You love your dog but maybe you’re overlooking some of the finer and less enjoyable points of dog ownership, like how and why your dog is peeing or pooping indoors.
Today we’re gonna take a look at how to stop your dog peeing inside the house, on the floor, furniture, carpet, and even ceiling fan (ok that last one would be genuinely impressive and treat-worthy).
To be honest, there could be many reasons why Fido is choosing to go potty indoors, so let’s start by eliminating the most common potential factors first.
Top Reasons Your Dog Is Peeing on Your Floor In Your House
The 2 main reasons your dog is peeing inside is either it has been cooped up too long inside waiting for someone to come home and let it out to do its business, or the dog has a potentially serious health problem. Additionally, if your dog is still a puppy and potty training, then it may just take time to learn when and where not to go.
If you are away from home for long periods of time, sometimes your solution is as easy as getting some super absorbent doggy pee pads, or for a more environmentally friendly and all-weather solution, install a dog door.
Remember, your dog does not actually want to pee on the floor. It would much rather pee on a large patch of grass or a tree outside.
Why does my dog pee indoors or on the couch?
With all that said, let’s troubleshoot and rule out all potential serious medical conditions. Here’s how…
If your dog was previously potty trained to go outdoors and everything was fine, be aware that this could signify a health problem that could merit a visit to the veterinarian.
A quick and easy way to determine this is to use your weekend (or ideally 2 consecutive days off from work) and take your dog outside on a leash every 2 hours throughout the day. Take them to their usual pee spot and verbally (gently) encourage them to go potty, or whatever codeword you typically use. Then heavily reward with treats, praise, patting, hugs, kisses, etc.
When the normal week resumes, see if this has had any positive effect or lasting change on the dog.
If the dog still pees indoors and on the couch during this 2-hour outside pee pee field trip weekend, then there could be a chance your dog has a serious medical condition ranging anywhere from UTI (urinary tract infection), diabetes, or even internal parasites.
In addition to this, the other things you can do is clean the previously peed upon indoor area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove the dog urine enzymes and scent (which cause the dog to want to continue going there), check to see if your dog has been neutered, continue to take the dog outside more and on walks, or try crate training.
If your dog is marking territory, is it because you brought a new dog into the home? Or are you doing some dog sitting yourself which makes your dog want to claim certain areas with his urine?
Natural Way to Remove Dog Urine Enzymes from Furniture
Citrus juice diluted with water can create a scent that repels your dog from peeing in certain areas, and you can make it easily yourself. The citric acid in lemons will also naturally break down the dog’s enzymes from previous “uh-ohs”, so this method works great on carpets as well as furniture. Just make sure you dilute it substantially to prevent staining.
To supercharge this natural solution, consider adding chili pepper powder or even the squeezed juice of a hot pepper (because it is colorless and won’t stain). A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and irritated by capsacin, the natural ingredient which gives peppers their spicy quality.
Conclusion on Doggy Incontinence and Accidental Urination
Your dog loves you and looks up to you. Remember that next time your dog makes a “whoopsy” on the couch or floor, and if it becomes a regularly occurring thing, make sure to thoroughly monitor your dog with some training and treats before deciding if a trip to the vet is necessary.
Good luck and here’s to you and your pup.