Finding your dog peeing in the house is incredibly frustrating.
It’s especially annoying if it’s a housebroken dog urinating in the house–they were housebroken, what happened? Why is the dog peeing inside now when he didn’t before?
If you find your previously housebroken dog urinating in the house it may be for a variety of reasons, some more obvious than others. So let’s go through 5 reasons for your dog peeing in the house.
1. You found your dog peeing in the house because they weren’t actually housebroken to begin with
Sometimes Yorkie breeders and pet stores will tell the dog’s new owner that the dog is house trained when that’s not actually true. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to ask your Yorkie breeders very specific questions about their dogs as you’re deciding which breeder to choose! Much of the time, when a dog is adopted she is simply too young to be fully house trained.
This is also true of a lot of rescue and adoption situations. My husband and I adopted a 7-year-old Yorkshire Terrier from a family who swore he was house trained. When we caught the dog peeing in the house within the first few hours of having him, we knew something didn’t add up.
Luckily, Yorkshire Terriers are eager to please dogs. House training yorkies can be challenging, but they want to do what makes you happy. If they learn that peeing outside is a good thing to do, they will want to do it more often.
If your dog isn’t housebroken yet, check out this great article on how to house train Yorkshire Terriers.
2. Your schedule gives your dog no other option
If you have a previously housebroken dog urinating in the house, take a real look at your schedule. Have there been any big changes? Did you change your shifts at work, so your dog is getting walked at different times than before? Are you busier and have less time to dedicate to your dog?
Your dog requires your time and attention–that’s just part of being a Yorkie owner. If you catch your dog peeing in the house, especially if it’s during a time you normally would have been outside, figure out how you can meet your dog’s needs so that she is getting enough exercise and enough opportunities that she doesn’t feel her only option is to pee inside the house.
3. Your dog is trying to show you who is boss
Sometimes your dog peeing in the house is his way of showing you, “I’m the alpha here!”
Despite averaging around 5 pounds, Yorkshire Terriers have a real alpha complex. Dogs who don’t have enough structure and boundaries in the home may start to mark their territory on furniture and belongings.
Dogs do best when they’re in an environment with clear rules: the dog can go here, but not there; the Yorkie can chew on this, but not that. If you haven’t taken some time to do obedience training with your dog, and if the house has no boundaries, but the dog has free reign, he may have started to believe that he is in charge.
There are many simple things you can do to teach your Yorkshire Terrier, “you are not the alpha here!” They include:
- Loose leash walking. Train your dog to walk beside or slightly behind you, not run around wherever he pleases.
- Scheduled feeding times. A free-feeding schedule tells the dog that he is in charge of when he eats. Having him on a schedule that you are in charge of tells him, “I am your alpha and I will provide for you.”
- Learning tricks and obedience training. Yorkies are very intelligent dogs, and many thoroughly enjoy learning tricks and doing obedience training. As a bonus, it trains your dog to try and please you, which puts you higher on the totem pole than he is!
There are many other things you can do to train your dog to become the beta dog in your house. If you have a dog peeing inside who also has behavioral issues, it may be time to start some real obedience training!
4. They are frightened
On the flip side, if your dog often urinates in the presence of other people in a submissive pose, it may be that he or she is frightened and trying to show submission, or so frightened that he lost control of his bladder.
Watch your dog’s behavior–does he only pee around certain people? Does he pee when there are too many people around? Does he urinate when being scolded?
Look for signs of fear when you find your dog peeing in the house. It may be time to change up some of your routine or mannerisms towards the dog to help him feel safe, comfortable, and confident in your home.
5. They have a medical condition that needs to be treated
If you have a previously housebroken dog urinating in the house, it may be worth a trip to the vet–especially if it’s an older Yorkie or a Yorkie with other health issues.
In general, if you are worried about your dog, it’s never a bad idea to go see a veterinarian. There are a variety of Yorkie health issues that could be the reason behind your dog peeing in the house, and having a talk with your vet and running a few tests can put your mind at ease and get you on the track towards treatment for your Yorkie.
Your dog peeing in the house doesn’t have to be your reality. House training isn’t easy, but it is possible, even if you have an adult dog who’s never been house trained before!
So don’t give up! You can do this–and your dog will thank you for it!
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