How to Stop Dog Peeing on Balcony
Imagine being able to enjoy the nice weather outside without stepping in a puddle your dog left! Wouldn’t that be nice? Of course! But you can’t because your dog pees on the balcony all the time! Why is your dog peeing on your balcony? What scent repels dogs from peeing on your balcony? Is your dog peeing on the balcony because they’re scared?
Well, you can worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer every single one of these questions. And, of course, we’ll cover how to stop your dog peeing on the balcony 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 Balcony!”
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Why is My Dog Peeing on My Balcony?
Your dog is peeing on your balcony because they’re marking territory to assert dominance. If there’s no backyard for them to mark in, then dogs will pee on the balcony as it’s the best way in their minds to warn outsiders to stay away. Their dried urine also contains an enzyme that acts as an attractant, which makes them want to keep coming back over and over.
Both male and female dogs will mark, even if they’ve been spayed or neutered. Depending on the amount of urine your dog is leaving, they could also be experiencing anxiety in addition to their dominance. If there are large amounts, then this is a safe bet. Your dog feels worried because they feel the need to protect you at all times, and they get stressed when they feel like they can’t.
You’ll likely see your dog action dominant and marking in other areas. Is your dog barking and growling at strangers on walks and at other times? Does your dog pee in the same spot in the house repeatedly? Do they mark on your curtains if they can’t get out to the balcony? All of these would be signs of dominance or stress, and likely both.
For obvious reasons, you can’t allow this behavior. It’s terrible to deal with for you and everyone you encounter, and most importantly, your dog is going through a lot of suffering when they exhibit behaviors like this. To stop your dog from peeing on the balcony along with the related problems, skip to the last section now.
What Scent Repels Dogs From Peeing on Your Balcony?
Vinegar is a scent that repels dogs from peeing on your balcony. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, then apply it on your balcony. The smell will be gone in an hour but will remain detectable by your dog who will continue to be deterred.
It’s safe for nearly all surfaces including concrete, wood, composite, and tile. It can, however, be corrosive to metal. You should also avoid any plants as it can kill them. The solution will not make your balcony slippery.
Is My Dog Peeing on the Balcony Because They’re Scared?
Your dog could be peeing on the balcony because they’re scared. They may be feeling anxious that you’re gone, because they feel the need to protect you or to be protected by you at all times. This stress makes it difficult for them to control their bladder. There will likely be large amounts of urine if your dog is feeling this way.
How to Stop Your Dog Peeing on Your Balcony
To stop your dog peeing on your balcony:
- If you catch your dog peeing on the balcony, give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” immediately.
- Take them outside to finish.
- Learn your dog’s pee schedule and make sure to take them on long walks, along with some treats, during this time.
- Be patient and give them plenty of time to pee.
- When they go somewhere they should give them positive praise and a treat right away.
- Keep following this and your dog will form a positive connection with only peeing on walks.
- Make sure that anyone else who is in the house is also following these steps when walking your dog.
- Use the following steps that will stop your dog from peeing on the balcony.
- Make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Spray this where your dog pees on the balcony.
- The mixture is safe for nearly all surfaces including concrete, wood, composite, tile, and laminate. Do not use directly on metal as it can be corrosive over time.
- This will not make your balcony slippery, and should actually make it less so.
- Avoid any plants on your balcony as the mix can kill them.
- Wait about an hour. The vinegar smell will become undetectable for you once the spray has completely dried.
- Your dog will continue to be able to detect the scent and will remain deterred from peeing on the balcony.
- If you can still smell pee, make a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 5 parts warm water in a bucket.
- Apply the baking soda mix where your dog keeps peeing with a mop, and then wait 10 minutes.
- Use a clean, wet rag to soak up the mixture, and then another to dry it.
These steps will get your dog to stop peeing on the balcony, but it’s important to remember that the underlying issue of dominance (and possibly anxiety) that was causing all of this to begin with will still remain. And you definitely can’t allow that to go on, because your dog is then still going to be suffering, misbehaving, and marking in other areas.
To end all of this for good by addressing your dog’s problems at the root, we should first go over what makes dogs function deep down. 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 on the balcony then they are without a doubt showing you that they don’t have any trust for you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t feel the need to mark on your balcony or elsewhere, because they would trust that you’ve got everything under control at all times, even when you’re not home. They would not engage in any other types of misbehavior or disrespect, like getting aggressive on walks. And they would happily obey your commands at all times, and they would do so immediately.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a worthy, capable one that they must respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful things a reality.
You’ll be better off for obvious reasons (and so will any neighbors who might have a balcony under yours), but your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the stress and confusion that they’re currently burdened with 24/7 due to all of this.
Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
“Absolutely, yeah, but how do I do this then?”
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 his series, Dan explains absolutely everything 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 important changes in your dog before things escalate.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because 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 it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
I’m sure you’re ready to enjoy your balcony without it reeking of pee, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing on Balcony.”