A lot of people love owning pets primarily due to the fact that they provide companionship to combat loneliness. There are even those who go as far as to consider their dogs as part of the family. There are instances; however, when a person can’t seem to get enough pets and goes overboard with their number. If you have the means to take care of multiple dogs, go for it. On the other hand, if you have a busy schedule or if you don’t have the equipment to take care of these animals, try your best to do a bit of population control.
You can’t fully assure the safety and wellbeing of your pets if you have too many of them. You can’t make sure that all of your pets get an equal amount of food since in most cases, it’s just one or two dogs that get the lion’s share of every meal. Having a lot of pets at home can also result in their population growing exponentially because of nearly constant procreation. However, while these scenarios can be tricky, these aren’t the worst things that can happen to you as a pet owner. You may not even encounter these problems at all.
You can easily think of a feeding scheme that benefits all your pets. You could even make additional income by selling your puppies, or you could simply give them to a new home. However, the problem that plagues almost every pet owner, even the ones that only have a single dog at home, is them urinating everywhere. There are times when the smell this makes is simply unbearable. In case you still haven’t figured this out yet, well, you’re in luck. We’re here to tell you how you can discipline your puppy regarding its urinating habits.
First of all, you have to learn that your puppy peeing uncontrollably can be due to a wide variety of medical concerns. If you’re certain that a medical condition is what’s causing your dog to pee anywhere and everywhere, you should take them to a veterinarian immediately instead of trying to find a suitable behavioral modification technique. If the root of the problem is purely structural, changing your dog’s behavior can’t do much at all. Most likely, it’s medicine and surgery that can help out here.
One such medical condition is a urinary tract infection or UTI, which can affect dogs of all ages. It is more likely to happen with female dogs as opposed to their male counterparts. This is a pretty common concern that affects a dog’s urethra, but luckily it’s also easily treatable with medication such as antibiotics. Frequent urination isn’t the only symptom of an infection of your puppy’s urinary tract. You may also notice things such as bloody or hazy urine. Before he or she starts to pee, your dog may also squat for a longer period of time. You may also find them whining as they pee. Cushing’s disease may also cause urination problems in dogs.
Uncontrollable urination may also be an early warning sign of diabetes in dogs, more specifically the type known as diabetes mellitus. Diabetes insipidus may also cause this, but the former is more common. This kind of diabetes happens when your pet’s digestive system cannot properly break down different forms of sustenance into useful nutrients. Constant peeing isn’t the only symptom you’ll notice if your dog is diabetic. As time goes by, you may also observe that they poop quite frequently, sometimes as soon as they finish their meal. Talk to your vet as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
If your dog has low blood sugar levels, they will also feel lethargic, which would cause them to eat an increased amount of food more often than normal. Due to the fact that most food for dogs contain a high amount of sugar, your pet would also need to drink more water to balance things out. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for canine diabetes just yet. The best course of action to take in this case is to regulate your dog’s diet, make them drink the appropriate medication, and provide them with regularly scheduled exercise.
Now we’ve discussed the medical concerns that could potentially be affecting your dog’s bladder regulation, we’ll now touch more on two other situations wherein your dog can urinate without much control. These are when they’re excited or when they feel submissive, which are more of behavioral concerns. The ways in which you would handle these two situations are quite different. You wouldn’t use a technique for a shy dog on one that’s too excitable, and vice versa. That just won’t work under any circumstance.
Excitement urination is more common in younger dogs, who may let out small amounts of urine whenever they’re feeling excited about something. This could be something as simple as you coming home from a long day at work, or something special like going to the park or on a play date. The latter, meanwhile, happens when a dog feels scared or inferior compared to a person or to another animal. Both of these behaviors will hopefully go away once a puppy has reached a certain age. If they haven’t, follow the tips we shared below.
- Urinating When Excited
Let’s talk about excitement urination first. The first thing you can do to reduce this behavior in your puppy is to lessen the amount as well as the intensity of the excitement triggers they may encounter. For instance, you don’t really need to make such a grand entrance when you go through the front door. By this we mean being overly enthusiastic to see your pet to the point that you give them treats and other wants just by greeting you upon your return. Something like this may get your dog too worked up that they’ll find it difficult to control their bladder. You may also want to take your puppy outside when you get home to avoid them peeing indoors.
Like with most other living creatures, dogs are the easiest learners when they’re still young. Take this golden opportunity to teach dogs about how to act calm while they’re still just puppies. Your dog should be able to follow commands such as “stay,” “down,” and “sit” even while something excites them. If you can help your puppy calm themselves down, then there’s less of a chance that they’ll accidentally spray urine on things like your clothes or furniture. Make sure that this skill can be generalized to other environments aside from home.
Once your dog has learned how to perform these calming behaviors, your job as a pet owner is to reinforce these behaviors whenever they’re shown. This will produce much more favorable outcomes compared to rewarding your pet for being overexcited. For example, you may only approach your dog to feed them or to play with them if they show that they’re calm. This could be in the form of them sitting or staying in a certain spot on command. If you have them, you can also give your puppy a treat if they exhibit these good behaviors.
Lastly, you should be setting a good example for the pets you have at home. You should learn to stay calm even when your pet is jumping up and down in front of you since it teaches them to do the same. Some dogs act excited around their owners to grab attention. If you want to stop this from happening, simply ignore them. This will eventually teach the dogs, through conditioning, that the proper way to get what they want is through good waiting and calm behaviors.
- Submissive Peeing
Now let’s talk about puppies peeing themselves when they’re feeling submissive. One of the primary reasons that a dog might feel this way is if the people around them appear too threatening, most especially their owner. In order to appear more approachable for your puppy, go towards them while on your knees. You may also want to turn your torso away from your pet as you’re approaching it. Similarly, you can turn away your gaze as you come closer and closer to the animal. Eventually, you may also let your puppy come to you.
Once you’ve gotten closer to your dog, try stroking their chin or rubbing their belly. This signals to them that you’re not a threat. When you’ve pinpointed the scenarios wherein your dog acts out, try distracting them with another activity that they’ll enjoy such as fetch. If you want your dog’s submissive behaviors to come to an end, avoid things such as verbal or physical punishments, establishing direct eye contact, leaning or reaching over, and petting your dog on the head. The things that make you feel intimidated probably do the same for your four-legged friend as well. So it would help to think about these things first before subjecting your dog to them.
- Avoid Punishment as Much as Possible
You shouldn’t get mad at your dog for exhibiting these excited or submissive behaviors; sometimes it’s in their nature. We suggest that you avoid screaming or yelling at your pet if it has an “accident.” Instead of stopping the bad behaviors, this may reinforce their belief that the living creatures in the house are dangerous. You should never, under any circumstance, hit your puppy as well. Reprimanding your dog for things like these could also make them afraid to pee near you, which could lead to more instances of accidental urination. Simply put, punishment may cause negative behaviors to manifest in some other undesirable form.
- Marking Territory
Marking is another reason why dogs seemingly lose control of their urination. When a dog wants to claim an area as their own, they’ll mark it with their very own urine. This also happens when a new puppy is introduced, as both dogs will attempt to fight over territory in the first few days of getting to know one another. Keep in mind that some male dogs may continue to exhibit marking behaviors even after they’re neutered. If this keeps on happening even after your dog has been properly trained, there’s nothing wrong with repeating this regimen.
There are some key differences between territorial marking and simple peeing, which make it quite easy to differentiate them. When a dog wants to mark their territory, they’ll pee there in shorter bursts. Some of these bursts may only last a couple of drops at one time as well. You’ll notice these bursts of urination happening in similar places – those which a dog wants to deem as their area. On the other hand, incontinence comes out in the form of your puppy peeing in random places with long and steady streams.
- Environmental Modification
It would also be helpful to check the environment in and around your home to see if there are any other things there that cause excited or submissive behaviors. As we’ve mentioned previously, a new addition to the family – a newborn baby or a new pet, for instance – may be a trigger. Similarly, a person leaving the house or passing away may also cause a behavioral problem in your dog that manifests as urination difficulties. Loud sounds in the environment such as construction or yard work may also provoke a dog’s unwanted behaviors.
- Clean Up Afterwards
You should also remember to clean up properly after your four-legged friend when it pees without warning. Use a cleaner with enzymes to eliminate as much of the bad smell of urine as possible. If you don’t properly clean up the mess, your puppy might constantly smell his or her own pee. If this happens, your dog might think that the inside of your house, even those places that aren’t meant for peeing, is an appropriate place to urinate in. We’re pretty sure that you don’t want that to happen, so be a responsible dog owner and tidy up.
Once you’ve identified what causes your dog to pee uncontrollably, take the appropriate course of action immediately. If possible, use more than one of the methods we’ve presented to stop your dog’s urination problems quickly and more effectively.
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