My Dog is Peeing Inside
Dogs can have accidents and occasionally you will need to clean up after him. However, if your dog is continually peeing inside, this is a different issue and needs to be fixed. If he has just started this behavior, then it could be caused by a medical issue such as a urinary tract infection. You should take your dog to the vet. Take a sample of urine with you. The urine should be collected in a sterile container.
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Is My Dog Peeing Inside For Medical Reasons?
As well as urinary tract infections, other medical problems which can cause a dog to pee inside are: bladder infections, bladder tumor, conditions that cause a decrease in mobility such as arthritis and problems which cause an increase in the volume of urine produced such as kidney disease, liver disease or diabetes.
Your vet may suggest your dog undergoes some tests to determine whether any of these conditions are present. There could be also other symptoms which will help point your vet in the right direction.
The treatment your vet recommends will depend on the diagnosis.
Older dogs are susceptible to incontinence problems. Sometimes older dogs just forget their house training. Sometimes this can be treated with medication. You may decide your dog should wear diapers when inside.
Other Reasons Your Dog May Be Peeing Inside
Submission urination is where a dog pees to show that he accepts another dog as top dog. He will often roll on his back and pee on himself. This behavior is more common in puppies than adult dogs.
It is most common in dogs which are anxious and timid. He may have been inappropriately punished in the past. Make sure he knows the rules. A dog that understands how he should behave is more confident and secure.
You can often recognize submission urination by the time that it takes place. This will often be when they are being told off, when a stranger approaches them or when they are being greeted.
If your dog is peeing when being greeted or when playing but doesn’t exhibit other submissive postures, this is more likely to be excitement urination.
There are some things you can do to help your dog stop submissive or excitement urination.
The most important thing is not to punish them. This will just make the problem worse. It will make them want to submit more
Keep their routine as consistent as possible
Show them that meeting new people can lead to a happy experience. They should meet as many people as possible over time.
Keep your greetings low key. Don’t do anything which can be interpreted by your dog as dominant behavior.
Thoroughly clean areas where your dog urinates. Otherwise, the odor will encourage them to urinate in the same place again.
Use praise or treats to reward his behavior when he is not submissive. He should have a confident posture.
The idea is to help your dog gain confidence. Be patience and consistent.
Is Your Dog Properly House Trained?
If you have eliminated all other possible reasons, it could just be that your dog needs a brush up on his house training. He may never have been trained properly in the first place of he may just need a refresher.
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