Is your Dog Leaving Accidents in Your House?
A dog that doesn't remember where to pee can be a troublesome member of your family. A well-behaved dog isn't peeing where they're supposed to is indicative of two problems: Marking or bladder issues. Most of the time anyway.
Now if you have a new or younger puppy, you might not be having issues, in which case we would encourage you to read our blog on positive reinforcement for training your dog to pee where you desire (pee pads or outside)
But if you have a dog that is showing signs of bladder issues or marking, it's important to make that distinction quickly.
Why is Your Dog Marking?
Ensure you're dominance
If you have a dog that is marking, it could be an attempt to make a claim in the home for itself. Reinforcing your alpha behavior through regimented command and play sessions can remove that psychological influence.
Obliterate the Urine Scent
If the dog has begun marking, it is paramount that you get rid of the scent quickly. You need to make sure that there is no need to reinforce that scent because if it lingers, the dog may see that as a sign of it needing to stay.
Clarify the Home Hierarchy
If you have brought anything into the home, a new pet, a new human, or anything on those lines, you need to make sure that the dog knows that it is still a part of the pack but not the one calling the shots.
If you have changed your home schedule or something outside is causing the dog to be spooked, these could be indicators of wanting to mark for strength or peeing out of fear.
How to Tell if My Dog Has Bladder Problems
If you've followed the list above and determined that your dog isn't stubborn or power hungry, there is a good chance your dog might have bladder problems.
We would advise that you go get your dog checked out to see if there is any form of treatment available or at least to receive some validation for the claims.
If your dog does have bladder problems you might want to consider picking up a belly band so your dog can pee when they want to without ruining your floors. For more information, be sure to check out some of the other pages on our website!
My Dog Keeps Making Accidents
If you have a dog, chances are at some point you're going to take an unfortunate step in something wet and weird. If this is the case for your dog, don't be upset, with some corrective behavior and due diligence, any dog can be taught to go outside.
Managing Your Expectation With Your Dogs Bladder
Fortunately, not all dogs are exactly the same. There are going to be different problems for every dog and how they manage their own bladder and peeing situation. There are a few key questions you need to answer before attempting any corrective behaviors.
How large is your dog?
How old is your dog?
Has your dog had a previous owner who housebroke them inside?
Are there external circumstances that are forcing your dog to pee?
Basically, we are trying to track behavior and tendencies. If your dog has a small bladder, peeing in the house might be an immediate thing for them. If your dog is older, they might be having bladder problems. You can learn more about the differences between marking and peeing indoors here.
But if you have a dog that was housebroken from a previous home or if your dog is breaking their rhythm by suddenly peeing indoors, there might be something else going on.
Be sure to check outside in your yard in case there are any pests, markings of other animals, or situations that might poop your dog.
Positive Reinforcements for Training Your Dog to Pee Outside
First of all, we are going to teach positive reinforcement to get your dog to pee outside. Negative teaching can work, but it creates a dynamic in the relationship that you might not want in the long run.
The first step you're going to have to make is time management. If you work during the day, there's little you can do to reinforce your dog at that moment. But when you get back, taking your dog out to pee should be your full-time job.
Try to set timers and alarms for every hour you're home until you go to sleep in order to monitor what your dog is doing and if they are making any signs to go outside.
Next, you want to start integrating pavlovian cues. What worked for me and my dog was hanging a bell by the door.
Every time I took my dog out I would take her paw and ring the bell before we exited. It didn't even take a week of consistently doing this before my dog realized they could ring the bell and be let outside.
This gives your dog a way to communicate with you that they want to go outside, not necessarily that they want to go pee, it's up to you to reinforce that behavior.
Treats and Praise
When your dog pees outside there are three things you should be doing.
Priming the Dog, if you want. Tell the dog to do their stuff or go pee, and your dog will start associating those words with making.
Praising the Dog, letting them know they are doing a great job of peeing out here and not in there.
Treating the Dog, Once the dog has finished everything they are doing, then you will want to give them a treat. Whatever you usually give will work fine.
We hope this little guide has helped you. The steps are easy and clear and it's all about opening up communication with your dog. They are pack animals and want to have as many outlets to connect with you as possible.
If you suspect your dog might be having bladder problems instead of just trouble distinguishing pee places, be sure to investigate some of our belly bands, they might help your dog become comfortable with peeing where they want, and it's a stylish way to not have to clean the floor!
Do you need to housebreak your dog?
For some of us closer to the more northern regions, the winter months might seem like a bit of a stretch in terms of letting your dog out to go explore the outside. You might not be able to take your dog outside in some cases and would need to have your dog housebroke.
If you don't want to go the wasteful route and purchase pee pads just to throw them away, we suggest trying out our belly bands to housebreak your dog.
How the Belly Bands Work
In order to better create a repeatable pattern for using the Belly Bands correctly, there is a simple step that you can create that will aid in that.
First, find a location that your dog is comfortable peeing at.
This is a must-have first step if your dog is already housebroken and you want to reduce your pee pad usage. Etch out a location and then use positive reinforcement (learn more about that here) to train your dog to be comfortable peeing at that spot.
Additionally, if you want to go the extra mile with the pavlovian training, set up a bell system where your dog will ring the bell before or after peeing. This will ensure no overfilling will happen.
How to Train your Dog to Be Okay with Belly Bands Seasonally
The belly bands work simply. There is a soft fabric that has an absorbent centerpiece where tuck your male dog's parts into the sleeve. From there, the dog will be able to relieve themselves easily with minimal chance of spillage.
The adhesion on the top is a velcro that can be as loose or tight as you would desire in order to make the dog comfortable. We've had numerous customers send us pictures showcasing how their dogs being comfortable in them.
Then when the belly band is full you would simply wring it out and wash it like you would a reusable diaper for your child.
If you have any questions about the belly bands and how to help your dog succeed with their bladder issues, be sure to send us a message on Facebook or fill out the contact form!
We traveled with United Airlines which allows small dogs as carry on as long as they are in a kennel that fits under the airplane seat. They charge $125 each way. We bought this soft sided kennel that measures 17.5” X 10” x 11”9 for Riley who weighs about 9 lbs. It is a tight fit but he has room to stand up, turn around, and lie down. United has a webpage all about their current pet policy. They allow soft sided kennels that are about 18 x 11 x 11 as long as they conform to the space and don’t block the aisle. The dog must be inside the kennel at all times and when on the plane, he must be under the seat just like with regular carry on.
We left from Sacramento International Airport and had a layover at Chicago O’Hare Airport. I found a wonderful resource that gives a whole bunch of information regarding dogs on planes. As well as specifics about dog-friendly airports and where the pet relief areas are!
About a week before we left I had been training Riley to like his new crate by giving him treats for being interested in it, going in it, getting zipped up inside, and being carried around in it. It seemed to work because he never really fought us when it was time to go in his crate! Here are a few pictures of him getting used to his airplane crate.
We brought Wolfie, his favorite toy, a food and water dish, food, and treats for the ride. I read that giving doggy CBD oil may help calm him down before we go but we ended up skipping that step and it wasn’t an issue. We made sure to go on a nice walk before we headed out to the airport to get him nice and tired.
We parked in economy parking which was pretty far away from our terminal but thankfully we caught a bus that drove us there. The bus driver told me that I had to tell her Riley was a service dog or he wasn’t allowed on! He was in his crate for the bus ride. Once we got to the terminal, we let him go potty one more time. Then we put a belly band on him and went straight to the United check in. Because we had paid before hand for Riley’s “ticket”, we had no issues checking in and getting Riley’s tag for his crate.
From there we went through security. The line was short and Rye seemed amused by the people around him but content to stay in his crate. We were informed that we had to take Riley out of his crate and hold him in order to go through the xray together while his crate went on the conveyor belt to get scanned separately. After, they check your hands while you are still holding your doggy. Riley went back into his crate easily although a little spooked now by the hussle and bussle.
By the time we sat down to wait for boarding, we realized that our plane was delayed by one hour. We let Rye sit on our lap instead of in his crate for a little bit. This was the only time he was a little antsy about having to stay still. He whined a little and scratched at his crate but ended up settling in.
Once we boarded, we put Riley down at my feet. The crate fit perfectly! I think Rye knew that it was time to sleep because he curled up and went right to sleep. He slept through take off and as far as I could tell, only moved to get into a better sleeping position! He did such a good job.
Once we landed, we didn’t have time to take Riley to the pet relief area on the other side of the airport or take him outside and go back through security. I figured that since we took an overnight flight, it was the same thing as Riley sleeping through the night without going potty.
Flight number two went the same uneventful way, although I did hear someone whisper, “Look, I think that is a bunny!” when pointing at Riley. That gave me a giggle. When we landed at our destination and I picked Riley up from his place under the seat, the woman across the aisle said, “Wow, you had a dog that whole time? I didn’t even notice! He was so good!”
The trip back went exactly the same way as our trip out. We saw so many small dogs traveling for the holidays. I think there may have been 3 or 4 dogs just on one of our planes! Overall, traveling via plane with Riley was way easier than I expected. It was a relief to know that Riley didn’t seem to care about the pressure difference of taking off or landing. I guess he just thought it was a car ride. He does well in car rides too! I am much more willing to consider taking Riley with us by plane again in the future.
Thanks for reading! Please let us know about your experience you've had with traveling by plane with your dog. Also, feel free to ask any questions about doggy carry-ons you may have!
Hello friends! I am so sorry it has been a long time since my last blog! I will get you up to speed on our latest adventures and give you some latest tips we learned along the way.
We are finally settled in our new house! Our road trip began on May 23rd in Pennsylvania and we drove for 7 straight days to end in California! From there we stayed in hotels until we could move into our house on June 18th. The moving company finally dropped off all of our stuff on June 28th. What a long trip!! Our caravan consisted of my boyfriend, Paul, our dog, Riley, and me. Riley loves going in the car so we weren’t worried about him getting car sick, but 7 days is a long time to sit around in the car! We weren’t sure if he would get sick of it after a while. I’ll get more into that in a little bit!
As you may know, long road trips require a good amount of planning especially when you are bringing your dog for the ride. We wanted to make sure Riley was as comfortable and safe as he could be. Basically we made the entire back seat of our car a Riley room. I made him his own back seat hammock so that he could lounge in safety (pictured below). He had his bed back there as well. Here are all of the essentials:
Most of these things are straightforward. We like to bring Riley’s sling in case he gets tired when we go on hikes. The crate and bark collar are important especially if you plan on staying in hotels. I didn’t bring any of the honorable mentions listed but I wish that I had. We didn’t have anything that we packed in the moving truck for over a month. Riley’s nails got long! Also the furry guy got quite dirty from all of the hiking! I wish that we could have given him a proper bath. The brush may have kept our car from becoming a fluff ball of fur.
When planning pit stops and sightseeing, make sure that dogs are allowed! Dogs are allowed on parts of the Grand Canyon, but they are not allowed at Mount Rushmore. Plan accordingly so you don’t run into issues.
We spent on average 6-8 hours driving each day and Riley thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. He got to be close to his parents and be in the car all day; his two favorite things! We made sure to stop every few hours for potty breaks and food. We also went on hikes when we could to stretch our legs. Having our Business Bag with us everywhere we went made picking up poo a no-brainer. It makes me feel like such a responsible dog owner.
I thought staying in hotels might be difficult with Riley but we didn’t run into any problems. We just made sure to find hotels that allow dogs. There are actually more out there than I thought. Some charge an extra fee per night, some charge a refundable deposit, and some don’t charge at all for fur friends! Make sure to read the fine print about your hotels dog policy! Some places require that you put your dog in their crate if you leave the room. I would recommend putting your “do not disturb” sign on your dog as well so that the cleaning crew don’t have to work around your dog. That could be stressful for everyone involved. One hotel’s policy said that we couldn’t leave our dog in the hotel alone even if he was crated. This was a little annoying as we would have to take turns getting our free breakfast so that one person could stay with Rye in the room. Most hotels were kind enough to put us on the first floor near a side exit so that we could easily take Rye out to go potty. Remember to use belly bands as well if you think your dog may mark or have an accident! That way you can get your deposit back if you paid one.
Be mindful of the time of year you are going on your trip. The further west we went, the weather got hotter and we ended up eating all of our meals in the car so that Riley wasn’t locked in a hot car. Also, we learned that Riley’s feet get hot in the west! That was one thing we were not prepared for and it limited our ability to hike as far. I have just now bought Riley some boots and I will have to write a separate blog once we’ve learned more about them. I am hoping they will protect my pups feet from the hot ground...as long as he keeps them on his feet and walks normal!
Overall we had a wonderful trip! Riley even helped both Paul and I calm down at times when we got stressed. He is a great companion and I am so glad that we were able to take Riley on our cross country adventure! I hope that these tips will help if you decide to take your doggy on a road trip. Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you have any questions or tell us if you’ve been on a road trip with your dog!
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Good Morning everyone! I hope that you are doing well today. Last Wednesday we launched our newest product, our StayDry belly bands! We are very excited to bring these high-end belly bands to our customers. The StayDry belly bands are sewn all the way around the belly band to create a decorative edge. The power of the StayDries is in the extra layer of fabric that is next to your dog’s belly. It is specially designed to absorb urine as soon as it touches the fabric and it sends it through to the inside layer of absorbent material. This way your dog’s belly stays much drier than average belly bands. A dry belly is a clean belly that doesn’t get irritated! So please check out our StayDry Belly Bands by clicking on this link!
Here is my favorite mug and my Valentines day flowers as I write this morning!
Today I want to talk to you about birthdays...doggy birthdays. I got Riley as a belated birthday present in May. He was born either March 22nd or the 23rd. I really can’t remember! The problem is that as long as I have owned Riley, I always forget to celebrate his birthday altogether!! Even just a little bit! I don’t know how it has slipped my mind the past 8 years! So this year I am writing it down in my calendar and I will plan a birthday celebration to make up for my forgetfulness all these years. Here is a list of ways to celebrate your doggy’s birth!
Good morning everyone! I hope you are doing well today. The weather has been great here in Pennsylvania and we have been taking Riley for some wonderful hikes!
Riley will be turning 9 years old this March. I’ve really gotten to know his personality in that time. I’m not sure when I started talking for Riley, but I think I’, pretty good at expressing whatever Riley is trying to say. I think Riley appreciates it too. I know some of you talk for your dog as well! I have a special voice I use when I talk for him and sometimes he can be very sassy. I thought you might like to hear what Riley has to say and so I wrote down an interview I had with him today. Enjoy!
Hello everyone! Today we have another special treat for you! Cindy Aldridge from ourdogfriends.org has prepared a great topic about dogs that I think is sometimes overlooked but very powerful. She has written "Getting Your Mental Health Back on Track with a Canine Companion". After reading, I think you will agree just how much dogs can affect our mental health. Enjoy!
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For many people, struggling with their mental health is more of a challenge than getting over a physical ailment like the flu. Things that they used to enjoy feel like a struggle under the weight of depression, anxiety, or any of the myriad mental health issues Americans deal with everyday. While therapy and medication are necessary for most, people can also supplement their self care with other methods. For many people, adopting a dog helps occupy the mind, create a routine, and provide much needed affection for getting through mental health problems.
Good morning to you! I hope you are having a great day no matter what time you are reading this. Business has been very busy lately and I have you to thank for that! In our last blog I talked about how we were leaving Riley with a friend for a long weekend while we were on a trip. Well it turned out that Riley was a very good boy while we were gone. The temperature in Pennsylvania was in the below zero so they spent time inside playing with Rye’s toys and staying warm. Riley did manage to break out of his crate while Kyle was gone for just a few hours. What a crazy boy! Here is a picture of the Riley-sized hole he created in his soft crate.
Do you see the white thread on the left side of his door? That is where we patched a hole many years ago after Riley scratched through it the first time. Being able to sew when you own a dog sure comes in handy!
Good morning and happy new year to you! I hope you had a great Christmas full of family and fun! I know we sure did! 2017 was a wonderful year full of growth and development both personally and with Coddled Canine. Now that I know that I am capable of doing some cool things, I plan to take those cool things to the next level in 2018. Thank you for your continued support! I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
Today I am going to talk about dog sitting. As a Christmas gift to each other, Paul and I are going on a 3 day trip this weekend for an event. In the past when we would go on trips, my parents lived down the street and were happy to watch Riley while we were gone. Now that we live in Pennsylvania, it would be much more complicated to get Riley to their house. What do you do when you need a dog sitter?
Abbey is the owner of Coddled Canine and her dog, Riley. Join us on our crazy adventures as we journey through this awesome life together!
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