Why Is My Dog Suddenly Having Accidents in the House?

Why Is My Dog Suddenly Having Accidents in the House?

Why Is My Dog Suddenly Having Accidents in the House?

It can be incredibly frustrating and confusing when your once perfectly housetrained dog suddenly starts having accidents in your home. It’s important that you don’t react with anger, and definitely important that you don’t punish him for the accidents.

The best step to take is to determine what might be behind this sudden regression in housetraining behavior. If you can work out what the core issues are, you’ll be able to potentially find a solution to the accidents.

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It’s just old age

Let’s face it, our pups get old. As they get older they may have a harder time with bladder control. If your dog is inching up there in years it might simply be related to his age.

Medical concerns

Your dog may have an underlying infection or illness that is responsible for his incontinence. Whether it’s related to a bladder or kidney infection, or something else entirely, your best course of action is to take him to the vet to get a thorough checkup.

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Is he an unaltered male?

Male dogs are very prone to marking their territory by urinating. If your adult male dog is unaltered he may simply be engaging in this territorial instinctive behavior. There may be a new dog in the house, or other dogs in the area that are kicking off his drive to urine mark.

If you can figure out why he may be doing this, you can take steps to address it.

Stress, anxiety, major changes

Dogs can be pretty sensitive when it comes to any sort of change in their routine, or within their pack. If you’ve started a new job with longer hours, or perhaps you’ve added to your family, it could be kicking off a bit of change-related stress. This can definitely lead to a regression in housetraining.

The key is to figure out what may have changed, and help your dog to adapt to it. All too many dogs are surrendered because they’ve not been helped through new changes, and they are reacting negatively to it. If you’re spending less time at home consider a dog sitter or dog walker. If you’ve had a baby consider spending a bit of one-on-one time with your dog so he feels less insecure about the new addition.

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High levels of excitement

Some dogs simply get too excited, and have accidents. This is also potentially an issue if your dog feels scared. Storms, new people, loud noises. If he’s prone to excitability or nerves, then it could just be that his housetraining regression is related to this.

Is he going outside enough?

It could be that your schedule has changed, and your dog is simply not being given ample opportunity to tend to his needs outside of the house. Make sure that he has access to the yard when he needs it, otherwise you simply can’t blame him for those occasional puddles or piles.

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Is he properly housetrained?

If your dog is an older rescue dog it might be that he was never properly housetrained in his prior life. Any stressors or confusion might lead him to revert back to eliminating in the house if he never received adequate housetraining.

Is he on medications?

Regardless of your dog’s age, if he’s on certain medications he may be experiencing incontinence that is related to the meds. If your once housetraining dog is now urinating in the house, talk to your vet about any medications that he is on so that you can get to the root cause of the issue.

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Rebooting the housetraining

Once you have worked out what is causing your dog’s newfound incontinence, you can start to remedy it. Most often it’s as simple as retraining him. Start with basic housetraining again, and he’ll soon be back to the beautifully housetrained pup you thoroughly appreciate. It’s important to note that age-related issues, and some health concerns may not be easy fixes. Consulting with your veterinarian is the best first step in these cases.

Stay calm, focus on positive reinforcement

Your dog will take his emotional cues from you. If he is picking up on your frustration then he’s going to likely get confused, upset, and possibly anxious. This will definitely not help to resolve housetraining issues. Rather take a cue from the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, and focus on calm soothing energy when you’re working with your dog.

Positive reinforcement, plenty of praise and affection, all of this will help to ensure that your dog understands what you are asking from him.

Wrapping up

It can certainly prove to be frustrating if your dog starts to regress and goes back to eliminating inside of your home. If you react with anger, or you punish him, it’s only going to make the situation worse.

Take the time to work out the root cause of his incontinence. This, along with plenty of patience, will help you to work out the best solution for you and for your dog.