can easily restrict your dog’s access.
Retraining your dog requires the same steps you would use with a new
Schedule: Take your dog outside on a set schedule. Your adult dog should be able to hold their urine for 4-8 hours depending on their activity level. Set a schedule and stick to it every day.
Reward: Go outside with your dog each time. Take a tasty food treat. When your dog goes potty in the correct place, praise them and offer a food reward. This will help your dog want to go potty in the right place.
Consistency: Your consistency in training is the key to your dog’s success. Stick with your training plan and you will see fast results. The more consistent you are, the faster your dog will get back on track.
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