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Dr Cam will coach you on the solutions for house soiling dogs

dog house-training solutions

Do you have a 'wee' problem with your dog or maybe  your pooch is soiling its reputation with you by making a mess around the house. If your dog is doing doo-doos or whoopsies in areas where it shouldn't then the information in this Pet Pick is worth its weight in dog biscuits.

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Science-based techniques to relieve house-soiling

  1. Ablution Solutions
  2. A Wee Problem with Pups
  3. Talking Scents
  4. The Alarming Technique to Solve Soiling
  5. Astro Turf Toilet Training
  6. Waste Away - Disposing of Your Pets’ Droppings
  7. Anal Gland Diseases
  8. Oh Yuk
  9. Dog laws (faeces)
  10. How to get good behaviour from dogs - introduction
  11. Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
  12. Chronic Renal Diseases in Dogs and Cats
  13. Caring for your Old Mate
  14. Tummy Turmoil
  15. Pheromone Pet Pick
  16. Separation Anxiety Pet Pick
  17. Brain Strain in Old Dogs as a Cause of Soiling

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Behaviour / Dog Behaviour Solutions / Dog house soiling remedies / Ablution solutions - page 1

Ablution Solutions

A dog that messes in the house is really soiling its reputation. Nevertheless, if your mind is muddling over the puddling, lamenting over the excrementing or paining over the staining, don't fret - there are solutions to these ablutions!

Is your dog Ill?

veterinarian_giving_a_dog_an_exam-smlHouse soiling can be a sign of disease and illness.

Sometimes a bout of diarrhoea, the onset of diabetes, or a bladder or kidney infection can cause an urgent need to void.  When the need strikes, there may not be time for your pet to get outside. A mess in the house is often the accidental consequence.

Aged animals that suffer arthritis will often take to soiling inside because their creaky old bones make it too difficult for them to travel outside. Even the canine or feline equivalent of Alzheimer's Disease can cause house-soiling.

A visit to your veterinarian will sort out these problems, and once the medical side of the condition is solved, the soiling usually disappears.

Are There Barriers to Getting Outside?

House-soiling often occurs when a dog cannot get outside to go to the toilet. Being able to get outside easily is particularly important when young puppies are learning their toilet training manners.

Small puppies find that tall stairs are a difficult obstacle to manage, and rather than battle the stairs, many will find it is so much more convenient to soil Sad_dog_Waiting_smlin a convenient location inside the house.  This is one of the many reasons why lap dogs such as small terriers, Poodles and Chihuahuas are the breeds that most commonly exhibit house-soiling

If the door to the outside is always closed, a puppy, or even an adult dog, may eventually succumb to the easier option of soiling inside. While dogs are usually quite good as signalling they need to go out, if you miss their signal too often, house-soiling is a common consequence. This is why so many dogs soil inside overnight.

A dog door will help, but make sure the door is propped open after it is first installed so that the dog learns to use it without difficulty.

Another barrier to developing proper toilet manners is that small dogs hate getting their feet, and even their derriere, wet.  Moist, cold grass, especially if it is a bit too long, is a most unpleasant sensation for little dogs and, while they may have every intention of using the lawn as a toilet, the wet grass in private places makes it too unpleasant.

Contents of next page (membership required)

1. Are you making the problem worse?
2. Preparing a toilet spot
3. How to protect the soiled areas
4. Toilet training



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