How do we stop our dog from urinating in the house?

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we have a 2 year old male dog who refuses to stop marking his territory inside our house. He is the only pet we have inside. Any helpful tips to get him to stop would be appreciated.

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  • Bitter apple spray works for some dogs. You just have to be adamant and tell him NO when you see him start to scout. We rescued a male dog in October and are going through the same thing. My house is worse as there is a constant parade of male dogs in and out of my house and yard. On this dog, the bitter apple spray is working. On my previous male dog it didn't and I just had to be patient and train him. Here are some helpful sites!


    https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/prevent-urine-marking


    https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/curbing-marking/


    https://www.adoptapet.com/blog/stop-your-dogs-territorial-marking-inside/


    This weekend everyone is going out of town for the holiday weekend. I will have 9 dogs (3 male), 6 cats, a canary and a dragon. Hope the weather holds! Going to be a busy weekend in my small house and yard!

  • Gk Gk on Dec 20, 2018

    You can crate train your dog and take him out to the bathroom on a regular schedule. Dogs will not normally urinate where they sleep and you may have to backtrack on house training your dog. It may take a few weeks of crate training before you can feel confident he won't pee in the house. LOTS of positive rewards for going outside. When you do allow him to be free in the house you have to watch him carefully and reprimand with a sharp NO and a trip outside so he understands outside is the place to go--not inside. You can clean all the areas he pees on with a enzyme cleaner to try and get rid of any previous urine smell. You can have a professional carpet cleaner come in as well to locate the urine spots and do a special carpet cleaning. Has your dog been neutered? This may help. You should talk to your vet as well for some helpful ideas and to rule out any medical issues.

  • NVG NVG on Dec 20, 2018

    Thanks will try it out

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 20, 2018

    Neuter him(?) Everytime he gets up for anything let him out immediately no hesistation. Get a small can(soup) put some marbles,rocks,jingle bells in it duck tape them in it securely, when he marks in front of you toss it at him and yell NO then take him out right then & there ASAP.They usually do it if they hear something outside or especially if someone comes to door, if you come home or bring something new into house.So put it buy door for when you come in. Have several cans so you can get to them asap in different areas. Use this product "STINKERS"where he has marked( nothing over counter,home remedy eliminates animal pee they smell it even if you cannot) https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Pet-Odor-Remover-Stinkers-Odor-Remover-Kills-Odors-Fast-Forever/361143373?goog_pla=1&gpid=76984043821&keyword=&goog_pla=1&pos=1o5&ad_type=pla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-v3l2rTQ3gIVFNVkCh3hrwoeEAQYBSABEgJ1kvD_BwE He's just now getting to fully matured age at 2yrs. Now is the time to train him correctly so you don't think/feel getting rid of him later is an option for what people label as behavioural issues. It takes work & patience. If he is not neutered it is of upmost importance that you get him neutered. It will make your lives together much more fun.

  • Sue Peet Sue Peet on Dec 20, 2018

    I've heard that they don't do that after they have been fixed.


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    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 20, 2018

      Exactly you need to control what they are doing. Depending on age & back ground of dog some take a long(er) time to correct. You should be able to tell by posturing of dog/dogs tail when they'll get ready to do it, and intervene asap.Have Chihuahua rescue( found at age 5-6yrs old) have had him going on 6yrs and he still thinks about when someone comes to door I can tell by looking at him,then he looks up at me I just say "Elmo don't you do it"and he doesn't. I let him out right away so he can mark on something outside, everyone is happy.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 20, 2018

    Have you taken him to the vet to rule out a medical issue?

  • NVG NVG on Dec 20, 2018

    He’s healthy and has not been neutered. Will talk to my husband about that. Thanks for everyone’s advice/help.

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 21, 2018

      It's important to get him neutered. I had un-neutered male 70lb dog he was a good boy did not mark in house instead he used to jump thru the glass windows when I went to work whenever the neighbors unfixed female came into heat. Also there are hundreds of dogs weekly that are euthanized in shelters across the U.S. in every town,city,county even private run facilities because they are no longer wanted due to easily fixed behaviour problems & so many over bred unwanted litters(please don't breed him). He has reached his full growth potential at 2yrs. so won't bulk up anymore(some people think they should not neuter before male dog gets to full potential/size). Also when I talked about using can for noise, when you toss it at him I did not mean hit him with it.It's just to startle him asap so he gets that you are directing motion,noise at him when he is marking. Good luck & Happy Holidays!

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