Why is my Dog Peeing in the House?

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Dear Labby_old

Dear Labby,
Why would a dog who has been ‘potty trained’ pee in the house?
Wondering Mama
Dear Mama,
It can happen, and it might be caused by several reasons:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
Good luck,

Dear Labby

Additional Resources

Medical Reasons for Dog Urinating in the House

Is Your Adult Dog Suddenly Having Accidents in the House? Here’s What May Be Going On



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  1. Thanks so much for joining the hop. Excellent advice. Our Golden started peeing in the house and it tuned out to be a medical condition. Poor doggy.
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  2. Our rule is that if no immediate behavior can be contributed, we head to the vet. Dogs can’t tell us how they’re feeling so they act out to get our attention or because they truly can’t help it. Great advice.
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  3. We thought Kobi was peeing in the house, possibly due to his age, but all was fine at the vet. As it turns out, we think it was the cat all along! Who has also been checked out, and is really just lazy! We’ve actually had that problem with cats more than dogs.
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  4. You regularly hear that a dog won’t pee where it sleeps. Once my Florence was potty trained (we got her when she was close to 5 and had to train her) she gave me the ultimate f-you. After a bath she stood on her bed and peed right in front of me. Now if that wasn’t a statement I don’t know what is. 🙂
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  5. Brother-in-law adopted a young female GSD; she will walk up to him, look him in the eye and squat (and pee). Certainly a statement in her case
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  6. Those are the exact reasons that I would have offered. Good job Dear Labby! It looks like y’all are having a fabulous vacation from your Instagram pics!
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  7. All of our dogs are potty trained now, but we have had accidents. Rodrigo once pee’d in our bathroom – J and I were talking and not paying attention to the signals he was throwing our way, so he went upstairs and relieved himself. The same thing happened with Sydney.

    The puppies had an accident this past week, because our dogs are drinking too much water in our summer heat and I overslept.
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