How to Stop Dog Peeing on Kitchen Floor
It’d be nice to cook a meal or go to the fridge to grab a drink without having to watch your step. And why do you have to watch yourself? Because your dog is peeing on the kitchen floor over and over again! Why does your dog pee on the kitchen floor? Does it mean they’re mad at you? What scents repel dogs from peeing on the kitchen floor?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And we’ll of course cover how to stop your dog from peeing on the kitchen floor once and for all. Soon, this will all be a thing of the past. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing on Kitchen Floor!”
Table of Contents
Why Does My Dog Pee on the Kitchen Floor?
Your dog pees on the kitchen floor due to dominance and likely anxiety issues as well. They want to assert their place in the home, so this makes your dog pee in the kitchen. It’s a common area, so it makes sense that this would be a spot they would choose for that. Anxiety comes into play when they take things to the level that they constantly feel the need to protect you.
But when you’re not around, they’re not able to do this, which makes them very stressed out. When your dog is peeing in the kitchen and it’s due to both dominance and anxiety (rather than just dominance alone), you’ll see them leaving large amounts of urine, as the stress makes it difficult for them to control their bladder and mark in only small amounts.
Both male and female dogs will mark, and they will both do so even when they’ve been fixed. If your dog keeps peeing in the kitchen and it’s started happening all of a sudden, then think about if there’s been anything new that would make them feel it more necessary to assert themselves and feel worried. Is there a new person in the home? Did you move recently?
But if this is a new and sudden behavior for a normally housetrained dog and there are no obvious new stressors, then you should consider health issues. Urinary tract infections, cystitis (bladder inflammation), bladder stones, the onset of age-related incontinence, and kidney disease are all possible.
Take your dog to the vet for a check-up right away if this has started suddenly occurring. But the most likely causes are dominance and anxiety, which also need to be addressed immediately. You’ll likely also see your dog is peeing on your laminate flooring, peeing on your decking, peeing in the house in the same spot, and more similar behaviors.
Clearly, you don’t want this to continue as your home could be damaged. But the more pressing issue is helping your dog through this suffering. The good news is, however, that they’ll both be addressed at the same time in the same way. To learn how to stop your dog peeing in the kitchen and help your dog through this, skip to the last section now.
What Scents Repel Dogs From Peeing on Kitchen Floors?
Vinegar is a scent that repels dogs from peeing on kitchen floors. To keep your dog from peeing on your kitchen floor, make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply it around your flooring, particularly where your dog likes to pee. It is safe for most surfaces, including wood, composite, laminate, and tile. Epoxy floors should be avoided, as it can break them down over time.
Allow the mixture about an hour to dry, and the smell will be gone as far as you’ll be able to tell. Your dog, however, will continue to be able to detect the scent and will be deterred.
If a urine smell remains, make a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 5 parts warm water. Mop your floors with it, wait 10 minutes, then mop it clean with water. The baking soda mixture should remove any remaining smells of urine.
You’ll still, however, need to address what was causing your dog to pee in the kitchen in the first place. Skip to the last section now where we’ll tell you how to do that.
My Dog Pees on Kitchen Floor, Are They Mad at Me?
If your dog pees on the kitchen floor, they are not mad at you. Dogs do not understand the concept of revenge or anger peeing. While your dog may get upset with you at times, they will not respond by peeing on the kitchen floor to get back at you. They are doing so most likely due to dominance and anxiety problems. These may make it seem like they’re angry at you, but they are very different issues.
How to Stop Dog Peeing on the Kitchen Floor
To stop dog peeing on the kitchen floor:
- Give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” immediately if you catch your dog peeing on the kitchen floor.
- Clean the spot up right away.
- Do not clap, get angry, or yell because your dog is doing this partially due to anxiety (in addition to feelings of dominance), and reacting like this will just make their problem grow.
- Bring your dog outside to finish going potty.
- Learn your dog’s pee schedule as best as you can.
- Take them on long walks around this time, and bring along plenty of treats for them.
- Be patient during the walk and give them plenty of time to pee.
- Once they’ve gone pee, reward them right away with a treat and praise.
- This forms a positive connection with only peeing during walks and not in your kitchen.
- Make sure that everyone else who lives in the home is also following the prior steps.
- Use the following steps to stop your dog peeing in the kitchen.
- Make a 50/50 mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray this mixture around where your dog pees on the kitchen floor.
- The mixture is safe for wood, concrete, composite, laminate, and tile, and shouldn’t make things slippery. Do not use on epoxy floors, however, it can break them down over time.
- Wait an hour and the smell from the mix will go away.
- Your dog will still detect the scent and will remain repelled from peeing on your kitchen floor.
- If there’s still a smell of your dog’s urine in the kitchen, then mix 1 part baking soda with 5 parts warm water in a bucket.
- Apply the baking soda solution to where your dog keeps peeing in the kitchen, and then wait for about ten minutes.
- Use a damp, clean cloth to soak it up, and then another to dry your kitchen floor.
- The urine smell should be gone now, but your dog will still be repelled.
This will get your dog to stop peeing in the kitchen, but it’s important to remember that the issues which were causing all of this to begin with (dominance and anxiety) will still remain. And you definitely need to address those, because not doing so means that your dog will continue to suffer, act up, and mark in other spots around the house.
To stop all of this once and for all by getting down to your dog’s root problems, we need to quickly go over what makes your dog tick to begin with. I’m sure you’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog pees in the kitchen then they are definitively displaying to you that they have zero trust or respect for you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t mark on your kitchen flooring or anywhere else, because they would be content knowing that you’ve got everything under control, even when you’re away from the house. They would not engage in any other misbehavior or disrespect. And they would immediately obey all of your commands, and they would do so happily.
You’ll be better off for many obvious reasons, but your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to suffer from all of the confusion and anxiety that they’re currently burdened with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
“Yeah, of course, but how am I supposed to do any of this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In the series, Dan explains absolutely everything 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 in no time.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t get worried, because no, you’re not going to have to yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching techniques 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 ready to use your kitchen without it smelling like dog urine all the time, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing on Kitchen Floor.”