If there is something that many dog owners would like to have an immediate end to when it comes to house training a dog, it is that stage wherein the dog has yet to learn not to pee in the house.
What every dog owner who is currently in the middle of this particular stage needs is some pretty good hacks that will help them overcome this in the soonest possible time. Here are five great ones to start off with:
1. Find out if the peeing problem is the result of any medical condition your dog might have.
Before implementing any other tip or trick, make a trip to your veterinarian to have your dog examined for any medical problems or conditions that may be behind the peeing.
And there are several of them, to be perfectly honest. But since we are not doctors, it is important to have one confirm or rule it out first before we make any assumptions.
2. Watch out for patterns of behavior that can give further clues about the peeing problem.
Don’t you just wish your dog could talk and tell you when it wants to pee so you can bring it outside to relieve itself?
While that may be wishful thinking, the next best thing you can do is to learn as much as you can about your dog’s behavior. And study any patterns that may be associated with peeing.
Know when your dog is likely to pee. Whether it is every time you leave the house, when all the lights are out or prompted by the presence of other animals or people.
Keep in mind that dog behavior is never random, so there is bound to be a pattern that you can spot sooner or later.
As soon as it has been identified, narrow down the possible causes. If your dog has the tendency to pee as soon as everyone goes up and off to bed, try letting your dog out to pee before everybody’s bedtime.
3. See how you fit in when it comes to the whole peeing predicament.
Oftentimes, dogs have problems or act up when there is something in the routine that upsets them. One good example is when you have a tendency to leave your dog for long periods of time or even as long as 12 hours in a day.
When you get home, there is a chance that your dog has already peed inside the house. This should indicate to you that the time you spent away from it is way too long.
See where you can adjust in terms of routines or schedules so your dog will not be forced to relieve itself in places where it should not.
While it’s so much easier to just discipline your dog for yet another peeing disaster, it is much better to look at the bigger picture and apply solutions to prevent the problem from happening again.
4. Identify any big changes in the dog’s life. Just like people, dogs also feel stressed out.
They can get separation anxiety. They can get upset when there is something new in the house that they do not like. And all of these things can translate into your dog urinating inside the house as a way of coping with the change.
If there is a big change in your house (ex. ongoing renovations, someone leaving, etc.), try to see how this change has affected him. It might be good to spend extra time with your dog or go out for walks or trips together at a different time.
Dogs generally like routine and structure, so try to give that despite the change that is happening at home.
5. Nix pee scent from his usual spots. As a dog owner, you know that dogs mark things or places using their urine.
They keep coming back to these places, too. And because of this, your job is to erase that scent from all the “marked areas” inside the house.
Apart from not wanting your house to reek of dog urine, you are also preventing your dog from returning to that spot. This is because he cannot smell his scent there.
Mind you, it’s more than just spraying over the scent to temporarily mask the odor. We’re talking a deep clean with some really good cleaning agent that totally erases the scent such that your dog will not be able to pick up on it again.
Persistent Little Pee-er
And finally, if you just simply happen to have one persistent dog who enthusiastically pees in the house, you might need to restart your potty training sessions with him again.
It might seem like a lot of work, and it usually is – but it is also necessary to ensure that the peeing is controlled.
Make sure that you have a better plan this time, as your original one has been rendered unsuccessful.
You’ve spent quite a bit of time with your dog now. So you know it better enough to tweak your potty training program in order to accommodate other things in relation to your dog.
We must stress on reinforcing good dog behavior to increase the success of potty training. While at the same time decreasing the chances of any wrong behavior.
Your goal is for your dog to demonstrate good behavior, so steer that into the areas where your dog is actually allowed to relieve itself. This is the area where you want to concentrate the most, since this is also where you will want to see the most success.
Also, the more time you spend with your dog the easier it will be to reinforce the good behavior. As well as put limits (or even totally stop) the formation of bad habits.
Incorporate these into your new potty training plan and you will surely find more success in this endeavor. And the sooner you will be able to enjoy coming home to a fresh-smelling home and a happy dog!
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