How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House

Dog peeing outside, photo by MikeFinkelstein

Tired of your dog peeing in the house and marking his/her territory everywhere? Well below are some methods on how to stop your dog from peeing in the house. Enough of those Windex bottles and paper towels being used daily to clean up the mess. Put an end to all that misery with these few simple methods.

Having to Pee vs. Wanting to Pee

If you see large puddles of urine on the floor, the odds are your dog had to pee. This just means you have to walk your dog more often. This is not done intentionally, so do not reprimand your dog for this. If you see small amounts of urine on the floor, this means your dog is trying to mark his/her territory and is peeing on items intentionally. Usually you will see your dog marking territories on new pieces of furniture or anything else with an unfamiliar smell. If you have more than one dog, they may be battling to mark the same territory as well.

Do all dogs mark their territories inside the house?

Well no actually, but some do. Usually the ones that are not neutered will be the ones to mark their territories inside the house the most. Another thing that makes dogs mark their territories inside the house is competition with another dog. When housing more than one dog inside a house, you can expect to have some competition for certain ‘pee spots’ around the house. They compete to “mark their territory”.

Why is my dog peeing in the house now when he never use to?

The odds are… you probably just got a new piece of furniture, baby, fake plant, or etc… Anything new that comes into the house brings new smells and new curiosities. All this causes your dog to become insecure. When dog’s feel insecure, they tend to mark their territory on those new objects or items around that specific object. The reason they do this is to make the new object have a familiar smell. This lets the feel less insecure.

How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House

The below methods are used to help stop your dog(s) from peeing in the house. Some may work, others may not. Every dog is different, so different methods will work on different dogs. Just try a few out and see how they go.


This method will usually work for dogs that are still young. You can still try this for older dogs, but the odds are that “marking his territory” will still be a habit for him. Like everyone says, “it’s hard to break a bad habit”.

Monitor Your Dog

This method has been proven to work with many dog owners, but takes a lot of time and dedication to do. You must catch your dog in the act of peeing in the house. Yelling at your dog and spanking him after the job is done is useless. Your dog will have no idea why you are yelling and spanking him, when you are doing it 10 – 20 minutes after he has pee’d in the house. Now, while monitoring your dog and catching him in the act, you are going to want to say firmly “NOOO, BAD DOG!” very loudly so he knows what he is doing is bad. Do this a few times and he will get the hint and stop.

Should I spank my dog?

No, you should never spank your dog or tap your dog on the nose like some people may recommend. Whoever suggested this to you will likely get bit by their dog in the near future. What does spanking your dog and tapping your dog on the nose all have in common? Pain and your hand! You do not want your dog to associate your hand with pain. When he sees a hand coming to pet him or touch his face later on, he will think ‘pain’ and might try to bite you or anyone else trying to pet him. This is not a good method to use and I strongly advise that you do not do this.

What if my voice doesn’t work well?

Create a bottle shaker. You can do this by simply getting a water or Gatorade bottle and adding a few coins in the bottle. Whenever you see your dog peeing, just shake it really hard and it will create a loud noise to stop your dog

Reward Your Dog

Whenever your dog pee’s outside, on a wee-wee pad, or wherever else you want him to pee, you should reward him with a treat. You can easily buy a training treat bag. They are bite sized training cookies to train your dog. Also, when your dog pee’s where you want him too, you should always say “good boy” or “good girl” so your dog can realize that what he/she is doing, is good. Dogs can sense positive responses from their owners very quickly.

While You are Out – Separation

Some dogs will just never learn, and you will probably never trust your dog leaving him roaming around the house while your out. Some people may suggest to keep your dog in a cage while your out but you may not want to keep your dog in such a confined space all day. So why not try putting your dog in an office or a small room where he can stay. Most dogs do well in a room with their bed in it, because they have associated that room with their main bed and will usually not want to urinate or defecate where they sleep.

Separation Anxiety

Some dogs suffer what we call separation anxiety and will urinate or defecate most of the time you are out because they are left alone. This will even happen with well trained dogs who are potty trained. This is not something that can be easily fixed and no reprimanding should be done towards this behavior.

If you must leave your dog alone for any reason, try leaving a shirt that smells like you with the dog. This will allow him to be with a familiar scent of yours so he doesn’t feel totally alone. This doesn’t always work, but can increase the possibility of your dog not urinating or defecating while you are out.

Clean the Urine Spots

If you don’t clean the spots where your dog(s) urinate or defecate, you can expect more markings to come, especially if you have more than one dog. If the scent stays around that area, they will think it will be okay to do it again because it smells like urine. A very important thing to remember when cleaning is to avoid using products that have ammonia as an ingredient. One of the main ingredients in dog urine is ammonia.

I hope you have learned a lot of information from this post and maybe now you know how to stop your dog from peeing in the house.

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  1. I was doing all this things. But my dog just won’t stop peeing in the house, he is 3 month old. He has a brother who lives in the house with him and we have another male dog who lives outside. He will go out do his business but still goes back inside and pees on the floor, couch, in his crate and on his bed.

    • Hello Diana,
      Can I get some more information on how old the dog is (with the peeing problem), how old the brother is, if the 3 month old is the only one with the peeing problem, how often do you walk the dogs, etc…

  2. I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers..
    My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

    • Hey Emily,
      Have you used or thought about using wee wee pads? You could lock him up in a room (bathroom, laundry room, etc…) with a bed and a wee wee pad when you go out. It will teach him to use the wee wee pad. Just make sure the toilet seat is down and there is nothing for him to get into.

      If you don’t want to leave him in a bathroom, you could also get one of those octagon cages where there’s plenty of room for him to walk around, but not so confined as he would be in a cage.

      Every time he goes outside to the bathroom, give him treats. There are training treats that they sell that are small enough to give him a few a day.

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