Dog Peeing on Deck? Here’s How to Stop It!
“Ugggh! Not again!” Your dog peed on the deck! And right before you’re having people over! Why is your dog peeing on your deck? Why can’t they just go where they’re supposed to be going potty? And what will happen to the deck you’ve worked so hard for? Will dog pee ruin a deck? What scents repel dogs from peeing on wood decks?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And, of course, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog from peeing on your deck once and for all. Soon, this obnoxious issue will all be a thing of the past! Keep reading below for our article “Dog Peeing on Deck? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Peeing on My Deck?
To get your dog to stop peeing on your deck:
- Immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” if you catch your dog peeing on the decking.
- Clean the spot up right away so it doesn’t get absorbed.
- Bring your dog somewhere appropriate to finish peeing.
- Learn your dog’s pee schedule as best as you’re able.
- Take them on plenty of long walks around this time, and bring along treats.
- Be patient and give your dog lots of time to pee.
- Once they do, reward them immediately with praise and a treat.
- This forms a positive connection with only peeing during walks and not on your deck.
- Make sure that all others in the home are also following the steps we just went over.
- Use the following steps to stop your dog peeing on the deck.
- Make a mix of 1 part distilled white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle.
- Spray this mixture around where your dog pees on the decking.
- The mixture is safe for both wood decking and composite decking, including those that have been stained.
- Wait an hour for it to dry and the smell from the vinegar will go away.
- Your dog will still be able to pick up the scent and will remain repelled from peeing on your decking.
But you’ll still need to do something about the root problem that was causing all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of dominance and possibly anxiety. Letting this continue will just lead to your dog’s issues growing and escalating into other additional behavioral problems.
Before we can do that, though, we must first talk about what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog pees on your deck, they are clearly telling you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t pee on your decking. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.
Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable, deserving one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these wonderful things a reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the anxiety and confusion that their dominance issues are currently burdening them with every single second of every single day.
Sounds like a great thing, right?
“Absolutely, yeah, but how do I do this?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains absolutely everything in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these crucial changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
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 never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
Why is My Dog Peeing on My Deck?
Your dog is peeing on your deck because they are feeling dominant and wanting to mark their territory. Both male and female dogs will mark, even if they’ve been fixed. Your dog pees on the deck to warn other people and animals to stay away because they feel that they are in charge and it is their sole responsibility to protect the home and everyone inside.
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If your dog pees on your deck and leaves large amounts of urine while doing so, then they are feeling anxious in addition to their dominance. They get stressed out and worried, particularly when you’re gone. This worry makes it hard for them to control their bladder, so when they go to mark their territory they won’t be able to control the amount they leave.
You’ll want to get a handle on things right away because allowing your dog to continue feeling dominant (and possibly anxious) will lead to further behavioral and marking problems. You’ll find your dog getting aggressive with other dogs. Your dog will be peeing on your laminate flooring, peeing on your kitchen floor, peeing in the car… basically anywhere is a potential target.
For obvious reasons, you don’t want any of these things happening. More importantly, though, is that your dog is suffering through all of this, so it should be even more of a priority for you. To stop your dog peeing on the deck and help them through their other issues as well, go back to the first section now.
Will Dog Pee Ruin a Deck?
Dog pee will ruin a deck, both in terms of damaging your deck and also your ability to enjoy it. Dog pee damages both wood decking and composite decking because it gets absorbed causing the material to rot. The smell also becomes saturated and difficult to get rid of, so it’s important to clean up your dog pee’s on the deck as soon as it’s noticed.
What Scent Repels Dogs From Peeing on Wood Decks?
Vinegar is a scent that repels dogs from peeing on wood decks. You can create a mixture of 1 part distilled white vinegar to 1 part water, and this will be safe for both wood decking and composite decking. It will also not harm the stain, while having the added benefits of removing dirt and grease. Apply it to where your dog pees on the deck using a spray bottle, or you can mop the entire area.
Wait about an hour for everything to dry, and the smell of vinegar should be gone. Your dog, however, will continue to be able to detect the scent and should no longer want to pee there. You’ll still, though, need to address why your dog was peeing on your deck to begin with (dominance and possibly anxiety). Continue to the next section for more on that.
I’m sure you’re sick of your deck smelling like dog pee, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Peeing on Deck? Here’s How to Stop It!.”