How to Stop Dog Peeing on Laminate Floor

Oh, come on now! Your dog peed on the laminate floor again! Why do they have to do this? Why is your dog peeing on laminate flooring? Can dog urine ruin laminate floors? And if so, what should you do about it? And what does it mean if your dog pees on the laminate floor all of a sudden and this isn’t an ongoing problem?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating issue. And, of course, we’ll cover what you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog from peeing on the laminate flooring! This problem will all be behind you before you know it. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing on Laminate Floor!”

How to Stop Dog Peeing on Your Laminate Floor

How to Stop Dog Peeing on Laminate Floor

To stop dog peeing on your laminate floor:

  1. If you catch your dog peeing on laminate flooring, give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” right away, and clean up the spot.
  2. Do not yell, clap, or get angry as your dog is doing this partially due to anxiety (in addition to dominance), and this type of reaction from you will only make things worse.
  3. Bring them outside to finish.
  4. Learn your dog’s pee schedule and make sure to take them on long walks at this time, and bring some treats.
  5. Be patient and give them enough time to go.
  6. When they go somewhere appropriate, reward them with a treat and praise immediately.
  7. This will form a positive connection with only peeing in allowed spots.
  8. Make sure that anyone else who is in the house is also doing so.
  9. Use the following steps that will stop your dog from peeing on laminate floors.
  10. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  11. Spray this where your dog pees on the laminate floor.
  12. The mixture is safe for laminate.
  13. This will not make your flooring slippery.
  14. Wait for one hour and the vinegar smell will be gone.
  15. Your dog will continue to be able to detect the scent and will remain deterred from peeing on your laminate flooring.
  16. If a urine smell remains, make a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 5 parts warm water in a bucket.
  17. Apply the baking soda mixture to where your dog has been peeing with a mop, then wait 10 minutes.
  18. Use a clean, damp rag to soak up the mixture, and then another to dry the flooring.
  19. The smell should now be gone, but your dog will continue to be deterred from urinating on your laminate floor.

These steps will get your dog to stop peeing on the laminate floor, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (marking, anxiety) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“So, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog pees on the laminate floor and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog peeing on the laminate floor ever again!

Why is My Dog Peeing on Laminate Flooring?

Your dog is peeing on laminate flooring because they’re trying to show dominance but are also experiencing anxiety. Your dog pees on your laminate floor to mark their territory, but their anxiety and stress make it difficult for them to hold it long enough to find somewhere more typical. You’ll likely see large pools of urine when anxiety is present in addition to dominance.

When your dog pees on laminate floors, they are aiming to assert themselves because of some new stressor in the home. Is there a new baby? Did you bring a new dog or other pet into the home? Have visitors been coming by more often? Are you spending more time away from the home due to a new job or hobbies?

Your dog is getting stressed out about their place in the home and is feeling the need to reassert their standing in the family pack. The added need to protect you makes them have trouble controlling their bladder because the stress becomes too much, which will lead to your dog not just marking on your laminate flooring, but also leaving large amounts of urine when they do.

It’s important to address this display of dominance and anxiety right away, or your dog’s problem and suffering is only going to get worse. They’ll likely look to mark in other areas too. Your dog will be peeing on the kitchen floor, peeing on the deck, peeing on furniture, and maybe even peeing in the car.

To stop your dog peeing on laminate flooring and anywhere else, go back to the first section now where we covered how to both prevent their peeing and also address the root causes of their behavior.

Can Dog Urine Ruin Laminate Floors?

Dog urine can ruin laminate floors if left long enough. While dog pee is pH neutral at first, when allowed to sit it becomes acidic which will damage your laminate floors. This can cause the planks to swell, and also a tough-to-remove smell if it seeps through to the sub-flooring. When it’s gotten beneath the laminate, the only way to truly clean it is to remove the flooring.

You can see now why it’s important to clean up dog pee on laminate floors right away and to address the behavioral issue too. Go back to the first section now where we went over how you can stop your dog from peeing on your laminate flooring.

Dog Peed on Laminate Floor All of a Sudden

If your dog peed on the laminate floor all of a sudden and this isn’t an ongoing issue, then you should also consider health problems. Bladder stones, urinary tract infections, cystitis (bladder inflammation), kidney disease, and the onset of age-related incontinence are all possible.

If there have not been any new sources of stress or people in the house, then health issues could be the cause of your dog peeing on the laminate. You can never be too careful when these are in play, so if your dog is suddenly peeing on your laminate flooring and isn’t showing signs of dominance or stress, then you should take them to the vet for a check-up right away.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to not mopping up pee all the time, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Good luck with all of this, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing on Laminate Floor.”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.