Accidents in the House

Inappropriate bathroom habits are a common problem that can effect dogs of any age. However it is  most commonly seen in young puppies who haven’t learned that when it’s time to go– they need to ask to go out! If you have a new puppy, we recommend coming to Puppy Club, our drop-in style class that covers many puppy topics, including housetraining. This class is for dogs under 6 months of age, and you can find out more information here!

If, on the other hand, this is a new development in a previously housetrained adult dog, it’s important to rule out a medical reason for the accidents – a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, diabetes or kidney issues could be leading to more frequent urges to go. Make an appointment with your vet first and make sure that there’s nothing physically wrong. Once your dog has a clean bill of health, it’s time to give us a call – we have options for you!

For adult dogs, private lessons may be the best place to start in helping to end in-home urination and/or defecation. In our private lessons, we work on your specific training goals. Our lessons can meet in your home and on a flexible schedule. Contact us about a private lesson.

If your dog is only having accidents in your house when he’s home alone, or having accidents in his crate, this may be an indication of separation anxiety. We would love to talk with you more if this is the case, including possibly scheduling a behavior consultation.

It can be frustrating when your pet has accidents in the house, but we are here to help!