Dog Peeing in the House

February 28, 2018

I have a 2 year old Pit that I got from the shelter and she will not stop going to the bathroom in my house, no matter how much I take her outside. I have rubbed her nose in it and told her no! I have tried giving her a treat and praising when she goes outside only to have her come right back in and go again in my floor.


Help me please!


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Normally a rescue dog is abused and lives in very dirty conditions. That is one reason the dog is pooping and peeing in your home. The second reason could be is the dog is marking his/her territory. I think it would be a good idea to have the dog fixed if it hasn't been done yet. Normally, they will fix dogs now before they adopt them out.

You are going to have to get a kennel for your dog I am afraid. You might need to keep the dog in the kennel when in your home. This doesn't need to be a permanent situation, but a temporary one until the dog learns to stop doing this.


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You are doing the wrong thing when your dog wets in the house. That sends the wrong message, and confuses her even more. What you want is for her to understand what she needs to do. When you "rub her nose in it" she most likely has no idea what you want from her. Unless you catch an animal within 10 seconds of making a mistake, they do not connect the act with your reaction. They just get more confused and frightened. A frightened dog is not thinking or learning, she is just reacting.


If you catch your dog within that 10 second window, say no in a firm, low but not angry voice. Then take her outside immediately. Stay relaxed and speak pleasantly. Praise her if she does the right thing. It does sound like she needs proper training from the beginning. There are many ways to do this, most of them described on this site. Do a search and good luck to you.


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Maybe sitting outside with your dog for awhile different times of the day (if you can, meaning time permitting) and have some "treats" with you - that way each time she goes potty after sniffing around and she gets more familiar with everything outside, you can show her those that every time she goes, she gets a treat. She'll put it together sooner or later, but, in the meantime, maybe watch some Utube video's on dog training (I'm sure they've got some) and that will help you help her better so she'll be a great companion to you forever.


She does need extra extra patience now because she's in a new place, new people, new smells, new everything, and only patience can help her go forward in not remembering her past. I sure wish you luck, and you really will have a great buddy there when her trauma of her past fades.

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October 18, 2021

My dog is 14. Five years ago, she tore both her hocks one at a time. She is now peeing on everything in the house, even herself when she is laying down. She does it inside and out. She also has a very hard time getting up. I brought her to the vet and all she did is give me Gabapentin. She said it's for her arthritis. She is also now having bowel movements in the house. All she does is sleep 90% of the time or just stares into space.

She always faces away from me. (My husband passed in March and she always clung to him). I am wondering if she is in pain? Is it time for her to go? I asked the vet and no response. She used to play with the other dog even if it was just a couple of minutes but hasn't done that in a while. Any ideas would help.A small dog lying on the floor.


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First, my condolences for the loss of your husband.

A decision to euthanize a pet is indeed so difficult. I'm offering my thoughts from experience and a place of empathy only; I'm not a vet or a professional in that community.


One way to look at this is preventing further distress and pain to your dog; at age 14, and with these symptoms, recovery to a good quality of life (bowel control, exercise, enjoyment) appears unlikely. It is rare for dogs to "pass on quietly in their sleep", so my belief is that it's our obligation to help noble companions over the Rainbow Bridge.

Wishing you light and love.


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It's expected for old dogs to move a little slower as they age. At this stage, it is normal for your dog to spend more time sleeping and to respond more slowly when roused. Report excessive sluggishness or sleepiness to your veterinarian, as some illnesses can cause these signs.


Don't be surprised if your dog starts to have accidents in the house. Your veterinarian can help you determine if such events are the result of a medical condition. Your dog should have a warm, well-cushioned place to sleep. There are beds available that are designed especially for older dogs with orthopedic problems, and there are even pads and diapers to help with incontinence.

Another cause of behavior changes can be pain, which can make your dog more reclusive or aggressive. Other common signs of pain include excessive panting, reluctance to move and suddenly being picky about food. Consult your veterinarian. Even if she can't cure the underlying cause of the pain, there are many ways to make your dog more comfortable.

Check with your veterinarian about your dog's diet. In addition to being less active, many dogs at this age begin to develop digestive issues, kidney problems and other conditions that can benefit from diet modification. Only your veterinarian can accurately assess your dog's needs.


As your dog ages, take her to the veterinarian at least twice a year for a complete geriatric workup.

Go easy on your elderly dog. Continue to play with her to stimulate her, and review routine expectations and commands. Don't take it personally if she seems unresponsive. She may be developing physical or cognitive difficulties that make it harder for her to remember commands or even places and appropriate behavior. Be gentle with her.

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December 4, 2017

My 4 year old Shihpoo is peeing all over the floor. We let her out regularly and try to keep her busy and exercised. She will pee when we are home and when we are out. I don't know what to do anymore. We have bought a crate and have been using it a bit, but my dog is so anxious that she just digs and pants while in there for hours on end.

Please help.


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Always start by taking to the vet. You need to rule out a UTI or bladder infection. Also tell the vet that she is anxious. It may be a nervous disorder and he may need to prescribe her something to calm her down. Even though you take her out regularly, try taking her out more often.


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Maybe the dog has a urinary problem that is causing her to do this. By the time she is 4 years old, she should be able to go several hours without having to pee. I would suggest having a vet look at her and make sure she doesn't have any type of urine infection.

As for the peeing all the time in the home, you'll need to let her out every hour on the hour and make sure you stay with her and she pees outside. You can also try confining her to a smaller area of your home and make sure it has tile so it is easy to clean.

Your dog wasn't raised in a crate and this will be hard on her. They get very nervous when they are confined to a small crate. If you put her in this crate, make sure you do this the right way. If you force her in she will be scared and not want to go near the crate. A lot of people use treats to bribe the dog to go inside the crate.

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January 20, 2019

We just adopted a 3 and 1/2 year old Pit Bull from a shelter. He was abused, but he's very sweet. My problem is he was an outside dog and now he keeps peeing in the house with many potty breaks.

He never poops, just pee. How to I get him to stop?

Rescue Pit Bull Peeing Inside - brown and white Pit being held


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January 21, 20191 found this helpful

You need to put him on a strict feeding and walking schedule. Praise him when he goes outside and dont punish him for accidents.

Make sure you use an enzyme based cleaner to clean the places he has marked or else he will keep going back to the same spot


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January 21, 20190 found this helpful

Have you had the vet check him out? Being an outside dog, the poor thing could have a health condition going on that is contributing to this. Once the pup gets a clean bill of health, work with your vet to develop a good crate training regime. Prayers for all!! Sweet face on your pup!! Wishing you a lovely life together!

January 21, 20190 found this helpful

Your pup is adorable!
I would begin to by getting a wire crate, I like the large ones. In this crate would be where he eats and gets treats and stays between exercise and potty breaks.
I would not give him run of the house, since he is not ready for that kind of freedom.
Here is an article I like to go by when house training a new dog:

I hope this helps. Enjoy your sweet new friend:)

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November 29, 2010

My new APBT is 10 months old and has been in many homes. I am having some problems with her doing pee pee a lot even though I take her out a lot. Stress maybe?

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She may have some insecurity and marking with urine is a way of making her surroundings feel familar. Are you getting all the old urine odor removed as this is an invitation to remark. I rescued a insecure male a year ago and we are still working on the marking issue. Two things I have used and were recommended on a dog internet site, were not to let the dog have free run of the house, so crating when unsupervised. Also you can buy doggie underpants (or make them from fabric and Velcro) which helps when they sneak away from you. Our guy knows not to do it when we are looking :). Best of luck and let us know if anything works. Time and feeling more secure may help too.

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February 10, 2019

I have a four-year-old male blue Staff. And lately, probably for the back past eight months, I am struggling with the times I have to clean up around my house even though he has a dog flap where he can go in and out at will. My family and I are really coming to the end of our tether. As soon as you spot what he has done, he will go back in his bed and put his head against the wall. So he obviously knows it is wrong.

Help please.


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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

Make sure he gets a clean bill of health from the vet. There may be a reason he cant hold his waste.


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February 13, 20190 found this helpful

There are so many reasons this behavior happens. First you need to have him checked by a Vet. Behavioral problems can be part of it too. That can be complex and more difficult to tease out. More information about his living situation would help too. He may be afraid of something outside, or he may have become afraid of the door flap. Stress in the household can trigger this behavior. But your best bet will be to start with your Vet. He knows the right questions to ask. Good luck to you.

February 24, 20190 found this helpful


I would restart potty training again, and take him out every so often. I would also throw treats outside, so he gets the idea that t here are great items outside. I would not feed him treats in the house.
In addition, make sure you are not leaving kibble out all the time, this makes his system never rest from having to digest food and go to the bathroom. Try feeding a grain-free food, that does not have corn in it. Corn produces lots of stool.

Don't forget to take the water up around 2 hours before you go to bed. This will help him be able to potty train more successfully.

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