5 Reasons Your Dog is Peeing in the House

Why is My Dog Peeing in the House?

House soiling is a common problem among dogs, but often one that is resolved early on during puppyhood. So what do you do if your adult or senior dog is still peeing in the house? Here are a few possible underlying behavioral and medical causes for inappropriate urination in dogs.

1. Overexcitement

“Dogs who exhibit excitement urination do not show submissive body language,” says Dr. Lisa Radosta, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. Instead they exhibit joyous behavior such as wiggling, jiggling, and jumping as they happily urinate on the floor. This often leads to the spraying of urine everywhere. 

2. Submission/Fear

Submissive urination can be exhibited in any age of dog, though it is most commonly seen in puppies. According to Dr. Radosta, it generally occurs when someone leans over, reaches for or scolds the dog. It can be triggered by a stranger or the dog owner. Also, the dog may appear comfortable and friendly at first, but when the interactions with the person get too scary they immediately show submissive behavior and may urinate.

2. Submission/Fear

Submissive urination can be exhibited in any age of dog, though it is most commonly seen in puppies. According to Dr. Radosta, it generally occurs when someone leans over, reaches for or scolds the dog. It can be triggered by a stranger or the dog owner. Also, the dog may appear comfortable and friendly at first, but when the interactions with the person get too scary they immediately show submissive behavior and may urinate.

4. Marking

According to Dr. Radosta, dogs mark for various reasons. Unfortunately, once they start it can quickly become a pattern – urinating small amounts in very specific areas around the house. It may even cause other household dogs (and sometimes cats) to mark the areas as well. Dr. Radosta recommends identifying the pattern for anxiety or stress and eliminating the stressor.

5. Medical Disorders

 “Medical disorders [such as urinary infections, bladder stones, kidney disease, diabetes, etc.] increase urgency so the dog can’t get to the outside fast enough,” says Dr. Radosta. “If that is the case, they will go wherever they happen to be standing.”

https://www.petmd.com

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