How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: dogs pee in the house because, for them, it’s the easiest thing to do. They can’t tell you why they’re doing it, and all too often, pet owners get frustrated and resort to punishing their furry friends (which only makes matters worse). So how can you stop your dog from peeing in the house?

Take them to the vet.

If you take your dog to the vet and they do not have any medical issues, then there are some things that you can do in order to help them stop peeing in the house.

  • First, make sure that your dog has plenty of water available at all times. If they need a little extra encouragement, pour out a bowl of water for them so that you make sure they keep drinking it.
  • Also, if you are having problems with accidents happening during the day when no one is around, then try putting them outside when everyone goes to bed at night (or whenever), even if it’s only for 30 minutes or so. Then bring them back into the house once everyone wakes up again later on in the morning or afternoon. This should show them which parts of their environment are “safe” and where they should stay when left alone during certain periods throughout each day; this way they can learn what areas not to go potty on without having any accidents!

Stick to a schedule

The most important part of your schedule is the feeding. Make sure you feed your dog at the same time every day, and always use the same bowl and food. A good rule of thumb is to give him half a cup of water for every 10 pounds he weighs, along with his kibble (which should be about one-fifth of his total daily caloric intake).

If you’re not already doing so, begin walking your dog at least twice a day—once in the morning and once in the evening—and make these walks consistent as well. Don’t leave out any details on this list: include playtime, walking or training sessions, brushing/cleaning their coats (if they have one), etc.—anything that helps keep your pet happy and healthy!

Use a crate

A crate is a safe space for your dog to feel secure and comfortable. It can also help you manage the behavior of your dog, especially when they are young.

The crate can be used to housebreak a new pet or puppy, as they will not want to soil their sleeping area. Once trained, this will help with potty training as well!

Dogs are den animals by nature, so they prefer small spaces where they feel protected. A crate allows them this feeling while also giving us humans peace of mind because we know our fur babies are safe inside the box at all times (or at least until you let them out).

Change your habits

What you have to do is change your habits.

  • Leave your dog alone for long periods of time? Stop that! Dogs are pack animals and need to be around other dogs or humans all the time. So make sure you’re home at least 8-10 hours per day, if not more, so your dog can interact with someone else and get some exercise.
  • Is there no water available for them in the house? Make sure that you always have a bowl full of water somewhere in the house. If not, get one ASAP!
  • Does their favorite spot in the house smell like pee? If it does, then chances are they want to pee there again because they know what happens when they do so: nothing! You should find some way (such as cleaning up after yourself) so that their favorite spot doesn’t reek anymore or else they’ll continue using it as such despite being taught otherwise by using another area instead (which may end up smelling like pee too).

Catch them in the act

If you catch your dog in the act of peeing or pooping, then it is much more likely that they will associate their punishment with this behavior. This can be done by giving a stern “no” and gently leading them outside (don’t pull on their leash).

If you don’t catch them in the act, they may not associate the punishment with their behavior so easily. For example, if your dog is sleeping on his bed and he gets up to go potty and misses his mark, do not scold him until after he has gone back to bed again because this could make him fearful of going back there later on when he actually needs to relieve himself again.

Teach them an alternate behavior

The most common way to stop a dog from peeing in the house is to teach them an alternate behavior. This can be as simple as teaching your dog that there’s a place they’re supposed to go potty outside, or it can be more complex and involve crate training.

If you have the opportunity to use a crate, then this is the best method to keep your pet out of trouble while you’re not around. A crate is effective because once dogs associate their sleeping area with something positive (like treats!), they’ll want to keep doing it over and over again! If your puppy has just started getting used to them, try putting some of their favorite toys inside for overnight stays so that when they wake up in such a confined space they won’t feel abandoned or scared by their surroundings — instead they’ll think “Oh wow! I’m going somewhere exciting!”

Another way is using a potty pad or litter box indoors; although these don’t always work well depending on how large or small your dog is but if done correctly then this could be one option which could help prevent accidents from occurring throughout the day when you’re busy working around the house without realizing what’s happening until it’s too late!

Alternatively if none of these options appeal then maybe consider setting up an area outside where he/she feels comfortable going when nature calls? This way at least we wouldn’t have too much trouble cleaning up after ourselves each time something happens.

Clean up thoroughly

After you’ve cleaned up the urine, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not going to happen again. For that, you need to make sure your dog can’t get back in the house and pee where they shouldn’t. One way is by closing all doors and windows at night so they can’t sneak in through an open window or door. You might also want to consider keeping your dog inside during the day while you’re away at work so they don’t have as much opportunity for accidents when left alone.

If this is a new issue that just started happening recently and your dog hasn’t been sick or acting differently recently (i.e., they seem fine otherwise), then chances are it’s something simple like anxiety over being left home alone or other stress factors (like not getting enough exercise). If that’s the case, here are some tips on how best deal with those issues:

  • Don’t leave them outside unattended for long periods of time without taking them out first because their bladder won’t hold their pee once too full!
  • Make sure there is always someone home who can take them out if needed; otherwise plan ahead using our tips from above!
  • Make sure there isn’t anything else causing stress such as separation anxiety from being left alone too long without another family member present (such as having visitors come over unexpectedly).

Determine if it’s a medical problem

If your dog is urinating in the house for no apparent reason, you should take them to the vet. This is especially true if it’s happening after they have been neutered or spayed, as this could indicate a urinary tract infection or other medical problem that requires treatment with antibiotics or even surgery. If there are signs of pain during urination (such as your dog holding his/her tail up high), also bring him/her to the veterinarian.

If nothing seems off about their health, then it’s time to start looking at how you’re training them and what kind of environment they are living in.

The best way to stop your dog from peeing in the house is to become aware of why they’re doing it.

The most important thing you can do is become aware of why your dog’s peeing in the house. If it’s because you’re getting older and he doesn’t want to walk as far, that’s a problem that can be solved by taking him out more often. If he’s peeing on something specific, like your bed or clothes, then there might be an underlying issue that needs addressed first.

If your dog has been doing this for years without any intervention from you then it’s likely just a habit (like how humans develop bad habits). You may already have tried everything else so now it’s time for some serious action!


Now that you know the most common reasons a dog might be peeing in the house and can work to resolve any underlying issues, it should be easier to stop them from doing so. If you still have questions or need more help, we recommend talking to your vet or trainer. Good luck!