Just when you thought you had successfully house trained your dog, guess what? They start peeing all over your living room… AGAIN. You’ve tried every tip and trick you could find, and yet, the problem persists. You feel like you’re starting from square one, and have no idea where to begin.
Listen, I get it. I know just how aggravating it can be.
But what if I told you there were three simple steps you could take to erase this problem, forever? Does that sound appealing? I thought so.
A recent client of mine had this exact same problem with their dog, saying,
“We knew we already had him house trained, but now he’s marking inside!”
Another owner said it was because of their poor house breaking habits and they now see themselves being stuck with a grown dog that is marking in their home.
Thankfully, no one has to be stuck in this smelly situation any longer. But if it has nothing to do with house training, then what’s the missing link?
Hint: It’s All About Structure
Often our dogs may feel insecure and stressed when we don’t implement a foundation of structure or expectations for them to follow. In time, an insecure dog can start marking inside just to feel more secure. And nobody wants that, especially you.
There are three keys to removing such stress, maintaining a happy dog and keeping your home smelling fresh and clean. They are:
- DON’T reinforce insecurities and neediness with free affection (i.e., petting, treats, etc). This will only strengthen the negative traits you’re trying to avoid and make it harder to develop the ones you want. Instead, build confidence through constant training. Have them sit for everything, especially love and affection, and make it so they EARN the attention they seek.
- Even after such affection has been given, it should only be done in moderate doses. The last thing you want is for your dog to get too attached and not complete the training.
- Make sure that everyone in your household, including children of appropriate age, are all on the same page. Not knowing what to do, when to do it and who to look to for assistance can begin to fortify those insecurities, unwinding all the work you just did.
That’s it! Remember to be patient and give the process time, between three to six weeks.
Your Next 3 Steps
- Step 1: Put these practices to the test right away. Remember to avoid reinforcing your dog’s insecure behaviors, and only reward them once they have achieved a certain goal.
- Step 2: Make sure everyone at home is aware of where your dog is at in their training. You don’t want someone rewarding them for a negative behavior and unwinding all your effort.
- Step 3: Still feel lost? Perhaps you want to dive deeper and find out why exactly your dog has been soiling the carpet? No problem. In my on-demand video coaching course, Dog Pees in the House – How to Fix It, I’ll breakdown why your dog is peeing inside, show you exactly HOW to fix the problem, and even provide you with a comprehensive (and easy) Check Sheet that you can download to help keep you on track.