You’ve probably seen a dog or two peeing on the floor, but have you ever wondered why?
And if so, how do you stop them from doing it?
Dogs Pee For Many Reasons
Dogs are social animals and they need to communicate with other dogs to maintain a peaceful co-existence.
When a dog sees another dog, they will often greet each other by sniffing, licking, and even peeing on one another.
This is known as marking.
There are many reasons that dogs pee on things, including marking their territory, marking their bed, marking their favorite toys, marking an area where they feel safe, marking areas of interest, and marking an enemy.
Dogs Mark Their Territory With Urination
When a dog marks, he is trying to establish ownership over a certain space or object.
The most common reason for this behavior is marking his own territory.
A dog will mark any place that he feels belongs to him, whether it’s a yard, a room, or even a house.
If you notice that your dog has been peeing on something, then chances are that they believe that they own that thing.
If you’re wondering what it means when a dog pees on your couch, then I can tell you that it’s usually not good news.
It could mean that she thinks that your couch is her personal toilet or that she wants to keep you away from her food bowl.
Either way, you should know that you’re likely going to have to get rid of the offending item.
To avoid this problem, try introducing a new item into your household.
Maybe you can bring in a new cat toy or start feeding your dog a different type of treat than the ones that she is used to eating.
She might also associate the new item with you and not want to use it anymore.
Another reason that dogs pee on things is because they don’t like the smell of the item.
They might have found a new chew toy that smells bad to them, or they might think that the blanket that you bought for them smells funny.
To avoid these situations, make sure that you wash all of your items before putting them down.
Also, always clean up after your dog whenever you see them peeing on things.
Dogs Pee On Their Bed To Show Affection
Many owners of dogs report that their pets sometimes pee on their beds.
Sometimes it’s just one spot, while other times it covers the entire surface.
You might wonder why a dog would choose to pee on his bed instead of using the bathroom.
There are actually several reasons that a dog might choose to pee on his bed instead of using the bathroom.
The first reason is that your dog might be sick.
He might have developed a urinary tract infection or some other medical condition that requires him to stay close to his bed.
Since he’s already feeling ill, he might find himself more comfortable sleeping near his bed than lying in the middle of the floor.
Another reason that your dog might choose to sleep on his bed is that he likes to cuddle up with you and take naps together.
If you happen to spend a lot of time on the couch watching TV, then your dog might prefer to lie next to you rather than go outside to the backyard.
So, if you see your dog sleeping on his bed, then he probably prefers to snuggle up with you instead of taking a nap somewhere else.
Dogs Pee On Their Toys To Claim Them As Their Own
Some dogs pee on their toys because they think that those toys belong to them.
If you give your dog a new toy, then it might seem weird at first for him to pee on it, especially since he’s never done that before.
However, if you watch closely enough, you’ll see that your dog will frequently pee on his favorite toys.
This is a sign that he considers those toys his property.
Also, if you notice that your dog is peeing on anything other than his bed, then it’s a pretty good indication that he thinks that it belongs to him.
He might even pee on your shoes if you walk through his territory without permission.
Dogs Pee On An Enemy Or Something That Threatens Them
Sometimes a dog will pee on an object that he perceives as a threat to him.
If you notice that your dog is peeing on your car keys, then there’s a chance that he thinks that you’re about to attack him with those keys.
You should definitely take this seriously.
Dogs who feel threatened will often pee on their owner or their pet.
In extreme cases, they will even attack their owner with their urine.
It’s important to note that this behavior is only exhibited when a dog feels threatened.
If you take away his food bowl, then he won’t pee on it.
He will simply move to another location until you give him back his bowl again.
Dogs Pee On Anything That Interests Them
A few years ago, I was visiting my parents’ house and noticed that my father’s dog was peeing on his chair.
I asked him why he was peeing on the chair and he said that he was peeing on it because he wanted to sit on it.
I thought that this was strange because I didn’t remember my dad sitting on that chair.
Later that day, I went out to the garage and saw that my dad had put a small plastic container under the chair.
My dad told me that he was peeing on the chair because he liked to sit on it.
But why did he like to sit on it?
Well, apparently, he liked to sit on the chair because it looked like a miniature golf course.
Apparently, my dad believed that the chair was a miniature golf course.
This scenario is similar to the situation that we were discussing earlier in which a dog peed on a toy that he perceived as a threat.
Although my dad’s dog wasn’t peeing on his chair because he thought that he was about to be attacked, he still perceived the chair as a threat to him.
He therefore chose to pee on it because he liked the way it looked.
They Might Pee On Your Things Because They Smell Like You
If you own a dog, then you know that they are very particular about their smells.
If you’re lucky enough to live with a dog and you get along well with him, then he might even let you cuddle up next to him.
But what happens when he pees on your favorite blanket, pillow, or cushion?
Why does this happen?
Are there any possible reasons behind it?
First of all, dogs mark their territory by urinating on things.
The reason for this is simple: It’s a way to show others who lives where.
This also helps them to keep track of their property.
So, when a dog wants to visit another dog’s house, he’ll want to make sure that he has permission to do so.
He’ll want to verify that there aren’t other dogs living there too.
The best way to avoid this problem is to not allow your dog to go outside.
If you don’t mind putting up with a little inconvenience, you can buy an indoor dog door.
But if you’d rather not deal with that hassle, then you should try these tips to help prevent your dog from peeing on things.
Dogs Might Pee On Things That Smell Like Their Food
The first thing to know is that dogs are extremely sensitive smellers and they use this sense to find food, water, and other important resources.
The second thing to know is that they also use this sense to mark their territory.
When a dog marks its territory, he does so by urinating on things.
This could be anything from rocks, bushes, trees, grass, walls, furniture, or even people!
He does not discriminate when marking his territory.
If there’s something he likes, he’ll use it as a toilet.
It doesn’t matter whether it smells good or bad, he will still pee on it.
This behavior is called urine spraying.
To understand what causes it, let’s look at some of the basic reasons for this behavior.
If your dog has been fed on an unfamiliar diet, she might spray on things to make sure she can recognize her own food.
She might spray when she feels threatened.
It’s just plain old boredom.
It’s part of their territorial marking.
She needs to mark her territory because she wants to keep others out of it.
In order to prevent your dog from peeing on things like blankets, pillows, towels, etc., you need to train him to avoid using these items as his “toilet.”
But before we get into training, let’s take a look at some ways to stop your dog from peeing on things.
Dogs Might Pee On Things In Your House Because They’re Bored
It’s not uncommon for dogs to relieve themselves when they’re bored or anxious.
This is especially true of puppies and young dogs.
But what about older dogs?
Why would a senior dog still want to pee on things?
Well, it seems that many dogs will do just about anything to relieve themselves — even if it means going into areas where they don’t belong.
This behavior can be very frustrating for pet owners who are trying to keep their house clean and free of urine stains.
But there’s good news!
You can train your dog (or puppy) to relieve himself only in designated areas, which means less frequent bathroom trips for both you and your pet.
So how does this work?
Dogs Might Pee On Things Because They’re Anxious
The answer is simple. Dogs are dogs and they need something to do.
For most of us, that means getting up and going somewhere else.
But for a dog, this means marking their territory.
A dog will usually use urine as a territorial marker because it’s not easy to get rid of.
Unlike humans who can just wipe away a drop of liquid, a dog must eliminate their urine onto solid ground.
The easiest way to do this is to pee on something.
This behavior has been observed since ancient times.
Even Aristotle wrote about the practice in his book “Historia Animalium”.
He noted that dogs would urinate on anything they owned, including people.
“If a dog should happen to piss against a man he should be punished with stripes.” – Aristotle
Although we might think of this behavior as annoying, it actually serves an important purpose.
A dog will use any object as a territorial marker.
This helps him to identify his property and protect it from other animals.
It also protects his food from being stolen.
So when your dog uses your favorite blanket as a toilet, it’s actually helping them to live better lives.
It’s simply a case of one animal protecting its own space.
However, there are some reasons why they might do it.
How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing On Things
The first thing you should know is that dogs can’t control where they pee.
“Some dogs will pee on anything,” says Dr. Janice Kephart, DVM, a veterinarian with Animal Hospital of Tampa Bay and an expert on pet behavior.
“It could be anywhere, including furniture, carpets, walls, or other pets.”
Poo-markers are not just a problem for humans, though.
It’s also an issue for cats, who often find themselves peeing on carpeted floors after playing with their litter box.
If you’re worried about this happening at home, here are some tips to help prevent it.
The most common reason for dogs peeing on everything is anxiety.
“If your dog is anxious and nervous, he might pee on any object as a way to relieve stress,” explains Dr. Kephart.
She recommends keeping your dog calm whenever possible, which can be difficult when he’s anxious.
You might want to give him something to chew on, such as a Kong toy.
Another reason your dog might pee on things is because he doesn’t recognize the area as part of his home.
“He might think it’s another room or another house, and he’ll try to go there,” says Dr. Kephart.
That means your dog might even pee on your bed sheets!
To avoid this scenario, make sure your dog knows the boundaries of your home before you bring him inside.
This can be done by introducing your dog to different rooms in your home, and then letting him explore each one on his own.
Finally, many times, dogs pee on things simply because they don’t understand what they’re doing.
“They’ve never been taught to use a litter box, so they figure out what to do on their own,” says Dr. Kephart.
In this case, she suggests giving your dog a treat for using the right spot, like a special place near the door.
“Most dogs will get the idea quickly,” she adds.
To keep your dog from peeing on things, Dr. Kephart recommends these steps:
Keep treats handy to reward your dog when he uses the correct spot.
Teach your dog to use a litter box by setting up a training video and putting a few drops of food in the box every time he goes there.
Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, as well as toys and bones to chew on while indoors.
Try to spend more time around people and less time alone (especially if you have multiple dogs).