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Why is my dog weeing in the house?

We all love our dogs. Not only do these furry companions bring joy and amusement to our lives, studies have shown that keeping a pet in the household has positive effects to our physical and mental health. As much as we love our dogs to bits, pet accidents remain a long-standing concern that dog daddies and mummies must endure. If you’re wondering why your precious pupper is constantly doing their business in the house, here’s a couple of reasons why.

1) Not properly house-trained since birth

If your dog is weeing indoors, or simply somewhere she’s not supposed to be, chances are she was never properly house-trained. As with any habit, it’s best practice to have them ingrained from young and wee habits are no exception. For puppies, it is essential that they receive proper house training as early as 12 weeks of age. A proper house-training regime for puppies typically takes up to 4-6 months, but some pups may take up to a year. As with any other training, it’s important to remember not to let accidents hold you back. Accidents are common in puppies up to a year old, and sometimes a little dog urine in the house is inevitable during house-training. Have patience, your little one will get it in no time!

2) Urinary tract issues

While behavioural issues can sometimes be blamed when your puppies and dogs are doing their business in the house, in some cases the issue may be a medical one. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common reasons for inappropriate urination and one of the most frequently seen health problems in dogs. Signs of  UTI include inappropriate urination, frequent urination, increased thirst and even bloody dog urine! So, the next time your dog wees in the house, it may not be that your canine friend is misbehaving, but a larger underlying issue at hand. Best practice? Take her to a vet and have her checked.

3) Submissive or excitement urination issues

If your new puppy or rescue dog is house-trained and  healthy but still occasionally wees on the floor for no fathomable reason, then you might have a dog with submissive or excitement urination issues. Submissive dogs tend to resort to urinating to appease someone they view as “socially dominant” and to escape being punished. This situation is common when there’s a history of punishment and negative treatment after inappropriate peeing and is more common in rescue dogs or shy and timid dogs. Excitement urination on the other hand relates to accidents that occur during greetings or play sessions and are typically common in puppies under 1 year of age. The good news? Puppies will eventually grow out of it!

4) Urine marking

Urine marking typically occurs when there are additional social triggers or environmental changes to a dog’s immediate living environment. Are there new dogs in the vicinity? Some dogs will resort to using their urine to mark areas they consider to be theirs, especially when there are new non-resident dogs in their environment. Dogs are territorial animals and dog urine marking can be a sign for dogs to communicate that “this is my spot” to other people and animals. Other exciting social triggers may also cause a dog to urine mark, such as a male dog in the presence of a female dog (especially when they are in heat). In general, dogs who are more reproductively intact are more likely to urine mark compared to spayed or neutered dogs, and by spaying or neutering your dogs, this could halt dog urine marking completely.

Just because we love our canine pals to bits doesn’t mean we love the puddles they leave behind in the house. No matter how well you trained your dog, or how diligent you keep to your toilet-break schedule, sometimes dog urine accidents happen. Whether its on your carpet, rugs, hardwood or anywhere else, the most important thing is to make sure that dog urine won’t leave a lasting impression, that includes the stain and the smell! When cleaning dog urine, tackling the smell is just as important as tackling the stain to ensure that your dogs are not attracted to the same spot again. This is where an enzyme-based solution like the Britex Urine Remover can come in handy.

The Britex Urine Remover’s unique ‘no touch, no scrub’ formula ensures that you don’t have to blot or touch dog urine stains, instead just spray the area, cover it in a cloth and wait. Britex Urine Remover is designed to draw moisture and stains away, while being effective yet gentle on fabric furnishings such as carpets, rugs, mattresses, upholstery and hard surfaces. The enzymes in Britex Urine Remover work to break up the uric acid crystals while destroying the bacteria surrounding the urine. Most importantly, it is pet and family safe so you can rest assured that your loved ones are not exposed to harsh chemicals and nasties in the household.

All Britex products are available at the Britex hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths, selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware Stores. Britex Urine Remover can be purchased online at participating Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and Coles stores or here,

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