Most Common Dog Potty Problems Solved

Is there a spot on the living room carpet that your dog always pees on while you’re at work? Are your friends hesitant to come to dinner because your pooch tinkles on their shoes? Unfortunately, your dog has a potty problem — and we know just how frustrating (and gross) it can be to deal with. Fortunately, we’ve got solutions to the most common house-training issues.

Problem: Your new puppy isn’t potty trained.
Solution: As a general rule, your puppy can hold it the same number of hours as is his age in months. For instance, a 2-month-old puppy can hold it in for about two hours. Of course, that rule doesn’t always apply: If he’s 9-months-old, he should never have to wait nine hours to go to the bathroom. So take your pup outside as often as possible — but until he’s had all his vaccinations, be sure that his designated outside area is not accessible to other animals. And of course, supervise your puppy the entire time he’s outside.

Problem: Your dog pees when there are visitors at the door.
Solution: Dogs (especially females) urinate when they hear the doorbell as a sign of submission or excitement. In either case, tell visitors to ignore your dog when greeting to minimize this behavior. It’s also a good idea to take your dog out to go to the bathroom before guests arrive. Learn what you should never do.

Problem: Your dog pees on your indoor plants.
Urine marking is when dogs leave small amounts of pee on what are usually vertical surfaces like walls, poles and even plants. This behavior is mostly seen in unneutered male dogs. But because it can be difficult to distinguish marking behavior from medical issues, you should talk to your veterinarian to rule out health problems. Learn more about the best ways to reduce this annoying behavior.ThinkstockPhotos-485920969 (1)

Problem: Your dog won’t go potty in the rain.
Pups with picky potty habits need to learn how to do their business on command. That way, he’ll know to go every time he’s let outside (whether he has a full bladder or not). It’s not as difficult as it sounds; trainer Mikkel Becker reveals how it’s done.

Problem: Your house trained adult dog is suddenly having accidents.
Start by taking your pup to the veterinarian to rule out any medical issues; he could have a urinary tract infection or another medical problem. In the meantime, you may want to rethink your indoor waste cleaning routine — your pup might be doing his business inside because he smells the lingering odor of past accidents. This is what you should be doing to clean up any messes.

Problem: Your dog’s waste is ruining your lawn.
Dog waste plus fertilizer in your yard can equal brown spots and dead grass. To stop this from happening, try adding water to dry pet food to dilute your dog’s urine and be sure to pick up poop in a timely manner. If your yard is already showing signs of waste damage, here’s what you can do to revive it.

By Laura Cross

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven4 years ago

thanks for the article.

Bobi E.
Past Member 4 years ago

Interesting article, thanks. Fortunately we do not have these problems, dog is outside during he day, and has her bed at night. She has peed on her bed a few times, mostly from fright, but hey, the bed is washable. Our cat is an inside cat and requires daily litter pan duty, as said by Dale Loves Ottawa O. Cat was on a diuretic for a bladder infection and had a few accidents on our bed, but again, the sheets are washable, and we have always kept Tenda pads under the sheet just incase he gets lazy about going to the kitty litter particularly in the rainy season here. See, Naoma F, it is not that your house is white or your husband is allergic, it is about treating and teaching an animal the house rules and about you caring enough to a good pet parent. There is nothing more heart warming than kitty kisses and doggie licks, purrs and tail wags. Try it, you might like it!

dagmar karin dag
dagmar karin dag4 years ago

Muy buenos consejos,gracias

Carole R.
Carole R4 years ago

Thanks for the post.

DaleLovesOttawa O.

Good tips. Thankfully, I have never really had much in the way of 'dog potty' problems when we had dogs as pets. Never did have a dog attempting to piddle on a potted plant. Unique!

At the moment, the cat that owns me requires daily litter pan duty, thankfully, we humans are well-trained and loyal serfs to our feline betters.

Naoma F, it is nice that you have an 'all white home' and if you do not wish to have pets, that is your own affair. It is not really fair for you to state that all pets have a 'foul smell.' If a person takes good care of the pet, then the animal will not have a foul odour unless a dog rushes off for a sudden swim in the local swamp, but there is a good bath for that.
Yes, people have allergies to pets, but some airlines do allow pet travel inside the cabins, it's best to check with the airline to get seating where no one will have a pet sitting beside you. The cat that owns me sheds dander on my bed, but she purrmits me sleep on it anyway, she is quite flexible in that way. Interesting white space that you left there in the centre of your comment. Reminds me of the dusting of snow that we had today, 'Spring'...ha!

Justin M.
Justin M4 years ago


Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa4 years ago

Thank you

Mahmoud Khalil
Mahmoud Khalil4 years ago


ERIKA S4 years ago

thank you for sharing this