Potty Problems: Why Won’t My Dog Pee Outside?

A chocolate lab puppy looks abashed as it sits next to a puddle of piddle on a hardwood floor in a teal room

Do you have a poopy puppy? Or an older dog who has started peeing in the house? Perhaps you have a pooch who piddles on your guests’ feet. Whatever the case, potty problems can be upsetting for all. But, instead of unleashing your frustration, learn how to help your dog pee outside with the following tips. 

Bring in the Experts

There are instances when the answer to “Why won’t my dog pee outside?” is a medical problem. It is always a good idea and most fair to your dog to rule out disease, infection, and other physical issues before tackling the pee problem. We’re here to help! Call us to schedule an appointment. 

Why Won’t My Dog Pee Outside?

Your puppy isn’t potty trained yet – If your puppy is peeing in the house, chances are she’s not yet completely house trained. Consider that puppies should be able to hold it for as long as the number of months they are old (generally). That’s not to say that a 9 month old puppy should be able to hold it for 9 hours! Take your pup out more frequently, stay with her until she goes, and praise. Set her up for success!

Your dog pees in the house when visitors come over – Some dogs pee when there’s someone at the door as a sign of submission or excitement. To remedy, have guests ignore your dog until they are inside and your dog can acclimate. You should also plan to take your dog outside to go to the bathroom right before guests arrive.

Your dog pees on indoor plants – Depositing small amounts of urine indoors may be attributable to urine marking. This behavior is most common in unneutered male dogs, who are marking their territory, so to speak. Talk to us about neutering, and also about any unresolved medical issues – another common reason for peeing small amounts on household objects.

Your pup won’t pee in the rain – Some pups are picky about the climate. But your dog can and should learn to go to the bathroom on command. He’ll know to go to the bathroom when let out, whether he has a full bladder or not. 

Your house trained adult dog suddenly starts having accidents inside – Solving this issue should begin with a veterinary exam. You should also review your indoor cleaning practices, as dogs like to eliminate in the same place. Your dog may smell the remnants of past accidents and think that this is the right place to go. Use an enzymatic cleaner which eliminates smells.

Your dog goes in the house only when you’re gone – This potty problem points to a possible separation anxiety issue. Talk to us about your dog’s behavior and get help from a behavioral specialist or a certified professional dog trainer, if necessary. Separation anxiety is a complex problem and does not resolve on its own. 

Avoiding The Accidents

Dogs naturally want to keep their personal space clean, so crate training may be a solution as long as you understand the reasons behind your dog’s accidents. 

If you’re away for long stretches of time, it may be that your dog simply can’t hold her pee as long as you think. If she’s friendly with other dogs, consider doggy day care. A professional dog walker or neighbor will also give her interaction and potty breaks. 

Addressing potty problems takes a bit of detective work, an understanding of dog behavior, and a lot of patience. Never, ever punish your dog for peeing in the house, and use positive techniques to help her learn your expectations. 

Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to support you in your dog’s health and well being. If you have questions or concerns, please give us a call