As an owner of a young pup, it can be quite frustrating to toilet train the new family member. However, no doubt you've employed some of the best techniques to facilitate this process, including crate training, gradual transitions, along with near constant supervision. It's crucial to understand there can be a combination of behavioral and medical issues that can lead your new pup to pee in the house. I will also discuss some suggestions that may prove to be helpful and provide advice to deal with this situation.
Why Do Puppies Urinate at Home?
1. Urinary Tract Infections and Other Underlying Causes
In the event your new puppy has been doing quite well with their training but abruptly begins to relieve themself, an underlying medical reason may be to blame. Due to urinary tract infections, puppies may tend to urinate in the house. While not exclusive to females, this issue is more often observed in female puppies than their male counterparts.
2. Insufficient Training
Another possible reason that your puppy is having a sudden bout of accidents at home could simply be because the training that you have provided is not quite complete. Many new owners are surprised to learn that it may take upwards of four to six months for toilet training to have a long-lasting effect. In fact, for smaller breeds, it may take even longer. Your duties in the toilet training arena are only over after your puppy has a good grasp on where they can and cannot relieve themselves. So it's likely that your little furry friend is simply not aware that your carpet is out-of-limits when it comes to peeing. This can just be a matter of your pup thinking that any location that is not her pen is permitted. When compared to the flooring that she is used to, the carpet is likely to be very different. Therefore, she may not be clear about the rules that you want her to learn about the carpet.
3. Excessive Freedom Too Quickly
Accidents are often observed when a puppy is given way too much freedom before she is ready. When your puppy is going through her transition phase, it's crucial to supervise her at all times while she's roaming around your house to prevent accidents.
Solutions for Issues With Toilet Training Pups
1. Consult Your Vet
Needless to say, if you feel that training is not the issues, your next step should be to get in touch with your vet so you can identify if there are any underlying medical reasons that can be contributing to the issue. Typically, vets conduct a urine test to determine if your pup is suffering from a urinary tract infection.
2. Supervise and Restrict Your Pup
For the time being, restrict your pup to her crate or playpen. If and when you allow her to come out of the confined area, keep track of her movements diligently. If and when you realize that your pup may relieve herself, you can take her out in time to the bathroom.
3. Frequently Go on Walks and Reward Good Behavior
Once every 30 minutes to 1 hour, take your puppy out for a walk. When you take puppies outdoors on a leash, they tend to learn quickly regarding where they can pee. Each time they pee in the right place, provide them with a treat, which will eventually develop the habit of only peeing outside.
4. Comprehensively Clean Up Their Mess
If your puppy has managed to pee in the house despite all the precautions you've taken, remember to clean the area up very well. It's a good idea to make use of an enzymatic cleaner to ensure that your puppy cannot pick up on the the smell later. This will decrease the likelihood of her peeing in the same spot again.
5. Refrain from Punishing
Instead of yelling or doling out punishments, it is a good idea to leverage positive reinforcement when toilet training a puppy. When yelled at, puppies tend to get anxious, which increases the likelihood of them peeing again. You'll need a lot of patience to train your dog, and just understand that occasional setbacks are common. In such cases, it's best to go back to the basics and gradually build from there.
I'll be the first to admit that training a new puppy can be quite frustrating at times and setbacks can make you feel hopeless. But just remember, most often the reason for such setbacks is either excessive freedom before she's ready or inadequate training. In some cases, issues with training are associated with medical problems, including urinary tract infections. If you can’t seem to resolve the issue on your own, just reach out to your veterinarian, who will check for underlying health issues and provide you with helpful solutions.
I wish all of our new puppy parent the best, and I hope your new famlily member eventually picks up the habit with proper training.