Submissive urination, as it's called, is canine politeness taken to a damp level. Prime times for this are when you, or anyone else, enters your home or if you scold the dog. This has nothing to do with housebreaking. It is actually an extremely polite canine gesture of respect. Many pups will do this and, if you don't react to it, most will outgrow it.
One sweet couple called me in because their beloved older dog was going to the bathroom all over the house. I told them the truth: she was old, she was having a hard time controlling herself, she was getting forgetful. It happens.
Here's what you can do:
Any problem solving exercise begins with the question: Are all the basics in place? If we’re problem solving some issue with our car, we start with these questions: Is there gas in the tank? Enough oil?
Congrats on your new companion! Now, even previously tidy dogs can be thrown off after being in a shelter or rescue and coming to your new home. So here are some ideas to help him settle in and get back to being the clean dog he was before (and if he wasn’t, to being the clean dog he was always meant to be).
Being able to tell your dog to go here – now - is a huge help when you are late for work, it is pouring rain, you are not feeling well, you’re traveling, expecting guests, etc. And not to worry, urinating or defecating does not embarrass a dog. For them, these things are just everyday behaviors like sitting or lying down.
What do you do when your puppy or dog is urinating and/or defecating in his crate or you have to leave you pup longer than he can yet hold it? You take a “crate break” by setting him up in a pen, hall, or small room where he can, when he needs to, move away from his sleeping/eating areas to relieve himself.
Here’s what you do:
The equation is pretty simple: What goes in your dog comes out of your dog. So it makes sense to review what is going in if you’re having trouble with where things are coming out.
Caution! Some people severely limit a dog’s access to food and water when wrestling with housebreaking. Don’t! We want to make sure you are doing the optimum, not depriving your dog in any way.
Dogs are supposed to keep their crates clean – right? Usually, but that desire can be worn down in several ways. Once it is worn down, a dog will start dirtying his crate more and more often since he cares less and less each time he does.
Here is some advice commonly given out about housebreaking and why you should ignore it:
"Rub his nose in it."
Not only is this disgusting but it makes no sense to the dog. It teaches the dog to fear you, and that fear can create more housebreaking problems not fewer. Frightened dogs can learn to hide when they go to avoid this treatment. They are then often called "spiteful" when they are, in fact, frightened and confused.
Most dogs do not cry or bark to let us know they need to go out and do their business. Guide dogs for the blind are trained to make contact with a string of bells hanging from the door they normally use to go out. Sightless people would not know if their dogs were at the door, looking pathetic, hoping to be noticed. Even though sighted people should notice their dogs waiting at the door, we are often distracted with phone calls, computer work, housework or kids. That’s how potty accidents occur.
What's the Problem?
You walk your pup or dog outside for a long time and nothing happens. However, when you get in, the pup goes immediately - often to his papers (or to where they used to be). He simply will not go outside.
Exhausted from lack of sleep? Frustrated with your puppy for waking up in the middle of the night? We bet. We’ve been there, we know what it’s like, and we have ideas that can help.
First: What is going on?
Needs to Go
What's the Problem?
Any age dog who urinates and defecates around the house. Most often these dogs dirty in the unused areas like the basement, guest room or formal dining room, or by the door he normally exits from, but some go anywhere, anytime.
A variety of physical issues can cause what appear to be housebreaking problems in an otherwise tidy dog. These are not issues that can be resolved by training or corrections; they need to be addressed with veterinary care. Your dog cannot help having these accidents.
We list some of the possible health issues here, followed by common mistakes people tend to make when their dog starts having housebreaking problems. With any sudden, unexplained housebreaking problems in a dog who has previously been clean indoors, please check with your veterinarian promptly.