When a puppy urinates in his basket, it is generally a matter of education. Indeed, when he arrives in his new home, the puppy is still too young to know how to fully restrain himself and be clean, small accidents can happen.
My puppy is not clean, what can I do? How can I prevent my puppy from urinating in his basket? How can I teach my puppy to be clean? Toilet training is an integral part of your puppy’s education to prevent him from defiling the whole house. Here’s how to teach a puppy to be housebroken.
Why is my puppy urinating in his basket?
There are several reasons for this unfortunate problem. Generally, it happens when the puppy is not yet completely clean. When they are still with their mother, puppies will defecate within the nest which will be quickly cleaned by their mother. The toilet training is done until weaning and must continue in the new home and it can happen that this kind of accident can happen, as a young puppy is not able to restrain himself.
Teaching a puppy to be housebroken can take more or less time depending on the puppy and the way the training is done. Indeed, many novice owners make the mistake of using intimidation or even violence to educate their puppy, it is a serious mistake that has the consequence of harming his education. We will see in this article the keys to teaching your puppy to be clean.
It also happens that a clean puppy urinates in his basket or on his blanket in the absence of his owners. In this case, it is not a problem of cleanliness but bad management of loneliness and the solutions are very different. To remedy this, you will have to work with the puppy to teach him how to stay alone and how to bear your absence.
Teaching your puppy to be clean: the steps for an effective education
Training your puppy to be clean is not based on repeated punishment but on learning based on natural instinct and the puppy’s needs. It should not be forgotten that at 2 months of age, a puppy is only able to hold on for 2 hours, so it is completely normal that he will find himself having to relieve himself in the house if no one is there to take him out.
In order for the puppy to learn that he must relieve himself outside and not inside, he must first be congratulated every time he relieves himself during walks. When your puppy defecates indoors, just clean without worrying about the puppy. Positive reinforcement involves rewarding good actions and ignoring bad ones so that your puppy will only do the right things.
Some professionals recommend installing a toilet area to allow the puppy to relieve himself in your absence. This method is widely criticized for misleading the puppy: on the one hand, it forbids him to relieve himself at home, but on the other hand, it allows him to relieve himself in a specific area. It would also tend to motivate him to urinate on the blankets or in his basket.
It is only from 6 to 7 months that a puppy becomes capable of restraining himself. If yours is still young, don’t despair of seeing him become clean, but continue to apply our advice.
My puppy urinates on his basket while I’m away
Many owners encounter this problem: their puppy has become clean but continues to urinate on his basket in their absence or during their absence. The fear of loneliness and the absence of his owners causes anxiety which is usually the reason why he does this. To remedy this, he will have to be taught to stay alone.
This learning must be done little by little, first by being away for only a few minutes and then by increasing the duration. Start simply by pretending to leave without worrying about the puppy, the departure should be done without any prior sign (for example the sound of keys, filling the bowl, or cuddling). The puppy must learn to detach himself from his master and creating a “ritual” of departure can become very stressful for him. It is best to completely ignore the puppy for 10 to 15 minutes before you leave.
Once out, stay outside for a few minutes and then come back in. Repeat this regularly, increasing the duration of your absence to get him used to it little by little until a real absence.
At the same time, it is of course, important to give him/her something to take care of in your absence: toys, bones to gnaw on, etc. By learning to take care of himself and to detach himself from you, your puppy will no longer feel anxious about your departure and will no longer suffer from being alone. Not only will he stop urinating in his basket, but he will live with more serenity.
If your puppy continues to urinate in his basket, despite good toilet training and loneliness management, a visit to a canine behaviorist can become a third interesting option. Do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian.