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How To Stop A Dog From Urinating Indoors: Know It Here

Do you have a dog that keeps on urinating indoors even if you’ve trained him to do his business outside? If you do then I feel you. I have a dog that still pees inside our house and it frustrates me that’s why I have searched for several ways on how to stop a dog from urinating indoors.

Your dog can also be urinating indoors due to several reasons, like a medical problem, marking, or anxiety. If you check online, there are actually many articles that tackle this problem but what I’m going to share are the effective ones that work on my dog. If you’re ready to begin, let’s get started.

What You’ll Need

  • Leash
  • Crate
  • Treats
  • Pet Urine Enzymatic Cleaner
  • Blow Dryer
  • Dog Appeasement Pheromone (DAP) Device

The urine of dogs can leave an enzyme that seems to mark the spot of your dog’s bathroom. So once your dog feels like peeing, he follows the scent of the enzyme and pee on the exact spot. To remove the urine smell entirely, try using a pet urine enzymatic cleaner, like this one.

If you’re in a pinch and you don’t have a pet urine enzymatic cleaner ready, you can use any of these household items as an alternative.

  • Borax
  • Dish Detergent + Hot Water
  • Vinegar + Water

Vinegar is also a great alternative for an enzymatic cleaner. The strong smell of vinegar can discourage dogs to urinate on the same spot. It also helps neutralize the odor of your dog’s urine. To create a vinegar solution, mix vinegar and water in 1:2 ratio.

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Step-By-Step Instructions On How To Stop A Dog From Urinating Indoors

1

Determine The Root Cause

There are several reasons why your dog urinates indoors. He could be marking, anxious, not toilet trained properly, or worse suffering a medical condition.

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Urine marking is often done to establish a territory and it usually starts when your dog becomes sexually mature. A male dog who is reproductively intact is more likely to mark when he sees a female dog in heat close by.

Female dogs with intact reproductive organs are also more disposed to marking when they’re in heat. If you believe that your dog is urine marking, proceed to step 2.

If you often leave your dog alone, your dog might be urinating indoors due to anxiety: proceed to step 3. For all you know, your dog might be urinating indoors because he’s simply not properly trained. In this case, proceed to step 4.

Also, find out if your dog has a health problem. If you think he does, proceed to step 5.

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Lead The Pack

The most common way to stop your dog from marking is to neuter your male dog or spay your female dog. Another way is to become a pack leader. To be a pack leader, you need to teach your dog what is the right behavior and what isn’t.

Get to know the members of his pack so you can determine and help satisfy their needs. You need to be firm, calm, confident, and consistent so your dog feels secure around you. Establish your position as the leader by attending to his need. Take a walk with him and show to him the designated peeing spot outside.

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Ease Out His Anxiety

Your dog might have some occasional accidents due to anxiety. For this reason, you need to go easy with him if you catch him in the act. Don’t yell or punish him because he might think that peeing in front of you is bad.

If you’re always away from home for a long time, your dog might be experiencing separation anxiety. To reduce his anxiety, you can leave him a treat while you’re gone. You can also ask someone to stay with your dog while you’re away to keep him company.

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If none of these things are working, you might consider using any DAP device: diffuser, spray, or collar.

  • DAP Collar
  • DAP Diffuser
  • DAP Spray

Use a DAP spray 15 minutes before your dog enters the area. Its effect usually lasts for about two hours

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Potty Retrain Your Dog

Take your dog on a leash outside and select a designated spot for peeing. Dogs learn through repetition so set a definite schedule on when you’re going to take him out. You need to take him out first thing in the morning, before he sleeps at night, each time you come, and each time you leave.

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Each time your dog pees outside successfully, reward him with praises and treats. During this potty-retraining session, don’t leave him in the house unattended. You can keep him in the crate or X-pen for the meantime. Once your dog is fully potty trained, you can remove the crate and let him roam around the house freely.

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Check The Vet

If your old dog has made some occasional accidents lately, then you can make an assumption that your dog might be suffering a health problem. Such health problems may include urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney disease, and diabetes. A health problem is usually the reason of your dog incontinence if he urinates very fast or more frequently than usual.

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Remove The Urine Scent

Dogs are drawn to the scent of their urine that’s why they urinate in the same spot. To remove the scent of their urine, clean the area with any pet urine enzymatic cleaner. Soak the object or spot with the enzymatic cleaner and let it dry with a blow-dryer. If you use Borax, rub it on the hard surface and let sit until dry. For your marked carpets, dab the stain with the mixture of dish detergent and hot water. Drop a mixture of vinegar solution into the spot and dry it with a blow dryer.

If you want some more ideas on how to clean dog urine, watch this

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Catch Him Before And During The Act

To prevent your dog from urinating indoors, try to catch him before and during the act. You can tell that your dog is about to urinate if he circles around, sniffs the ground, or raises a leg.

As soon as you see these signs, you can take your dog outside on a leash and show to him the designated peeing area

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If you catch your dog in the act, get their attention immediately with a loud noise. You can clap your hands, but not yell. Once he stops, take him outside and let him finish his business on the designated peeing spot.

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Pro Tips

  • Don’t use cleaners with ammonia in cleaning the marked spot because it will just attract the dog more to the area since a dog’s urine also contains ammonia.
  • To prevent access to marked objects, you can try putting a double sided tape.
  • Try placing some treats on his frequent marked objects and spots. This will change his regard to the objects as sources of food.
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Final Thought

Did you enjoy learning how to stop a dog from urinating indoors? I surely did and I’m thankful that it has helped me solve my dog problem. I know that it can be frustrating at times but you should trust in your dog’s learning ability. With patience, you can stop your dog from urinating inside your house.

If you have a dog that urinates indoors, tell us how you put a stop to it in the comments section. You can also share this article with your friends if you find this helpful and informative.

How To Make An Elevated Dog Bed: It’s Simple Than You Think

Are you a DIY kind of person and wants to make a bed for your dog? If you are, then you come to the right place. In this article, I’ll teach you how to make an elevated dog bed using some PVC pipes, cloth, and other easy to find materials.

There are actually many DIY projects about elevated dog beds available online, but what I’m going to share would be the simplest of them all. This is because you don’t need to sew anything. To get you started, check the complete materials you’ll need and the steps below.

Why It’s A Good Idea To Make An Elevated Dog Bed

Dogs are just like family so we want to make sure that we give only the best. Since your dog is lifted off the floor, air can circulate under the bed giving more ventilation as he sleeps.

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An elevated bed also offers a firm, even support. This is especially essential for dogs suffering from joint problems, like hip dysplasia and arthritis. As compared to a bean-bag chair, an elevated bed puts no pressure on your dog’s shoulders, elbows, and hips.

Portability is another great benefit of elevated dog beds. As compared to fluffy beds which can be heavy and bulky, most elevated beds are lightweight because they’re made of PVC pipes and a light cloth.

What You’ll Need

  • PVC Pipe
  • Corner Pieces
  • Round Washer Head Screws
  • Cloth
  • Hammer
  • Power Drill
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Channel Locks
  • An Extra Hand

The tighter the cover, the better it’s going to hold. To make the cloth cover real tight, you’ll need to turn the pipe after the first screw. You can’t do the turning by mere force so having a channel lock is really helpful.

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Step-By-Step Instructions

Now that you have gathered all the materials and equipment mentioned above, it’s time to build the elevated dog bed. Here are the steps.

1

Decide The Size Of Bed You Want

In building an elevated dog bed, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to decide what size you want: small, medium, or large. The size of the bed may depend on the weight of your dog. If your dog weighs less than 45 pounds, then a small size bed (22” x 29”) is ideal.

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For a dog that weighs 46-80 pounds, a medium size bed ( 27.5” x 31.5”) would be nice. A huge dog that weighs more than 80 pounds may need a large size of bed ( 29” x 38”). Here are the dimensions of PVC and cloth for each size:

Size Of Bed

Cloth Dimensions

PVC Pipes

Small

36” x 29”

2 pieces of 18.5-inch pipes

2 pieces of 25.5-inch pipes

4 pieces of 4-inch pipes

Medium

34.5” x 38.5”

2 pieces of 24-inch pipes

2 pieces of 28-inch pipes

4 pieces of 4-inch pipes

Large

36” x 45”

2 pieces of 25.5-inch pipes

2 pieces of 34.5-inch pipes

4 pieces of 4-inch pipes

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Measure And Mark The Dimensions

Now that you have determined which size of bed you want for your dog, get your PVC pipe and cloth. If you’re making a small or medium bed, you’ll only need one 10-feet stick. You’ll need to buy another 20” stick to make a whole large bed.

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Using the tape measure, measure the dimensions required as shown in step 1. Mark the measurement with a fine tip sharpie for the PVC and a tailor’s chalk for the fabric.

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Cut The Right Measurements Of Cloth And PVC

Cut each piece of PVC using a hand saw. To do this, simply hold the pipe over the edge of the work table and run the saw on the spot where you place the mark. Run the saw in a back and forth motion until you have cut through the pipe all the way.

For the cloth, use a pair of scissors on the mark where you want to cut. Make sure that you run the scissors in a straight line.

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Assemble The Bed Frame

At this point, you should have 8 pieces of PVC pipes: four pieces for the square frame and another four shorter pieces for the legs. Remember your assistant, you can let him help you with the assembly to make the project quick and easy.

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Like a puzzle, attach the pipes to the corner pieces. Make sure that all open corner holes are facing up. Once you’ve made a rectangular frame, use a hammer to give a quick tap to each side. Don’t be afraid to hit the PVC with the hammer because this will make the bed frame even tighter.

Now attach the legs to each open corner hole. It’s important that it’s not torque because it will make the base of the bed unstable. To square it up, drop the frame on the hard ground. If you notice that the legs are not attached well, use a hammer to tap the top of the frame so they can be as tight as they can be.

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Fold The Cloth Into The Frame

Lay the cloth on the table and center the frame with the legs up. Fold the corners of the cloth under. You want your cloth right inside the tip of the corner. Your assistant should be on the opposite end making sure that the other side is equidistant.

Next, take one side of the cloth and fold it in small folds. Wrap it until it hits the center of the PVC on the bottom side of the frame.

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Fold The Cloth Into The Frame

Now use your drill to place one screw to the cloth and PVC. It’s actually easier to start in the middle and work your way out.

The drilling needs special attention. You don’t want to over screw because it will strip the PVC and make a loose screw attachment. What you need is to screw through the folds of the cloth and stop when the screw is flush with the cloth.

Once done, work on the opposite side. Again fold the cloth around the pipe and drill the screw in the middle. Your assistant should be wrenching the cloth real tight.

Use the channel locks to turn the pipe by a quarter and tighten the frame. You want the screws to be under the bed frame. Now put the rest of the screws. The more screws, the better it’s going to hold.

Follow the same process for the last two sides. The cloth cover should be taut and snap like a drum. To prevent the legs from giving, drill two screws on the bottom of two opposite corners. Also, place five screws into the corner of the PVC corner piece to prevent your dog from chewing the fabric.

Watch how to make an elevated dog bed in this video.

Pro Tips

    • When cutting the PVC pipes with a hand saw you may be left with burrs on the pipe’s end. If this happens, run a butter knife along the end of the pipe to smooth the rough edges.

    • Use only the channel locks on the pipe not on the cloth because it will tear it.

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    • If the frame is shaky on the ground, place the frame on its side and twist the legs slightly.

    • To clean the dog bed, simply hose it off.

Final Thought

Are you inspired to make a bed for your canine friend after learning the steps on how to make an elevated dog bed? Thanks to this DIY project, I have learned new skills and talent. While I enjoyed making this project, I was able to save money in buying a new bed for my dog.

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If you’ve tried making an elevated dog bed for your dog, share to us your thoughts in the comments section. You can share this article with your friends and family if you find this article helpful.

How To Stop Dogs From Eating Poop Home Remedy: 5 Easy Ways

Does your dog have a nasty habit of eating his or other animals’ feces? This condition is known as coprophagia, which is somewhat a normal behavior in ma different animal species. If you like to discourage this kind of behavior, then you come to the right place as I’ll teach you how to stop dogs from eating poop home remedy.


A lot of people have actually asked me about this problem so I tried to find some effective home remedies. If you’re excited what these home remedies are, keep on reading and let’s get started

What You’ll Need

Prozyme


If you think that your dog is eating poop because he’s suffering from a digestive enzyme deficiency, then a Prozyme supplement may be what you need. Prozyme is an all-natural product that you can add to your dog’s regular meals. Although this product may not fight the problem of poop eating, it can be a great food supplement for your pet.

This digestive enzyme supplement will help digest the food so your dog can get more nutrients. Remember that a dog with poor digestion can’t take in food well, hence look for other sources

Cayenne Pepper


To avert your dog from eating poop, sprinkle it with some cayenne pepper. Most dogs are discouraged from eating a spicy poop after eating it once or twice. You should be aware though that some dogs may eventually develop an odd taste bud for spicy treats.

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  • Hot Sauce

If you can’t find any cayenne pepper anywhere, you can use hot sauce instead. You may add a few drops of the poop to make it taste bad. What I use is a bottle of Tabasco or Habanero. Although they might be uncomfortable to eat, they don’t cause any real damage

  • Lemon Juice

You can also coat the poop with lemon juice. The acid flavor of lemon will repel your dog from eating the poop. Use a teaspoon or more, depending on the poop’s size

Apple Cider Vinegar


Your dog may be eating poop because he’s deficient in hydrochloric acid. To make up for the deficiency, introduce apple cider vinegar to your dog’s food. You may need about one teaspoon of vinegar to every 25 pounds of your dog’s body weight.

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  • Meat Tenderizer

If you don’t have an apple cider vinegar at the moment, you can use a meat tenderizer as a digestive aid. What I use is the Adolph’s Tenderizer which has no artificial flavors and colors. It contains the papain enzyme that helps your dog digest his meal fully. As a result, your dog may satisfy his lack of enzymes in his diet and not on his poop

Kelp


You might need some kelp to supplement your dog for the lack of trace minerals. Many experts agree that dogs are more susceptible to pick the poop-eating habit if they live a poor quality diet.

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Kelp is a seaweed abundant in natural minerals and salt. It can support many of your dog’s body functions, such as cleaning the digestive system, strengthening the immune system, and fortifying iron on the blood.


Now, too much iodine can be bad for your dog’s health so you should properly administer it according to your dog’s size. Use one teaspoon for large dogs, 1/2 teaspoon for medium-sized breed, and 1/4 teaspoon for small breeds.

  • Bentonite

In the absence of kelp, you can use bentonite instead to offer minerals.Bentonite is a clay powder that’s safe enough to eat by your dog. It has a healing quality that can draw out toxins out from your dog’s body.


For maximum benefits, use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite on your dog’s food or water. If you decide to use this natural clay, prepare fresh water always. Because of its high absorbing qualities, you may want to think twice of giving it if your dog is pregnant, nursing, or constipated.

Pineapple


If you like to discourage your dog from eating his own or other animals’ poop, you can feed him pineapple snacks. The acidity of the pineapple can ruin the flavor and your pet may stop eating it most of the time.


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You’ll need a spoon of canned pineapple to mix with your dog’s food. If you don’t have a canned pineapple, you can pineapple juice.

  • Pumpkin

If you like more variety, you can try canned, unspiced pumpkin which is a great supplement with many uses. Adding this to your dog’s diet may promote better satiety. More importantly, it can help with diarrhea, constipation, and even urinary tract problems.


You’ll need 2-4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin to your dog’s bowl daily. When eaten, it tastes good but it becomes repulsive when excreted

  • Anise Seeds

Anise seeds may also do the trick of making the taste of the poop nasty when he excretes it. Add about a tablespoon of anise seeds in your dog’s bowl every day.


This herb is also known as the star anise because its flowers are shaped like a star. Aside from changing the poop taste, it can remedy several illnesses, such as intestinal gas, constipation, and upset stomach.

Leash


A leash will be handy when you’ll be training your dog to walk away from his poop. If you have a leash available, the better. If you don’t, find a leash that makes you and your dog comfortable when walking.

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For well-trained dogs, a retractable leash is a nice choice as it allows them to explore when on walks. Just make sure that you know the lock and break controls to keep from getting tangles. If your dog is aggressive and a strong puller, try using a front clip harness.

Treats


Prepare some treats to give your dog each time he successfully walks away from his poop. Make sure that the treats are delicious so they become appealing for your pet. Sometimes, treats can give many calories so it’s a better option if you use something healthy.

Try vegetables and fruits, baby carrots, broccoli, and banana slices. They’re low in calories and low in sugar. Although you can explore on a variety of treats, avoid these ingredients- bones, meat by-products, and fillers.

Tissue


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The best way to prevent your dog from eating his or other animal’s poop is to pick it up right away. You’ll need several rolls of tissue to do the deed. If you run out of tissues at the moment, you can use several alternatives, such as a plastic bag, pooper scooper, or old newspaper.

Instructions On How To Stop Dogs From Eating Poop Home Remedy

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Keep A Fixed Eating Schedule

If you like to keep your dog’s poop schedule predictable and regular, maintain a fixed eating schedule. A definite schedule makes it simpler to supervise your dog and prevent him from consuming his own poop or from other animals.

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When it’s time for your dog to poop, walk him out on a leash and let him do his business outside. If he makes an attempt to eat his poop, lead him away.

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Pick Up Your Dog’s Poop

Right after your dog has taken a dump, pick it up so he can’t eat it. Use a tissue in picking the poop of your dog and dump it in the designated trash bin. If you use a plastic bag, hold it and invert it when picking up the mess. Use your free hand to turn the bag right side out and dump it properly.

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When using a pooper scooper, simply scoop up the poop and dump it into a bag. Throw the bag full of your dog’s poop in a trash can. To prevent your main trashcan from getting stinky, use a separate trashcan outside.

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Introduce Apple Cider Vinegar Or Meat Tenderizer

Your dog may be eating poop because he’s deficient with hydrochloric acid. If you think that this the cause of his poop-eating habit, introduce apple cider vinegar. Add one teaspoon of vinegar for every 25 pounds of your dog’s body weight.

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If you want to use a meat tenderizer, apply generously to your dog’s food. Apparently, this powder contains an enzyme known as papain that helps digest his meal. This supports the idea that your dog may lack enzymes, not nutrients themselves.

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Provide Your Dog With A Digestive Enzyme Supplement

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If your dog is enjoying himself, his coprophagia might be an indication of a digestive enzyme deficiency. To address this issue, provide your dog a digestive enzyme supplement, such as Prozyme. This supplement helps break down the food so your dog can absorb more nutrients.

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Give Your Dog Kelp Or Bentonite

Another reason why your dog might be eating poop is he lacks trace minerals on his diet. To solve this deficiency, add kelp or bentonite on his diet.

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Since kelp is rich in iodine, you should use it moderately. Too much kelp and you risk your dog from getting iodine toxicity which is manifested by lethargy, upset stomach, and watery eyes. The recommended dosage are the following:

    • Large dog - 1 teaspoon

    • Medium-sized dog = 1/2 teaspoon

    • Small dogs = 1/4 teaspoon

If you must use bentonite, add about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon on your dog’s water or food. Because of its high absorbing qualities, provide fresh water always.

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Feed Your Dog Pineapple, Pumpkin, Or Anise

Now if you rule out the possibility that your dog may be lacking in hydrochloric acid, digestive enzyme, and trace minerals, break his poop-eating habit by letting him eat pineapple snacks. Seemingly, the acidity of the pineapple will mess the taste of your dog’s poop, hence discourage him from it most of the time.

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If you want to use pumpkin, try the canned, unspiced pumpkin. It apparently tastes great but repulsive when it becomes an excrement. Add a few spoonfuls of pumpkin on your dog’s food daily.

Anise seeds can also do the trick of making the poop less attractive. Just sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of anise seeds on the dog food. It may not be fully effective, but it can greatly decrease your dog’s poop-eating habit.

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Coat Your Dog’s Poop To Taste Bad

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Following your dog’s discharge, coat the feces with cayenne pepper, hot sauce, or lemon juice. Use generously so your dog will completely repulse from eating feces again after eating once or twice. You should, however, be aware that your dog may develop a strange palate for spicy treats.

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Keep Your Dog Well-Exercised

Sometimes, the cause of your dog’s poop-eating habit is behavioral. To keep your dog’s mind engaged and sharp, walk him on a leash regularly, preferably daily. If you offer a lot of activities for your dog, he’ll be less likely to find unsuitable entertainment.

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Train Your Dog The “Leave It” Command

Using treats as positive reinforcement, teach your dog the leave-it command. With a treat in your closed hand, let him sniff it and say leave it. Once he stops sniffing your hand, give him treats.

As your dog masters this command, try putting the treat on the floor. Say “leave it” and once he obeys, give treats from your hand, not from the floor. Now, you can use the leave it command to animal feces during walks.

To learn more about the leave-it command training, watch this video.

Pro Tips

    • When disposing of your dog poop, you can flush it down your toilet. You can also buy those flushable doggie bags so you can flush down the whole bag. Before you do this, check with your local waste department.

    • To prevent nutrient or enzyme deficiency, provide only nutritious, quality dog food that’s specially made for your dog’s age and breed.

    • Your dog may be eating feces because he’s suffering a medical or health problem. Check your vet for an examination and solution.

Final Thought

Did you enjoy reading the instructions on how to stop dogs from eating poop home remedy? I wish you did because all of these steps are effective as I have tried them all myself. To stop your dog’s poop-eating habit, offer supplements to treat enzyme and mineral deficiencies; coat the feces with something unpleasant; and train him the leave it command.

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Have you tried stopping your dog from his poop-eating habit, let us know how you do it in the comments section. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends if you like it.

How To Stop A Dog From Peeing In The House: Tricks And Tips You Need To Know

Do you always have to clean your floors from your dog’s urine? I know how frustrating it can be, especially if it’s early morning or you just arrived home late from work. Now, you don’t have to punish or yell at your dog because there are actually some easy ways on how to stop a dog from peeing in the house.

In this article, I will not only provide solutions but I’ll determine the possible causes. Once you know the reason why your dog is behaving this way, you can apply the right solution. If you’re ready, let’s get started.



What Could Be The Reasons Why Your Dog Pees Indoors

Not Really House-Trained


One of the main reasons why your dog pees in the house could be the fact that he’s not fully house trained. As such, if you find that your dog has made a mess on your floor, ignore it and establish some toilet-training protocol. For example, you can use a crate to retrain your dog to do his business.

Anxiety/Overexcitement/Fear


Sometimes, your dog’s occasional accidents may be caused by any behavioral problems. He can feel anxious when separated from you for a very long time. When he gets overexcited, he can happily urinate on the floor with all the jiggling, jumping, and wiggling.

Your dog can also urinate accidentally when he’s afraid. This submissive behavior can happen when someone scolds or reaches for the dog.

Marking


If you own some cats and more than one dog, his sudden mishap may be caused by territorial issues. He pees in very specific areas of your house to mark his territory. This kind of marking may also happen when your dog reaches sexual maturity. The urine mark will attract mates.

Health Problems


If you’re sure that your dog is truly toilet-trained, he would not begin peeing indoors unless there is a medical problem. Such medical problems include urinary tract infections, liver disease, and kidney disease. If this is the case for your dog, he’ll pee wherever he happens to be standing.


What You’ll Need

Enzymatic Cleaner

To remove any traces of urine odor from your carpet, floor, and furniture, you can spray it with some enzymatic cleaner, like this one. This type of solution often uses enzymes and other ingredients to neutralize odors and remove stains. This will hopefully stop the constant marking of your dogs.

Borax

When buying any enzymatic cleaner, look at the ingredients and avoid the ammonia ingredient. This will only attract your pet to pee on that area more because urine contains ammonia. Here are some alternatives you can use.

If your dog urinates on a hardwood or hard surfaces, then Borax is a great solution. Not only does this cleaner help your detergent, but it can also neutralize odors that happen in your home. Known as sodium borate, borax is an all-natural mineral that’s a safer alternative to commercial sprays as it contains no other chemicals and fragrances.

Dish Detergent + Hot Water

For those who have carpets stained with your dog’s urine, you can use one teaspoon of dish detergent with one cup of hot water. As compared to other detergents, a dish detergent is more gentle to your carpet and to your pet.

Vinegar + Water

You can also use mix vinegar and water in 1:2 ratio. Vinegar has high levels of acetic acid to kill bacteria and also eliminate urine smells. The strong acidic smell of vinegar will discourage your dog to urinate further in that similar space.

Rubbing Alcohol + Water

Rubbing alcohol has a strong scent that is highly unpleasant to dogs. Mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water. Aside from the removing the urine smell, rubbing alcohol may also disinfect the area.

Spray Bottle

You’ll need a spray bottle to serve as a container for your cleaner solution. Be sure that the bottle has a spray nozzle so you can easily apply the solution on the affected spot. If possible, look for an empty spray bottle in your home so you don’t have to spend an additional expense.

Blow Dryer (Optional)

If you like to speed up the drying of the cleaner solution, you can use a blow dryer. This is optional because you can always leave the soaked area to dry by itself. Alternatively, you can use a fan to dry the soaked area.

Newspaper

You may lure your dog to urinate in a newspaper initially. Once the newspaper is soaked with your dog’s urine, you can place it outdoors to show him the same spot outside. Hopefully, you may want to use the newspaper for a short time only.

Treats

You’ll need treats to make your dog feel more secure when you’re away. Each time your dog will be able to do his business outside, you can use treats as a reward. If you’re keeping your dog in a crate, place some treats to make him entertained and preoccupied. Your treats can be a food or a toy.

Crate

If you’re retraining your dog to pee outside, you don’t want him to roam inside your house without you watching. To make sure that he’s not making a mess for the meantime, you can keep him in a crate. This will be temporary until he learns how to pee outside on his own.

The size of the crate should be enough for your dog to move around, but not that large that he can use the excess space as a toilet. If you’re using the crate for a short time, you can ask your local animal shelter if they have something for rent.

Lemon Juice + Water

The citric acid from the lemon may be effective in cleaning and removing the smell of urine from your carpet. Simply mix a freshly squeezed lemon with water. While keeping your dog to urinate on the same spot, lemons are more pleasant for humans.


Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Try To Determine The Reason Why Your Dog Pees Inside

As I have mentioned above, your dog may be peeing in the house due to several reasons: not properly house-trained, marking, overexcitement, anxiety, fear, and medical problems. To rule each reason out, observe and address the problem properly.

2

Potty Train Your Dog Again

As I have mentioned above, your dog may be peeing in the house due to several reasons: not properly house-trained, marking, overexcitement, anxiety, fear, and medical problems. To rule each reason out, observe and address the problem properly.

If your dog still pees in the house, one potential reason can be that your dog isn’t potty trained properly. In this case, you have to teach him how to pee outside again. Introduce him to new marking areas, like trees or rocks.

You can do the potty training first thing in the morning, before his bedtime, and each time you leave or arrive home from work. To make sure that he do his business outside, you can soak a newspaper with his urine and place in the designated area outside. The scent of the newspaper will bring him outside for sure.

Each time that he’s successful in peeing outside, praise and reward him with a treat. That way, you can encourage him to do this positive act always.

3

Crate Your Dog For The Meantime

During your potty training, keep your dog inside a crate if you’ll leave the house. It’s just like leaving a human baby inside his crib. You don’t want your baby to wander without your supervision.

If your don’t know how to crate train your puppy, watch this video:

At this point, you may face a lot of whining from your dog. Don’t give in to it. Place some treats and toys inside the crate so your dog is entertained. Once your dog learns the basic routine of peeing outside, you can leave without locking him up in the crate.

4

Lead The Pack To Stop Marking

Dogs often mark certain areas of your house to protect his possessions and territory. If you see that your dog is about to mark new objects and vertical surfaces, you can intervene to stop it.

You can get their attention by clapping your hands. As he stops temporarily, you can take him outside to finish his business. Don’t forget to praise and reward once he finishes the deed.

Once your dog marked on something, don’t punish him, instead teach him the proper behavior firmly and confidently. You can also neuter or spay your dog before he reaches the maturity age or by about 6 months old. Oftentimes, dogs mark objects or spaces to attract mates.

5

Find Out If Your Dog Has A Health Problem

Once your dog accidentally urinates even if he’s properly potty trained, the reason can be more serious. Your dog could be suffering from a health problem, such as urinary infections, kidney disease, or liver disease. Sometimes old age can be a reason why your dog is losing muscle tone so his urine may leak accidentally.

If your dog’s urine is cloudy, he might have a kidney infection. If he needs to pee frequently and urgently, then he might have a urinary tract infection. Several signs of diabetes include weight loss, excessive thirst, and increased urination.

If you suspect that your dog is having a health problem, you can visit your veterinarian for professional help. Your vet will conduct an extensive physical exam, blood profile, and urinalysis. If your dog can’t find any medical problem, then probably, your dog’s occasional accident is caused by a behavioral problem.

6

Address Behavioral Issues

If your dog pees when he gets overexcited, you can solve it by greeting him outside and waiting for him to calm down before you get close to him. Some signs of overexcitement include wiggling and jumping.

Once your dog is calm, command him to sit and look the other side, then greet him by squatting down. You can also pet him on the chest and under the chin to keep him calm. Instead of bodily contact, play with toys.

Your puppy can also urinate accidentally if he feels anxiety. This can happen if you leave him alone in the house. To keep him entertained, give him toys or treats. You can also leave your radio or television on. The voices from the television and radio can make your dog feel secure.

7

Neutralize The Odor Of Your Dog’s Urine

Removing the odor of your dog’s urine is one thing that you can do how to stop him from peeing inside the house. Neutralizing the odor will hopefully stop your dog from marking the exact spot.

Now, spray the solution and let it soak to the affected area. If you like to speed up the drying process, use a fan or a blow dryer. While you’re doing this, make sure that your dog won’t go near the area.

You can use a commercial enzymatic cleaner or any of the homemade alternatives mentioned above, like diluted lemon juice, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar. Place the homemade solution in a spray bottle to keep it handy.


Pro Tips

If you caught your dog marking a specific area or object in the house, don’t interrupt, instead firmly say, “no”.

If your dog is in heat, keep him/her away from the opposite sex. An exciting situation can increase marking.

Keep the marked objects away from your dog. You can place the marked object outside so he can do his business outside by following the scent of his urine marking.


Final Thought

Did you have fun learning how to stop a dog from peeing in the house? This may not work overnight, so expect some whining and occasional accidents from time to time. What you need is patience because it takes time for your dog to get used to the new routine.

In my experience, it took three weeks for my dog to follow the routine of going outside to pee. Of course, there was some whining from his part but with treats, you can encourage him to follow your orders.

If you have dogs that pee inside your house, let us know how you solve it in the comments section. Please share this article if you find it helpful and informative!