Having a dog is amazing, I have always been a dog lover since my childhood, and I cannot express the joy of bringing a new pup home for the very first time. New dog owners are always in a rush to bring their canine buddy to their residence and tend to ignore the cons of having a dog at home.
A dog kept indoors 24/7 will definitely drink water and have the urge to pee afterward. Unless you are a hybrid dog expert, it is almost impossible to know when your dog wants to pee, and most times they’d just release the fluid anywhere.
There are many ways to fix this issue, some might go through different sessions of potty training with their dogs which is quite amazing, but if not done rightly, you’d still have an issue. One of the most effective ways to keep dogs from peeing in the house is by making homemade dog urine repellent.
How does this work? Most dogs won’t pee in an area that is uncomfortable, these dog urine repellent recipes will make a particular area like your “living room” or “bedroom” unconducive for your dog to pee, thereby making him or her use the bathroom or outside.
In this article, I have put together a couple of homemade dog urine repellent recipes and also a bunch of tips that will keep dogs from peeing in the house.
Why your dog keeps peeing in the house?
Why does your dog keep peeing in the house? There are a bunch of reasons why this would happen. Here are a couple of them;
Untrained: A little dog is like a newborn baby that has to learn how to crawl, stand and walk. You should not expect your dog to know that he or she is supposed to pee outside or in the bathroom without teaching them to do so.
Medical Issue: If you have trained your dog in the past and have started noticing strange peeing patterns, it might be due to a medical issue. You should see a vet soonest and make sure nothing is wrong with your canine best friend.
Unconducive Environment: Your dog might not be comfortable because it is snowy outside or your bathroom floor is wet. Bottom line, try to make the environment conducive for your dog, else he or she will have to take a leak in your warm and cozy living room.
Anxiety: Dogs tend to take a leak when they are anxious or scared. So, try not to jump scare your dog whilst in the living room, else you’ll have a problem.
12 Ways To Keep Dog From Peeing In The House
1. Train Your Dog
This is the first and most important rule to follow if you want your dog to stop peeing in the house. If you just got a puppy, you would want to teach him or her new habits. However, you should know that training your dog takes time and patience, because he or she might not understand you at first.
But with consistency, you should be able to train your dog to stop peeing in the house. Here are some tips on how to train your dog to stop peeing in the house.
- Try keeping your puppy in a small space to stop him from peeing there.
- Take your puppy outside regularly.
- Don’t hit or yell.
2. Increase Potty Breaks
No matter how well you train your dog, their bladders have limits, increasing the time allowed for them to take a leak outside can help significantly. Make sure your dog is getting the chance to relieve himself or herself as often as possible.
For puppies, you might need to take them out every hour, this would teach their brain. You can add an additional hour for every month of age. Dogs that are fully grown-up should go outside about 3-5 times a day and maybe more.
If trained properly, your dog would be able to hold pee indoors until the next time you release him or her to go outside.
3. Visits The Vet
Like I said earlier, one of the reasons why your well-trained dog might change all of a sudden and start peeing in the house might be due to an underlying health issue. Your dog might not like the idea of going to the vet but it’s for his or her own good.
Some issues may not be serious while others might be, in any case, you should visit the vet and have your dog checked. If you are in luck, he or she might just be disease free and that’ll leave you with other options to explore.
Below are some medical issues that might lead to dogs urinating in the house;
- Bladder stones
- Infected bladder
- Infected Urinary tract
- Addison’s disease
- Intestinal parasites
- Adrenal gland issue
- Cognitive problems
4. Remove Anxiety Triggers
If you have visited the vet and they found nothing wrong with your dog, and he still pees in your house from time to time, the cause might be due to anxiety. They are various reasons why a dog would become anxious, the triggers might be but aren’t limited to the below-listed triggers.
- A new cat.
- Other animals
- New household items
Even the bravest of dogs can still be tagged “scaredy cats”. The slightest scare can result in your dog peeing in the house. How can you fix this? Introduce your dog to new people and objects to your dog slowly and with care. If noise is the cause of your dog’s anxiety, you might want to turn down the volume of your audio set.
5. Homemade DIY Marking Deterrent Spray
This is a special solution that contains ingredients that dogs do not like. To use this, all you have to do is spray the solution in areas where you do not want your dog to pee and they won’t because the spray contains things they don’t like.
No! This spray will not harm your dog, however, do not spray it on your dog directly, only spray in areas where you do not want them to pee.
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- 20 drops of essential oil with a citrus scent
- Add water to a bowl.
- Put 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and stir.
- Put 20 drops of essential oil with a citrus scent and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Spritz in areas where you do not want your dog to pee.
6. Natural Dog Pee Repellent
This is one of those repellents you can make from home without going to a store. The ingredients used might already be sitting in your kitchen cabinet. For this, you will basically need white vinegar and cotton balls.
Simply soak the cotton balls inside white vinegar and place the balls in areas where you do not want your dog to pee, like the living room or your bedroom. If you might have an issue with the smell of vinegar, you can add a little bit of lemon juice or a drop of any essential oil of your choosing.
7. Mustard Oil
Mustard oil does work like magic. Dogs hate the smell of mustard oil. The best part about this technique is that you do not have to add anything else. Simply get some mustard oil and spritz or sprinkle in areas where you do not want your dog to take a leak and he or she won’t. Your dog would rather find an area without this scent.
However, be careful not to sprinkle too much, if you spritz this in your living room, your dog might never be comfortable in that area until the scent is completely gone.
8. Ammonia Scent
This substance is known to repel dogs away from areas more than any other substance. However, be sure to use it in moderation. Simply get a couple of cotton balls and soak them in ammonia, spread the cotton balls in specific areas to keep dogs from peeing in the house.
9. Chilli Powder
This tip is for outdoor use! If your dog likes to take a leak on your plants, you can stop him or her for good by sprinkling chili powder or hot peppers around the plants or crops. The smell will keep them away without causing harm to your plants or crops.
10. Clean Up Accidents Perfectly
Even if you can’t smell it, your dog’s nose is all-powerful and can’t detect even the faintest scent. Some dogs tend to go back to the area of the misdeed and a way to make sure that doesn’t happen is by using enzymatic cleaners.
11. Cayenne Spray
This can help stop your dog from peeing on your furniture or flower pots at home. This cayenne spray mixture is very easy to make. In a bowl add cayenne pepper and a good amount of water. Mix thoroughly and pour inside a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture on furniture or in-home plants where your dog loves peeing and that should stop him or her for good.
12. Get Professional Help
Not getting it right? Then it might be time to get professional help from a specialist in dog behavior. This might cost you a lot of money but in the end, you would have successfully been able to keep your dog from peeing in the house.
Training your dog should be done from the first months of the dog’s life. There are lots of guides that teach you how to train your dog the right way. Remember your dog is like a newborn baby and you will have to give him or her time to learn or adapt to new behaviors. I hope this guide has been helpful to you. Thanks for stopping by!