Inappropriate elimination is among the most common behavioral issues dog owners face. I mean, your one-year-old dog still peeing in the house is not exactly a great thing. Several reasons could explain the reasons behind this problem.
Note that it could be behavioral and at the same time peeing in the house might be a result of medical issues. This article will highlight the reason for a dog peeing in the house. I will also talk about how to make it stop as well.
Why is my one-year-old dog still peeing in the house?
Most dog owners face this challenge at some point. I have had so many people ask me about their adult dog peeing in the house. Now, there is no specific answer to this question. As I indicated above, different reasons could cause your dog to keep peeing in the house.
Medical reasons for an adult dog peeing in the house
Well, in most cases, domesticated dogs are potty trained at an early age. We do this to make our dogs well-behaved. After all, no one wants to sit on a couch smelling dog pee. However, even after training, your dog could experience house-soiling accidents here and there.
However, you must not take it lightly when your dog is still peeing in the house even after training. Well, if you have recently brought the year-old dog home and he still pees in the house, it could be that he has not been potty trained.
Well, below, I am going to outline some of the possible medical problems that could be causing your dog to pee in the house.
Urinary Tract infection
As I have indicated above, a dog could be peeing in the house because he is ill. Now, you must be very keen to notice other symptoms that your dog is suffering from a urinary infection.
While house soiling is a gross habit, you do not have to bash your dog for peeing in the house. Instead, focus on his health. Watch your dog closely and monitor the circumstances at which he is likely to soil the house.
For instance, if you are playing with your dog and he heads to the potty area but pees on the floor, it could be that he has an infection. A dog with a urinary tract infection may not be able to get to the potty area before he releases himself.
You should also look for any symptoms of this illness. For instance, urinary tract infections will be characterized by frequent urination. Your dog might also release a small amount of urine frequently. Other dogs will find it difficult to pass urine, which can be extremely painful.
If you notice any of the above symptoms or more, you should visit your vet immediately.
Incontinence is a widely known problem among old or aging dogs. However, a year-old dog can suffer incontinence as well. It could be a result of illnesses and thus cannot be ignored.
Incontinence happens when your dog is unaware that he is dribbling urine. It is involuntary but will need immediate attention. Now, if your year-old dog is unable to control his bladder, there must be something going on.
Other times, a dog suffering from incontinence might also leave trails of urine as he walks around. He might also pee in bed during naps. It can be quite messy if you do not take your dog to see a vet immediately.
Incontinence in younger dogs is often a result of a medical illness. Diseases such as diabetes or even Cushing’s disease. Therefore, get a med to examine your dog immediately you realize that your dog is having trouble controlling his bladder.
While you should consider kidney disease a serious ailment, you should understand that there are different forms. These are acute and chronic kidney diseases and they can be fatal if left untreated. Note that if your pup’s kidneys are not functioning, it could lead to other serious complications in other organs.
You should spend a lot of time with your dog. This way, you will be able to notice the symptoms of kidney disease early enough. However, only the vet can provide a conclusive diagnosis.
Observe for signs of kidney disease in dogs keenly. These might include:
- Need to drink water more frequently
- Frequent urination
- Loss of weight
Well, these could also be the symptoms of other illnesses in dogs. Therefore, I urge you to take your dog to the vet immediately. The earlier this illness is caught the easier it is to treat. However, chronic kidney disease cannot be cured but it can be managed
Your vet will be able to advise you on the treatment and management of kidney disease.
I indicated that the reasons why a year old dog is still peeing in the house could be medical or behavioral. Now that we have already outlined the common medical issues leading to house soiling, I am going to highlight the behavioral causes.
Behavioral reasons why a year old dog is peeing in the house
Well, some dogs will still pee in the house even though they are healthy. If you are having trouble with your dog soiling the house, do not give up yet. Most dog owners are responsible enough to take their dogs to the vet immediately after house soiling starts. However, it could turn out to be a behavioral problem after all.
Well, it could be that you have made sudden changes and your dog is acting up. Below, I am going to look at the behavioral causes for a year old dog to pee in the house.
Incomplete dog training
Puppy potty training can be quite a task. Dog owners who have had to do it can tell you that it takes time and patience to fully potty train a dog. Most people, however, do not train their dogs fully. In fact, you can even spend over 6 months training your dog.
The key to completely training a dog how to eliminate appropriately is to remain consistent. Do not quit even when your dog keeps peeing in the house. This is especially when you are handling a new dog who keeps on soiling your house.
Dogs from the shelter may not be potty trained. In case your dog has not been completely potty trained, then it is your task now. You must start potty training immediately you get home.
Stress and anxiety
A stressed dog might also urinate in the house. You could have spent the entire year training your dog and he just pees in the house. As frustrating as this might be, do not yell or scold your dog. You might consider checking to see if anything is making your dog anxious.
Have you made sudden changes recently? It could be making your dog stress out and in return act out. At the same time, if you have a visitor or you have brought home a new dog, it could cause extreme anxiety.
Anything that stresses the dog out could trigger him to pee in the house. You must ensure that your dog is happy and relaxed while at home. Besides, stress can also lead to other behavioral issues and even make your canine friend sick.
Submissive/ Excitement Urination
Dogs are accustomed to living in packs, like their wild cousins, wolves. In the wild, dogs would be a part of a pack, and each pack would have an alpha. Now, in a home setting, all this is not available. Your dog will see you as his leader, which is a good thing.
A dog may urinate as a sign of submission. For instance, if you are scolding him, which you should not, by the way, you might observe your dog rolling on the floor. It is a sign that he is submissive to you, and also his way around a confrontation. Some dogs will also urinate as a way to showcase their loyalty to you.
In most cases, a dog will act submissive when something is posing a threat to him. For instance, if you have a bigger dog at home, your year-old dog might urinate in the house. It could be a result of fear.
Other situations could make your dog submissive such as strangers approaching him. Also, dogs who have been mistreated before may have submissive peeing problems.
Territorial marking is quite common in dogs. Your year-old dog might be peeing in the house because he is feeling a little territorial. It happens when you have guests in the house. Also, if you bring in another dog home, your resident dog could feel like they are overstepping boundaries.
Well, dogs are naturally territorial of their homes and owners as well. If a dog feels threatened in his home, he can urinate in the house as a way to mark his boundaries. It is a common occurrence for people with more than one dog.
Above, I have outlined some of the most common reasons for a year old dog peeing in the house. While it can be very frustrating, you must not be angry with your dog. Do not punish or scold him for doing it. Instead, focus on the motivating factors. Why is your dog peeing in the house, especially if he has been fully potty trained?
Once you find the reason behind this problem, you can go ahead and address it. However, do not forget to check with your vet to rule out any medical problems leading to inappropriate elimination.