How Can You Stop a Dog from Peeing in Your House? A Dog Trainer Explains

How Can You Stop a Dog from Peeing in Your House? A Dog Trainer Explains

Getting a new puppy is so much fun! But dealing with accidents in the house—not so much. Every new dog owner deals with it at some point, but there are lots of ways to handle the issue.

wikiHow asked professional dog trainer David Levin about the best ways to get your dog to potty outside. Here’s what he said:

Give your dog plenty of chances to go outside. The more chances they get, the less likely they’ll be to go inside the house. Try setting up a timer on your phone as a reminder. Don’t let your dog roam around unsupervised when they’re inside the house. If you want to leave them on their own for a bit, put them in a crate or an exercise pen. Otherwise, keep an eye on them so you can take them outside right away if they start peeing. Put your dog outside quickly if they start to potty. Swiftness is key! The faster they get outside, the better they’ll learn that pottying is for the outdoors, not in your home. Clean up any accidents thoroughly. If dogs smell their own pee in the house, they’ll be more likely to potty there a second time. Use an enzymatic cleaner to really get rid of odors, and clean the area more than once if you need to.

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