How to Break a Dog of Peeing in the House

Updated July 18, 2017

When a dog pees in the house it causes problems for the owner because of the urine smell and stains. Dogs need to be trained to live in the home without soiling it. If the dog has never been potty trained, doing so will stop it from peeing in the house. If the dog has been housebroken and starts peeing in the house again, it could signal a territorial or a medical problem. If it is a medical problem, a veterinarian can help. If it is a territory challenge, the behaviour can be corrected with intense supervision and training.

Take the dog to the veterinarian to check for a medical problem if the pet was previously housebroken and has started peeing in the house. Have the vet rule out a bladder infection or bladder stones, a urinary tract infection, or kidney stones.

Neuter the dog if it has not been neutered and you are not planning to breed it. Male dogs that are not neutered are more likely to pee in the house as a mark of territory.

Commit to closely supervising the pet. Use a shaker bottle to train your pet during the time you are home with him. Take a plastic soda bottle that's been rinsed out and put a hand full of pebbles in it and put the cap back on. This is your shaker bottle. Use the baby gate to confine the dog to one area of the house where you can always see him, or use the retractable lead to always have him with you. When you see the dog ready to pee, stop it by shaking the rattle and stating in a loud voice, "No pee," or "Stop." Take the dog outside and praise it and give a treat for urinating outside.

Use a crate, because a pet will not urinate in its sleeping space. Use a crate for a maximum of six to eight hours for an adult dog. When you return home, or in the morning, take the dog outside to urinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby gate or retractable lead
  • A shaker bottle
  • Crate
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Nellene Teubner Plouffe is a writer who started her journalism career as a reporter and columnist for the "Orange County Register" newspaper in 1992. In 1995, Teubner Plouffe received a first-place award in column writing from the California Newspaper Publishers’ Association. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.