How Do You Stop a Dog from Peeing and Pooping in the House?

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Some people love cats. Some people hate them. But everyone agrees dogs are better than cats. No one disagrees about why that is. It’s because dogs are more fun. Dogs make us laugh. They’re so cute! Cats never do that. But there’s another reason dogs are superior to cats. While both animals enjoy sleeping together, dogs also enjoy relieving themselves where ever they want, while cats must go outside.


This means that, unlike their feline counterparts, dogs urinate and defecate around the entire home including carpeting, rugs, furniture, pillows, etc. as well as any area where they roam freely. This includes the kitchen, the bedroom, and anywhere else they choose to spend time. Yes, cats do pee and poop in the litter box. But only in the designated place.


If you take your cat outside each day, it will eventually learn that its familiar surroundings mean it doesn’t need to use its litter box after all those hours confined indoors. However, if you own a dog, you’ll always have to deal with the fact that your animal needs to relieve itself wherever it happens to be at the moment.


And just how much does a dog pee or poop? In most cases, quite a bit. A medium sized adult male usually goes through four to five liters (about 11 gallons) of water per day. A female will drink two to three times that amount. Large males may produce over 10 pounds (.45 kg) of feces during a single 24 hour period.


How Can You Solve This Problem?


Unfortunately, there aren’t really any foolproof solutions. Like I said, the best way to avoid having a dog pee or poop in the house is to get professional help. There are several different approaches you can employ, and some will work better than others depending upon your individual circumstances. Here’s a brief overview of the main ones.



One common solution is to confine your dog to a small space such as a crate. Then, when you see it start to engage in a “pee” session, remove it immediately from the space. As soon as it’s free, let it run around in a designated area until it finishes the job. This method is often called “crate training.” It’s simple enough, effective enough, and safe enough.


But it does come with certain limitations. For example, it’s important to keep your dog’s cage clean. Otherwise, you might end up with ammonia burns on your hands and linoleum floor tiles covered in urine. Also, your dog will likely become bored quickly once confined to its little cage. Finally, it’s hard to tell exactly how much pee or poop your dog is producing. So you could end up letting your animal run wild for too long.



Another popular solution is to ignore your dog whenever it starts to engage in a pee session. Just turn away and ignore it completely until it’s finished. When you do notice it starting to pee, distract it immediately by calling it to you or shaking a toy.


Once it stops trying to release whatever it was holding, give it a treat and send it off to play elsewhere. Repeat this process as many times as necessary. This approach works to a point, but it only solves the issue on an immediate basis. Your pet will still continue to pee in places where it isn’t supposed to. It’s annoying, but it’s something you’ll have to live with.


Crate Training


If you think your dog needs more serious help, consider using a crate. Crates can be used effectively to train dogs. It’s been shown that dogs placed in crates will tend to eliminate less of their bedding material. This suggests that confinement helps reduce the urge to pee or poop.


However, like other methods, crating your pet can cause problems as well. First, it can actually encourage bad behavior since your dog will associate being put in a small, closed space with being punished. Second, it can result in separation anxiety.


Dogs who are accustomed to spending extended periods of time alone suddenly find themselves cooped up in a tiny space. Third, crates are generally uncomfortable for pets. Even though most modern models feature mesh grilles that allow air flow, they can still be pretty hot and stuffy.


Outside Training


Finally, you can train your dog to relieve itself outdoors. To do this, you’ll need to establish a daily schedule whereby your pet spends a set amount of time in a designated area. During that time, you should supervise your dog closely to ensure it doesn’t leave the spot. After it returns, reward it by giving it a treat. Repeat this procedure every day until it becomes part of your routine.


Like the previous methods, this approach is far from perfect. Since you’re basically teaching your pet to perform a new task, there’s always a possibility it’ll forget or refuse to comply. Plus, you’ll need to make sure your dog doesn’t escape the confines of its outdoor enclosure. Failing to do so could lead to accidents. Still, it’s worth considering.


Solutions for Poo-poo


As mentioned earlier, the best way to prevent your animal from peeing or pooping in the house is to consult a vet. However, there are some potential remedies you can try at home. These include: Flushing the toilet frequently. Make sure you flush the toilet often. That way, your pet won’t have a chance to sit down and restock its bladder.

Using bathroom timers. Set these devices to automatically activate bathroom breaks after 15 minutes or 30 minutes.

Placing treats near the potty area. This encourages your animal to relieve itself in order to obtain the food. Keeping your pet busy. Limit its access to certain areas of the house so it will have to seek relief elsewhere.


Wrap Up

The bottom line is that there are no foolproof solutions. You can try all sorts of tricks, but they’re not going to work unless your pet has an underlying medical problem. And, even then, there’s no guarantee your animal won’t slip up again. The best thing to do is hire someone who knows what they’re doing. They’ll know which approach is right for your specific situation, and they’ll probably find a solution that works without making you feel like a failure.