How to Stop Dog Peeing in Car
It’s so frustrating! You’re just trying to take them somewhere, but every time you do your dog pees in the car. Why do they keep doing this? Why does your dog pee in the car? What scents deter dogs from peeing in the car? And what should you do when your dog peed on your leather car seat, or alternatively when your dog peed on your cloth car seat?
Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this obnoxious, smelly issue. And we’ll of course cover what you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog from peeing in the car. This will all soon be a thing of the past. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing in Car!”
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Why Does My Dog Pee in the Car?
Your dog pees in the car most likely due to anxiety, with overexcitement and territorial marking prompted by dominance also being possible. When it’s because of anxiety, your dog is peeing in the car because they get stressed out about what’s going on and where they’re going, and all of this worry makes it difficult for them to control their bladder.
Overexcitement can also cause dogs to pee in the car because they get too stimulated by all the new sights and sounds, and the possibilities of where they’re going (like the park). This also makes it difficult for them to control their bladder.
Territorial marking (which is rooted in dominance issues) will normally come into play only if there have been other dogs or strangers in your car recently. Your dog will then pee to leave their scent and warn these outsiders that they protect this area. If they’re experiencing anxiety in addition to this, they’ll likely leave large amounts of urine as they then have trouble regulating the amount they mark.
Anxiety, however, would be the most probable of all of these as riding in the car can be a very stressful experience even for very brave dogs. There’s so much going on, and they might be going somewhere that worries them like the vet. But while it is a common thing for dogs to experience, it’s not something you can let continue.
In addition to not wanting your dog’s suffering to go on, you also want this handled immediately because they’ll soon be misbehaving in related ways (if they’re not already). It won’t be long before you find your dog is urinating in the kitchen, urinating on your laminate floors, or urinating on your deck.
To stop your dog peeing in your car while also getting to their problem at its root, skip to the last section now.
What Scents Deter Dogs From Peeing in the Car?
Vinegar is a scent that deters dogs from peeing in the car. You can make a mixture of 1 part distilled white vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle. Apply it around your car and wait about an hour with the windows down. The smell will go away as far as you’re concerned, but your dog (who has a very strong sense of smell) will continue to be able to detect it and will be deterred.
This mixture is safe for nearly all fabrics including leather. If your seats are leather, however, you should use a conditioner after as the mix can dry them out a bit. It’s important to note, however, that this method should be used cautiously, as it may make your dog not want to get in the car altogether.
The more long-term solution is behavioral training (which we’ll cover in the last section), and while you’re working on that you can transport your dog in the car only while they’re in a crate that isn’t overly large. They’ll feel safer and less anxious in a smaller area, and also less likely to pee if there’s no room for them to get away from it afterward.
Dog Peed on Leather Car Seat, What Do I Do?
If your dog peed on your leather car seat, soak it up as quickly as possible. Next, put a teaspoon of dish soap into a quart of warm water. Use a wire whisk to whip everything up so that there will be plenty of suds. You then should apply this to your leather seats using a microfiber cloth. Don’t pour it directly onto your seats as you don’t want them getting too soaked or soapy.
Apply gently and then wipe everything clean with a damp rag. You can then finish up by patting the spot dry with a clean cloth. Roll your windows down and allow everything to air dry for an hour or two. Once the spot has completely dried, use a leather conditioner to refresh everything.
Dog Peed on Cloth Car Seat, What Do I Do?
If your dog peed on your cloth car seat, soak everything up as soon as you can. Fill a spray bottle with cool water and then spray where your dog peed on your car seat. Blot everything up with paper towels unit the spot is dry. In a bowl, make a mix of 1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, and 1/4 cup mild, bleach-free dish soap.
Use a wire whisk to whip everything up so that there are plenty of suds. Next, take a clean cloth to gently apply this frothy mixture to your dog’s pee spot. Work the suds into the spot using an old toothbrush. Scrape everything up using a spatula, and then clean up anything that’s left with a damp rag.
Sprinkle baking soda onto the spot while it’s still damp from the cleaning, and allow everything to sit for about two hours. This will help get rid of any remaining dog pee smell in your car. Finally, vacuum everything up and you’re finished.
How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Peeing in the Car?
To get your dog to stop peeing in the car, get a snug car crate for them to ride in and place a comfy blanket in there. A quiet toy for them to chew on will also help. Dogs pee in the car most often due to anxiety, so this closed-in feeling will help them feel secure and will shield them from all of the unusual sights and sounds.
Dogs will also pee in cars due to territorial marking reasons rooted in dominance if they’re smelling people or other dogs they’re not familiar with. A crate will also help in this situation as they won’t want to mark inside of their crate.
You can dissuade your dog from peeing in the car also by making a 50/50 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it where your dog keeps peeing in the car and wait about an hour. The smell will go away, but your dog will still be able to pick up the scent and will be deterred from that area.
The mix is safe for both leather and cloth car seats, but if your seats are leather you should use a conditioner after as the mix can dry them out a bit.
But you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which led to all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of anxiety (and possibly dominance). A failure to do so will just lead to your dog’s problem showing itself in other ways that could be even worse.
To properly address that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. I’m sure you’ve heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog pees in your car, they are clearly proving to you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t get anxious or territorial and urinate in your car. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety or dominance-related misbehavior. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful transformations your reality.
You’ll be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety or dominance issues are currently burdening them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
That sounds terrific, don’t you think?
“Yeah, absolutely, but how do I actually do this then?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this very subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains all you’ll need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching methods at all times. Not just because they’re the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to your car not smelling like your dog’s pee, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck, and thank you for checking out our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing in Car.”