It’s Not Your Pet’s Fault... Really
Inappropriate soiling occurs for a number of reasons – and none of them are due to deliberate, spiteful actions of your pet.
Whenever a new soiling or vomiting situation arises, always check with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health conditions. Increased or more frequent urination can be a symptom of serious health problems in both dogs and cats, including kidney disease, diabetes, and urinary tract infections.
To help find out what may be behind your pet’s soiling problems, ask yourself these questions:
- Does your pet need to go outside more often? Perhaps installing a doggie door can help (just make sure unwanted animals can’t enter!)
- Is your pet soiling in only one area? Try blocking access to that room or area. He may have simply grown accustomed to going there.
- Is your pet intact? Male pets become sexually mature by about eight months of age and may be trying to mark territory around the house. Discuss the situation with your holistic veterinarian.
- Is there a conflict between pets in your household?
- Does your pet need to be house or litter box trained, or re-trained? Sometimes older dogs can forget their housetraining and begin having accidents indoors.
- And finally, is it really loss of housetraining or is your older pet developing incontinence? Ask your veterinarian for advice.
What’s important for you to know is this: inappropriate soiling is often just as disappointing and frightening for your pet as it is frustrating for you! Scolding and other forms of punishment never help...
Why Your Dog Sometimes Pees in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Understanding your dog's emotional needs is key
Dogs can display inappropriate urination for a number of reasons. In addition to the situations we just talked about, there are two more very common reasons for the behavior...
- Submissive Urination – If your dog pees when he’s being scolded or while rolling over and exposing his belly as a person approaches, this may be submissive urination.
Your dog may be shy, anxious, or timid and may have a history of being treated harshly. If the behavior persists beyond puppyhood, you’ll need to work with your dog to build her confidence, while providing lots of loving support.
- Urine Marking – Dogs are territorial animals and stake their “claim” to an object or area by marking it with small amounts of urine. Often it happens because your dog is feeling stressed over a new situation in your home – a visitor or a new baby, for example – and needs to reaffirm his claim over his territory.