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dogs urinate on furniture, etc. without the owner being aware of it, as
the dog will rarely do it in view of the owners. This behavior is always
more pronounced in situations when other dogs are visiting the household
regularly or when more than one dog is owned.
thing to establish is that the dog is fit and well and that there are
no underlying medical reasons for the behavior. It is therefore advisable
to give your dog a thorough veterinary examination prior to implementing
the procedures outlined below.
of food given to the dog may also influence this behavior. Some types
of food (those consisting of a lot of non-digestible filler ingredients,
typically low-cost foods) result in the dog passing a large proportion
of what they have eaten. This results in dog's needing to go to the bathroom
much more frequently than dogs fed on a more digestible diet. It stands
to reason that a dog that needs to relieve itself three times in every
twenty-four hours is going to be much easier to housetrain than a dog
that needs to go six times or more.
Do not use ammonia based cleaning agents to clean up as the smell often
encourages the dog to use these areas again. Generally, enzyme-based cleaners
Do not scold your dog physically or try and rub his nose in the mess.
This will have the effect of making your dog afraid to go in front of
you, and hide when he wants to go to the toilet and makes the job of housetraining
much more difficult for you.
Only scold your dog verbally if you catch him in the act of going to the
Keep a daily diary of elimination times, exercise times, your dogs
preferred toileting surfaces, etc. This makes it easy for a behavioral
specialist to then provide you with a program that will cure even the
most difficult housetraining problems.
Always inform your vet if you notice any sudden change in your dogs
Be patient and try not to clear up any mess with your dog present, or
he may learn to mess on the floor in order to gain attention. Put him
out in the yard or closed in another room and then clean up.
in England suggests that surgical sterilization will greatly reduce cases
of dogs urinating in the home. Other solutions include:
Dividing up your dogs daily food allowance into separate portions,
each portion in a separate bowl. Place these bowls in all locations where
your dog has previously urinated and leave them there all of the time,
even when the food has been eaten.
Make sure your dog is getting outside often enough to relieve himself.
Double the number of times a day he goes out. If this stops the indoor
marking, gradually decrease the number of outdoor trips. Or, if possible,
install a dog door and train your dog to use it so that he has free access
to a safe (enclosed) outdoor area in which he may urinate.
It is beneficial, in some cases, to apply a small amount of Vicks
Vaporub to the area on each side of your dogs nostrils at danger
times such as when visitors arrive, etc. This makes it difficult for him
to smell previous scent marks and helps to deter unwanted marking.
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