How To Train A Dog Not To Pee Inside

How To Train A Dog Not To Pee Inside


It’s a good idea to start house training your dog as soon as you bring him home. Even if he’s had some obedience training, he may not understand that it’s inappropriate to eliminate in your home. But don’t worry—we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you train your dog not to pee inside!

Keep a potty diary.

  • Keep a potty diary. Writing down how often your dog goes to the bathroom is an easy way to check for changes in his routine. If he’s not going to the bathroom, he may not be drinking enough water—but if he’s going too often, it could mean that he’s drinking more than usual.

Control his drinking.

Control his drinking.

You can help keep your dog from peeing inside by limiting the amount of water he drinks. If you know your pet has to go out, put him on a 15-minute schedule: take him out every 15 minutes until he pees or poops outside. This will give both of you an opportunity to use the bathroom regularly and not have any accidents in between.

Give your dog lots of attention and exercise.

If you have a dog, you know that they need exercise to stay healthy. When dogs get the proper amount of exercise, it helps them relieve stress and learn to focus on their owners. Exercise also helps with learning to focus on other things in their surroundings (like why there’s a squirrel outside), as well as focusing on their body and mind respectively.

Clean up the mess.

  • Clean up the mess immediately. Treating your carpet right away will help prevent any stains from setting, and it’ll also help get rid of any lingering smells. Use a vinegar-and-water solution to neutralize the odor, then rinse with water until clean. If you have time and energy, deep clean the area with an enzyme cleaner like Nature’s Miracle or Simple Solution Pet Stain & Odor Remover (we prefer Nature’s Miracle because it works on both pet urine and feces). If you don’t have time for that much work, just use a pet odor neutralizer spray or powder for best results—our favorites are Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator Spray and Dasuquin Joint Supplement Powder for Dogs. Remember: never rub any liquid into your carpet because this can set stains!

Don’t rub your dog’s nose in the mess, no matter how upset you are.

In the event that your dog pees on your floor, don’t rub their nose in it. This will not teach them to avoid peeing there again. In fact, it might make them afraid of you or resentful towards you for treating them like a child. They won’t know why you’re so angry with them and might even feel like they did something wrong, which can lead to anxiety about coming near you at all.

The same goes for yelling at or punishing your dog—you may feel better afterwards but it won’t help anything long-term. The same goes for using a shock collar or giving the cold shoulder to your pup every time he has an accident inside. If you punish him physically (hitting, shaking him) or verbally (yelling “bad boy”) he’ll only associate being punished with going outside to use the bathroom and become more likely to hold his bladder until he gets inside again because those are usually the only times people get angry at him!

Talk to your vet if you have an older dog who suddenly starts peeing in the house.

If your dog is older than six years old, it’s possible that they have a medical issue that is causing the problem. Some common causes of peeing in the house could be:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Bladder problem

If you think your dog has either of these problems, talk to your veterinarian about testing and treatment options.

Use a crate.

One of the best ways to keep your dog from peeing inside is to use a crate. A crate is a safe haven for dogs, so it’s best to leave them in there when you’re not home or when they’re sleeping. When they spend time in their crates, you can use them as part of their training program:

  • If your dog has an accident and pees on the floor while you’re at work or away from home, put him back in his crate until he finishes his business outside. This will help him associate going outside with relieving himself on command.
  • Use the crate as part of your routine: take him out just before bedtime so he knows where he needs to go when nature calls during sleep hours. You’ll also want to take him out immediately after waking up (since most dogs need to relieve themselves after waking), before breakfast if possible, and throughout the day whenever possible (at least once every few hours).
  • If possible, set up a command word—like “potty”—and every time he hears it say “go potty” while opening up one door of his crate at a time until all four are open and then put him outside immediately after saying “potty.”

Dogs don’t want to make a mess in their own home so if they’re peeing inside, it’s important to understand why and take action.

Dogs don’t want to make a mess in their own home, so if they’re peeing inside, it’s important to understand why and take action.

If your dog is peeing inside the house and you’ve tried everything from modifying the schedule of her walks to restricting her water intake during the day (or both), you can rule out medical causes like urinary tract infections (which are common in female dogs). This means that most likely, she simply doesn’t feel comfortable going outside on rainy days or when it’s freezing cold outside.

The good news is that there are many ways for you and your dog to work through this issue together.


Training your dog not to pee inside doesn’t have to be a painful process. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can help him feel comfortable and confident in his training so that he will no longer need to make accidents on your floor.

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