Recently, I have been finding small puddles of liquid around the house. They were baffling to me, as I had no idea where they were coming from. I was checking the ceilings and plant pots for cracks, and was coming up with nothing. I was stunned. Then finally, I was sitting on the sofa having a glass of coffee, and I heard this light trickling of water, and I turned around to see my dog Julienne peeing on the kitchen floor. BINGO! I should have known all along tie was pet urine. Anyways, this was bothering me. I didn’t know why Julienne was urinating in the house when I was taking her out three plus times a day for that very purpose. I ended up taking her to the vet, and was relieved to hear that this was a relatively normal thing, and that in most cases, it is not the cause of anything serious. If you are worried because your dog has been going to the bathroom inside the house, here are some reasons he or she may be doing so:

Environment Changes such as:
– a new pet in the household
– an owner becoming pregnant
– the addition of a new baby in the household
– construction work being done in the house
– a change in the owner’s schedule

Although, the most common cause for inappropriate urination is separation anxiety. When you leave your home, your dog, especially if she if young, may become very anxious, and urinating or defecating would be a natural response. Some may perceive the dog as being “bad” for doing this, but the dog is actually in fear. The good thing is that this problem is an easy fix in most cases. Your pup most likely just needs a refresher course in house training. Below are some training tips you can use to get your dog back on track:

Confinement

If you are not actively watching your dog, keep them confined in an area they will not go potty in. This may be a dog crate, your kitchen, or a small room.

Schedule

Take your dog outside on a set schedule. Your adult dog should be able to hold their urine for 4-8 hours depending on their activity level. Set a schedule and stick to it every day.

Reward

Go outside with your dog each time. Take a tasty food treat. When your dog goes potty in the correct place, praise them and offer a food reward. This will help your dog want to go potty in the right place.

Consistency

Your consistency in training is the key to your dog’s success. Stick with your training plan and you will see fast results. The more consistent you are, the faster your dog will get back on track.

If this is a problem for your dog, I would recommend that your first move would be to take her to the vet, in the case that this may be stemming from a more serious issue. Yet in most cases, there is nothing to worry about. In most cases, a little retraining, refreshing, and TLC will do the job.

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