why does my puppy keep peeing on the floor
This is pretty normal for puppies until they're potty trained and learn to hold it, but if your dog is potty trained and keeps going in the house anyway, there could be a number of reasons. Make sure you're taking your dog out several times a day and that the cleaner you're using to clean up the pee does not have ammonia in it. Dog's urine naturally contains ammonia, so if you use that to clean up the pee spot, it will still smell like pee to the dog and encourage him/her to continue going potty there. A cleaner with enzymes will break down the urine best to eliminate the smell. (You can also get pet-repellent sprays from pet stores, or use natural oils containing scents that dogs prefer to avoid, to keep them away from popular pee areas. These work well for some dogs, while other dogs don't seem to care. ) A stressful home environment (too many dogs at a time; owners not getting along; loud, scary reprimands; separation anxiety at a sitter's house; etc. ) might encourage frequent peeing out of nervousness. Or it could be to seek attention. The issue could also be medical, like a UTI (urinary tract infection) or incontinence. If the dog seems unable to hold it, is in pain when urinating, or is going super frequently, I'd talk to a vet.
Every ounce of this article should be ignored. and some of the methods the readers are resorting to are appalling and should be avoided at all costs.
Hitting, yelling, spanking or otherwise punishing your dog will only result in damage to your dog's emotional well-being and destroy any relationship you have with your animal. Canine psychology and research tells us that a dog can ONLY understand a praise or a correction within 2 SECONDS of the action occurring. that's right, a mere 2 SECONDS. This means that if you see the dog do something you like (such as sitting when you say 'sit') you must offer a treat or praise within 2 SECONDS or the dog will not understand that sitting was what caused you to reward him or her. Likewise, if the dog does something undesirable, such as peeing/pooping in the house, they will NOT make the connection if you bring them back to the accident AFTER the fact and scold them. All they understand is that you are angry. THAT is the reason you may see your dog exhibit a 'guilty look. ' Dogs want to please their owners and while your dog understands that you are displeased, he has no absolutely no idea why!
If you want your dog to understand that peeing/pooping indoors is a no-no, YOU MUST CATCH THEM IN THE ACT. If you see your dog peeing/pooping in your home, quickly interrupt the dog by saying 'ut ut' and immediately scoop the dog up and take them outside to finish the act. IF YOU MISS THE DOG HAVING THE ACCIDENT AND FIND THE 'EVIDENCE' LATER, it is TOO LATE to scold the dog; you have missed the crucial 2 second window. Clean up the mess, let it go, and keep a closer watch so that you can catch the dog in the act next time. If you return your dog to the 'scene of the crime' and push their face into the pee/poop, scream, yell, hit or otherwise punish your dog, all you will succeed in doing is causing your dog to be wary and scared of you. that's all! When you leave your home or are unable to keep a close eye on your untrained dog, crate him or her. This is not at ALL bad for the dog if the dog is crate-trained properly. When you first get a puppy, take the dog out every hour and give them a chance to eliminate. It is helpful to pick an eliminate command and say this command as they are doing the act. Then give the dog a treat within 2 seconds of the dog finishing his or her business.
The dog will begin to associate the word you say with what they are doing (peeing/pooping). The general rule is the puppies can hold their bowels/bladders 1 hour for every month they are old, i. e. a 2 month old puppy should be able to 'hold i' for 2 hours. Make sure to take your puppy outside after naps, right before bed, right after waking up in the morning and after each meal. There are all sorts of effective training methods that will get you the results you want without causing physical or emotional harm to your animal. Research 'positive reinforcement training'--there are a lot of valid suggestions online about how to utilize these methods. Please note: dogs that have been rescued from neglectful situations or puppy mill environments are significantly more difficult to housetrain since they have often been forced to eliminate in their crates or pens. When a dog begins to eliminate in the same place he or she eats and sleeps, it is a very difficult habit to reverse. This is common with some pet store dogs as well--it depends on how well the store (and kennels) are maintained. Hope this helps someone!
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