Adult Dog Peeing in the House

My daughter has a 9 year old Shih Tzu. He pees in the house often. She has tried everything. Now they have a baby in the crawling stage and the ammonia in the pee is worrisome.


Please advise. Thanks.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

First of all, this animal really needs to be crated, most likely. You may have to go back to crate training him, or else make a point of training her to not do it.

Has he always bene like this? He sounds awful old to still be peeing. Was he just not properly trained? Unless something happened in your home to make him upset, or unless he's sudeenly ill (vet would check for that) most likely what happened is one day he just did it, it seemed easier, and the habit stuck.

The thing to do would be to catch him in the act, and with a firm but gentle voice startle him out of it (such as by saying NO!) and then quickly take him to the pad where you want him to go.


When he successfully completes the pee, give him praise and a treat.

Second of all, you have to get rid of the smell and the pee.

Enzymatic cleaners are really the only thing that will get rid of that smell. These cleaners use enzymes to break up the organic matter that causes the smell. "They work quickly by bio-degrading the stain, grease, oil, dirt, grime, vomit, urine, blood, coffee or food into its basic carbon, hydrogen or oxygen element, eliminating the problem. "

You can buy one here

or, if you have brown sugar, citrus peels and a lot of time on your hands, you can make your own:

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

If I had a baby in the house, I would diaper the dog. The parents have enough to do without constantly cleaning up after a dog. 9 years old is elderly for small breeds.

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