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!
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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