Why is my Dog Peeing in the House?
Why would a dog who has been ‘potty trained’ pee in the house?
It can happen, and it might be caused by several reasons:
- Your dog might be sick. If they have some type of bladder infection or intestinal disorder, they might not have the same amount of control over the bladder. If this is a frequent occurrence, you should get to the vet for a check-up.
- Has there been changes in your household recently? A move, a new pet, a new baby – any change to a dogs normal routine, might throw them off. Stressors can produce unexpected behaviors. Try to re-establish a normal routine and normal potty breaks for your dog.
- It might be a statement of sorts. When our dog Sally was about a year old, we went on vacation and my niece and her husband came and stayed in our house. They also slept in our bed, which was shared with Sally too. One afternoon, my niece came in to find Sally in the middle of the bed, peeing. She was marking her territory loud and clear!
- It might be just an accident. No dog is perfect. Were they left alone for too long? Always be sure to take your dogs out to relieve themselves before you go out for the day so they aren’t sitting there struggling to hold it.
If you can rule out any behavioral causes, your best bet is to get to the vet ASAP and get your dog checked out.