How to Stop Dog Peeing in Same Spot in House
It’s just so frustrating! Your dog is peeing in the same spot in the house over and over and over! What does this mean? Why does your dog keep peeing in the same place in your house? What can you use to stop your dog from peeing in the same spot? And why does your dog pee in the same spot as your other dog? Does that mean anything different?
Today, we’re going to answer every question you have about this aggravating problem your dog is having. And we’ll obviously cover what you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog from peeing in the same spot in the house! Soon, you won’t have to worry about this ever again. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing in Same Spot in House!”
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Why Does My Dog Keep Peeing in the Same Place in My House?
Your dog keeps peeing in the same place in your house because their dried urine contains an enzyme that acts as an attractant. They are likely feeling stressed, and marking in this same spot over and over helps to calm them and make them feel better.
Simply soaking up the urine and doing a basic cleaning will not be enough to remove the scent for your dog. They have significantly better senses of smell than we do, so even after you’ve cleaned the pee spot to the point that you can no longer sense it, your dog can still easily tell the location.
But remember that your dog is doing this out of stress, oftentimes that is rooted in separation anxiety. You need to address their problem at its deepest level, and not just merely treat the symptoms, or you’re only going to allow your dog to continue suffering. Their issue will also continue to show itself, it will just now be in different ways.
You’ll likely see your dog doing other similar misbehaviors. You’ll find your dog is peeing on curtains, running and peeing upstairs, going out and peeing on the balcony, peeing on your furniture — practically any spot will do for them.
Obviously, you don’t want to keep dealing with your dog’s pee spots, and you want them to feel relaxed and calm. To stop your dog from peeing in the same spot in your house by getting to the root of the problem (and, yes, also making them not want to urinate in that specific spot either), skip to the last section now.
What Can I Use to Stop My Dog From Peeing in the Same Spot?
You can use a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar to stop your dog from peeing in the same spot. Make the mixture in a spray bottle, and then apply it where your dog likes to pee in the house. The smell will go away once it’s dried in about an hour, but your dog will continue to be able to detect the scent and won’t want to pee there anymore.
This alone should deter your dog from peeing in that spot, but if there’s still a urine smell remaining from all the times your dog peed there, then you should sprinkle some baking soda while it’s still damp from the vinegar mixture. Allow it a while to set in overnight, then vacuum it up in the morning.
The vinegar mixture is safe for nearly all surfaces including carpet, wood, composite, laminate, leather, and tile. If you use it on a piece of leather furniture, make sure to use a leather conditioner afterward, as it can dry it out a bit.
Why Does My Dog Pee in the Same Spot as My Other Dog?
Your dog pees in the same spot as your other dog as a way of enforcing social power. Dogs will view everything in the home as a pack, with a hierarchy establishing ranking within that pack. Your dog pees over your other dog’s pee spot to show that they are dominant over your other dog.
It’s important to address your dog’s feelings of dominance if you’ve noticed this behavior as it could soon lead to aggression. And while its ultimate root cause is different than if your dog is peeing in the same spot in the house due to stress, they’ll still be treated the same way. Continue to the next section to learn what to do.
How to Stop Dog Peeing in the Same Spot in the House
To stop dog peeing in the same spot in the house, if you catch them in the act, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” and take them outside to finish. Do not yell, clap, or get angry, as many dogs are doing this out of stress and that reaction will only make their problem worse.
You should then begin taking your dog outside on their leash whenever they need to pee (learn their schedule as best you’re able) along with some treats. Be patient and wait for them to go, and then reward them with praise and treats when they do. The positive reinforcement will help their confidence and make it desirable for them to go outside.
Next, you need to cover up the spot where your dog keeps peeing. Your dog’s urine contains enzymes that are attracting them to go in the same spot in the house repeatedly. Make a 50/50 mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then apply it to the area. The vinegar smell will be gone in an hour or so, but your dog will still detect it and be deterred.
If a urine smell remains due to your dog peeing there so much, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot while it’s still damp from the vinegar mixture. Allow it to set in and dry overnight, then vacuum it up in the morning. Your dog will still be deterred from the vinegar, and the urine smell should now be gone too.
But remember that your dog is peeing in the same spot in the home due to stress (or dominance, if they’re covering up another dog’s spot), so you’ll still need to address that right away. Allowing either stress or dominance to continue in your house will lead to more behavioral problems, and your dog will keep suffering.
But in either case (dominance or stress), they will be treated in the same manner. And to do that, we should first quickly 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 in the same spot in the house, they are clearly showing that they have no trust for you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t feel stressed, or the need to prove dominance over your other dog. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of stress or dominance-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.
You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the anxiety and confusion that comes with living with stress or dominance issues, which are currently weighing on them every single hour of every single day.
Sounds like a great thing then, right?
“Yes, of course, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains everything in ways that are very easy to understand 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 get any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to 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.
I’m sure you’re ready to come home to a house that doesn’t smell like urine anymore, so I’ll let you begin now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Peeing in Same Spot in House.”