How to Stop Dogs from Peeing in the House?

Mmmm there’s nothing quite like the eye-watering smell of fresh dog urine as you come through the door after a hard day’s work…. Yeah, we thought not to. A common frustration for pet owners across the world. Inappropriate Urination, as vets call it, is something that we should tackle asap. So, let’s check out why your furry friends are relieving themselves indoors and what we can do to fix it!

Why oh Why?

There are many reasons as to why your dogs might be doing their business inside the house. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons:


One of the most common and obvious is that they’ve had too much water and can’t get outside. We can all emphasize. Just remember the last time that the queue for toilets was too long on a drunk night out and you decided the nearest lamp post or bush would work. Come on people! When you need to go, you need to go. So, make sure to let your dog outside after each meal and after naps.

Fear & Anxiety

Dogs can be sensitive little creatures. That is why changes to the environment and/or any excess stimulation may trigger urination. This could be a stranger in your house such as a workman. Or, this could be an introduction of a new pet or even a new child in the family. The smell of a newly decorated room may also prompt to mark it for familiarity…

Insufficient house training

If your dog lacked training in its infancy, it will play a big factor. But don’t worry, we’ll hook you up with some simple tips on this later on!


Your dog may have access to another water source other than what you are providing. A lavatory is a common place where your dog will over hydrate. Try keeping the door closed at all times!

Urinary tract infection

This is one of the most common health problems seen in dogs. Other than an increase in accidents in the house, you may notice that your dog is also crying or whimpering during urination. Their pee may also become very cloudy or/and blooded, with a stronger odor than usual.

If you notice these symptoms be sure to seek consultation from a professional. Typically, veterinarians will administer antibiotics. If this is the case, follow the course prescribed to ensure the problem is resolved. Check-in with your vet again after the antibiotics for a urinalysis to ensure the infection is gone.

Old age

Yep, you got it. Man’s best friend also turns senile. Different forms of dementia due to old age and incontinence may lead your dog to soil in the house. Dogs with these issues may forget who and what they are, let alone that they’ve been house trained…

What Now?

Urine luck!! There are a whole host of solutions to help prevent this mess from happening again.

More potty breaks!

Easy. If it’s only two or three times a day your dog has the opportunity of going outside, try increasing it to four or five times a day. Then, make this a daily habit.

If your work schedule does not allow you to do so, maybe someone in your neighborhood would be willing to come around your house to take your dog out for potty breaks and.. maybe a bit of playtime!

Create a routine.

Strict routines do have their downsides and are not always practical, as owners often become burdened with responsibility. Also, your dog may face separation anxiety if you were to deviate from an already learned strict routine.

However, some kind of schedule is essential like potty breaks outside the house after meals and naps. Moreover, at least 2 hours of high-intensity exercise daily is recommended. Like humans, dogs find relief and happiness from exercise. The effect of it is almost magic! Not only could exercise help meet your dog’s social needs, it also cures almost all issues especially behavior-related.

Control water access.

Try to make sure there isn’t access to any other water source, such as the lavatory. Dogs can over-hydrate, break their daily routine and end up peeing indoors out of desperation.


Rewards can be small but must be very enticing for your dog. A good variety of treats will keep your dog excited every time. Start off by giving your dog some verbal commands before the treat. When you first let them out of the house, you can say something like “go pee now” or “pee-pee time”. Your dog after time will remember these verbal commands and associate them with peeing.

When your dog finally does the business outside, make sure you reward them within seconds. If not, they may not associate it with the right behavior. If you’re too late, that reward might be associated with nothing but rubbing its ass on the grass or chasing birds.

Finally, after some time, you can begin reducing the number of treats you give your dog. Slowly start using verbal praise instead, until peeing outside is totally normalized and the pattern established.

Designate spots.

Whether you’re taking your dog out for walks in the forest or simply letting them go out into the garden, make sure they have a designated spot to pee. This could be a specific shrub or lamppost for example, as long as there’s consistent access while you’re training them to pee outside.

Be patient.

Be patient with your little guys whilst going through this process! Just like our own experiences throughout life, learning new things can be very challenging and we tend to excel through positive affirmations.

Clean up that mess!

Be sure to clean up thoroughly after your dog pees in the house. Our dogs have an extremely strong sense of smell and are likely to naturally associate a previous peeing spot as somewhere acceptable again to do their business. If your dog does pee inside, after cleaning, a clever trick is to place the urine-soaked towel or cloth outside in a designated peeing spot. This will help you get one step closer to your dog positively associating reliving itself outdoors.

Size Does Matter

Who would have ever thought? Research says that the frequency in which dogs pee is related to body size. Of course, right? Smaller dogs have smaller bladders. But more than this, it’s said that smaller dogs also communicate often by marking to avoid direct confrontation with larger dogs. Poor little guys!

So, in the meantime, here are..

Some Tips For Cleaning And Removing That Awful Smell

The distinctive smell of ammonia can be horrendous in the house and is likely to seduce your dog into peeing over and over again on the same spot… Also, not all pee is the same – depending on your dog’s health and /or diet their pee may contain a number of different chemicals.

Here are some different options and top tips to help clean that mess.

Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide!

Although we’ve found many recommendations online, ultimately this chemical may not be safe to use for cleaning dog urine inside your house. Not only could it damage surfaces but may also release harmful gasses. Better to be safe than sorry.

Big Thumbs up for window Cleaner!

Window cleaner can be highly effective for cleaning and removing the smell of dog pee inside the house. Without getting too deep into the science, ammonia-based window cleaners have the ability to covert the smelly chemical compounds found in dog pee into a more welcoming scent through something that is called Solvay Process.

Here’s what to do:

Do not despair! Get that clothing peg on your nose and it’ll be over in no time! Here are some instructions on how we’d recommend you clean the dog urine off the surfaces in your house.

  • Ventilate the room.
  • Spray area with Windex.
  • Pad dry with paper towels.
  • Spray area again and repeat padding.
  • Sprinkle area with baking soda.
  • Let mixture dry overnight.
  • Vacuum area in the morning.

Here’s To A Pee Free Future

Thanks for reading guys and let’s hope our advice can help you avoid more accidents in the future… Let’s remember to love our pet dogs and be patient with them at all times, even when we do come home to that unwanted gift after a hard day’s work.

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