Why is my dog peeing inside? (And what to do about it)

Why is my dog peeing inside? (And what to do about it)

Has your house trained dog been peeing inside? As dog parents, you’ll know that no matter how well house trained your fur baby is, the occasional accident is bound to happen. While it might be frustrating for you, it could be a sign of an underlying issue in your dog. Let’s get to the bottom of this!

Why is this happening?

Did you know that this doggy-issue has a name? Vets often refer to it as “inappropriate urination” – so, you’re not alone in this, pet parents! However, inappropriate urination is usually something that is handled as a puppy. If your dog is definitely house trained then the first thing you need to do is rule out any medical issues. Here’s what you need to consider:

  1. Medical issues

There are a number of medical issues that could cause inappropriate urination in dogs. The most common include a urinary tract infection, kidney stones, cystitis AKA bladder inflammation, kidney disease, bladder stones or arthritis. Our advice? Book an appointment with your vet to rule out any medical problems. 

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  1. Age-related Incontinence 

As dogs get older, they can lose control of their bladder. If your dog is a senior, this could be the problem. However, while urinary incontinence is linked to senior dogs it can also affect young adults. What to look for: urine puddles during nap time, sporadic dribbling or leaking. The good news is that if it is incontinence, there are some medications that can help treat the problem! It’s also important to note that your fur baby is probably unaware that this is happening, so scolding them won’t help in this case. Our advice? Check in with your vet and see what they can do to help.  

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  1. Territorial marking

Is your dog consciously peeing all over your home? If your vet has ruled out any health related issue, it might be a behavioural issue you’re dealing with. Male dogs use urine to mark their territory. If your dog is unneutered this may be why they’re marking in your home. Our advice? Chat to your vet – they may suggest neutering your dog. 

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  1. Anxiety or excitement 

Some dogs pee when they’re excited or as a sign of fear and anxiety. Being left at home alone for long periods, a big change in their routine or loud noises (think fireworks) can trigger this reaction. Our advice? Check in with your vet about how you can address your dogs anxiety and work with your dog to make them feel more comfortable at home. 

A great way to help with anxiety is to ensure your dog has a space that feels safe where they can go to when overwhelmed or scared. Take a look at our dog bedding options. 

What can you do?

  • Try retraining your dog and reminding them where they can go to the loo and where they shouldn’t.
  • Make sure to schedule in time for lots of bathroom breaks so your dog doesn’t have to hold it. This is particularly important if your dog has a weak bladder.
  • Clean up so there is no lingering scent leftover with our odour neutralising Wash & Get Off Spray. The lingering smell of urine in your home could signal your dog can pee in that place. 

What shouldn’t you do?

  • Punishing your pooch for peeing in the house could confuse your dog. They may learn that peeing in front of you is bad. 
A better strategy to adopt is to reward your fur baby when they go to the loo outside. Positive reinforcement works well! Try our dog snacks and treats for that.