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Reasons for Potty Mishaps

By Hundidocom @hundidopuppy
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Puppies need to be housetrained to realize that it’s not fine to pee and poop just anywhere. Potty training is a straightforward process, but one that must be executed positively (with no punishment that frightens the puppy) and consistently, following two main rules:

  • Avoid indoor accidents through confinement and close monitoring, and
  • Take the puppy outside on a regular schedule and reward him for eliminating where you want him to do his business.

(Check out Taking Care of Puppies by Proper Housetraining)

House soiling may happen in any part in your home but sometimes pet parents will observe that their puppy soils more in selected places, like rarely used rooms or on a specific type of surface. Very young pups (under 12 weeks old) don’t have full bladder control and might be unable to hold it very long. Older puppies that’ve had accidents mightn’t have been house trained entirely.

Why Pups You Thought Were Housetrained Might Have Mishaps

  • Too Young to Be Fully House Trained

Some pups, particularly those under 12 weeks of age, haven’t developed bladder or bowel control yet.

  • Incomplete Housetraining

A lot of puppies simply haven’t learned where to eliminate or they haven’t learned a means to tell their people when they have to go out. Some pups house soil only under certain conditions. For instance, a puppy may soil when he’s home alone for very long time periods, very first thing in the morning, at some point during the night, only when you’re not watching or only in occasionally used rooms. Other pups may pee or poop whenever they feel the necessity to go.

  • Breakdown in Housetraining

At times pups who seem to be house trained at some point regress and start off soiling in the house again.

Some Other Reasons Your Puppy Might House Soil

  • Urine Marking

If your pup is over three months of age and pees small amounts on vertical surfaces, he could be urine marking. Young dogs doing this behavior often elevate their hind legs when peeing.

  • Separation Anxiety

If your pup only soils when he’s left alone at home, even for short time frames, he may have separation anxiety. If this is the case, you may observe that he appears anxious or upset right before you leave him by himself.

  • Submissive/Excitement Urination

Your pup may have a submissive/excitement urination predicament if he only urinates during greetings, play, and physical contact. If this is the case, you may observe your pup displaying submissive postures during interactions. He may flinch or cower, roll over on his belly, tuck or lower his tail, duck his head, avert his eyes, flatten his ears or all of the above.

Reasons for Potty Mishaps

Help you pup stop potty accidents. *

Medical Reasons for House Soiling

It’s usually a good idea to visit your puppy’s vet to exclude medical causes for house soiling. Some widespread medical reasons for inappropriate urination and defecation are:

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Pups with UTI usually pee frequently and in small amounts. They may additionally lick their genital areas more than usual.

  • Intestinal Upset

If your pup was house trained but now defecates loose stools or diarrhea at home, he may have intestinal upset.

  • Change in Diet

If you’ve recently modified the quantity or kind of food you give your puppy, he may develop a house soiling issue. Often, following a diet change, a pup will defecate loose stools or diarrhea. He may need to poop more frequently or on a different schedule than before the diet change.

Methods to Housetrain Your Puppy

Housetraining is achieved by rewarding your puppy for eliminating where you want him to go and by stopping him from peeing or pooping in inappropriate places. You need to keep crating and confinement to a minimum; however, some amount of limitation is generally essential for your pup to learn to “hold it.”

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