How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House

dog potty train

Most dogs are house trained within a few weeks, but some puppies and older dogs may take longer. Even though house training can be tough, there are so many reasons for it to take a little longer. If your dog is still not getting the hang of it after two weeks, there may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Have you ever wondered what to do when your dog keeps peeing inside? We’ve got the solution in 3 easy steps!

What Causes Your Dog To Pee Inside

Dogs might pee indoors for a variety of reasons. Understanding what might be causing this issue can help you better address the problem.

The best way to stop your dog from peeing in the house is to identify and eliminate the cause.

Some possible causes for indoor peeing include:

Not being let outside often



Try taking your dog outside more often to give them the opportunity to go potty.

If your dog is anxious or the weather is uncomfortable, make sure they are able to stay cool and warm.

If your dog seems more nervous than normal, you might want to consider seeing a veterinarian ASAP to rule out any underlying medical problems.

Another probable cause why your dog might want to pee inside the house is a desire to pee at his favorite place inside the house. He may have had an accident or simply can’t hold it anymore.

In this case, if you don’t want him to pee on that spot again, it would be best if you used an enzymatic cleaner to clean the area completely.

Some things that a dog might want to pee on include:

  • Piece of furniture
  • The backseat of your car their bed
  • Their favorite toys.

The urine you’re removing might not be as obvious as the foam example, but there is a good chance that your dog has marked the things around your home.

This could be furniture, rugs, walls, or the back of your car.

It is also possible that your dog has peed on his bed or one of his toys and it’s covered in urine.

If you know your dog wants to pee on a certain spot, such as a piece of furniture, make sure you put out the items that he wants to use.

Potty trained dogs stopped frequently peeing when their owner included increase potty time in the wholistic dog training sessions.

The idea was to break the peeing habit and then to make the dog stop peeing in inappropriate places. It is the same as with children. You stop them from doing something that is bad and then teaches them what they should do instead.

It does not matter if it is peeing or eating too much candy. It worked! I never had to place a piece of paper in the box again.

Inappropriate Urination

Inappropriate urination is a common problem for dogs because they begin peeing in the wrong places.

One solution is to start slowly increasing the time you train your dog to pee on a piece of furniture that is inside the house and not outside where they might pee in an accident or potty.

When you make it easier to pee indoors, they will start doing it more often and will have fewer accidents.

dog learns to go pee outside

What To Do If You Have Multiple Dogs

Don’t forget that you need to take care of each dog individually!

If you have two dogs, you need to give them potty training lessons separately.

This will be a lot easier than trying to train them both at the same time.

Potty training a puppy can be difficult. They may forget and they may just have accidents because they’re learning.

But if you give them both individual potty training lessons, they’ll remember more.

When you can’t potty train a dog, it’s sometimes because the dog is just stubborn.

For some dogs, it is simple to teach them not to pee and poop on the floor. For other dogs, they need more time to learn.

If your dog is not obeying you, then it may be harder to train them.

Is it because of a health problem? Many older dogs can’t go potty outside like they used to because they are starting to have bladder problems.

But they can learn to go on pee pads. If your dog doesn’t like pee pads, try using them in a different room at first.

When you know your dog is really desperate, move the pad closer and closer to where you normally want your dog to go potty.

I have a large yard and wanted to train my dog to stay off the lawn. I had heard that conducting training lessons separately is more effective than training them together, so I began with my dogs individually.

I would take him out in the backyard and train him to walk on the grass. In addition, I tried to reward him for pottying on the grass as much as possible.

This has helped tremendously with training my dogs.

Visiting Your Veterinarian

When visiting your veterinarian, mention the issue your dog is peeing in the house and has been urinating too frequently, you should make an appointment with the veterinarian to conduct blood tests.

Talk about the issue with the vet and mention that your dog is peeing in the house. The vet will prescribe medications to stop him from peeing and provide guidance for behavior modification to help your dog stop this behavior.

The veterinarian can also conduct blood tests to rule out certain diseases and provide medications to help your dogs with their urination problems.

Some drugs may help make the urine more acidic, thus making it more difficult for the dog to urinate in the house.

Sometimes, the veterinarian may need to provide a small tube, called a catheter, for the dog to urinate through, so that it can be monitored.

This tube is usually placed in the urethra and will only be used for short-term cases or dogs with conditions such as kidney stones.

It’s also important to check for a UTI or bladder stones to see if there is a medical reason for the behavior.

The vet will be able to provide you with medications and special diets to reduce the behavior.

dog is happily running outside

It’s important for a dog to urinate normally as it helps to prevent urinary tract infections.

When your veterinarian is checking the dog’s health, mention if your dog has been peeing more than usual, or urinating outside of its usual place.

If there are other dogs in the house, make sure that they are not preventing your dog from being able to use the bathroom.