Is this scene familiar right now? You have an adorable, characterful new Dachshund puppy at home. They are affectionate and keen to make friends but just can’t seem to control their bladder. Or, maybe they are all grown up and still manage to have accidents or urinate indoors? What is going on here and what can you do to stop it?
Excessive urination isn’t necessarily a problem with poor housebreaking training. While effective training with schedules and routines is a must, you also need to look at underlying issues. Is there a behavioral reason for this frequent urination, such as anxiety, excitement, or marking? Or, is there a physical reason related to health conditions or their age? Once you pinpoint the root cause, it should be easier to find a solution.
What are some of the possible behavioral reasons for dachshunds peeing so much?
A Dachshund’s emotions and fears can get the better of them and this can lead to them peeing in the house for several reasons. You may have to deal with the following:
1) Separation anxiety.
Anxiety can lead to increased urination and one of the most common triggers is separation anxiety, where dogs are fearful when left alone too long. Be prepared to deal with this sort of mess with stressed puppies, especially those struggling with housebreaking training.
2) Urine marking.
Marking main making their territory. It can act as a way for dogs to feel more comfortable in their surroundings. In the wild, animal’s urine marks warn others not to enter the area. Rescues and strays may do this out of habit.
3) Submissive urination.
This is where dogs pee when they are fearful of a trigger. This is often another person that they are uncomfortable with. They submit, which can result in urination. This is more common in puppies and in animals that deal with negative reinforcement or past trauma.
On the other end of the scale, you will find that some puppies will pee when they are happy and excited to see someone that they love. This can be annoying as they also tend to move around as they urinate and can spray on people and furniture.
Why does my dachshund puppy pee when excited?
This form of urination is an instinctual response to a trigger. Excitement peeing is also related to submissive peeing as they have similar origins. Dogs that are lower in the pack than the alphas will show obvious submissive behavior when greeting those in charge. Therefore, puppies may urinate when excited to see their caregiver return. Furthermore, puppies have weaker bladder control, which increases the likelihood of this happening.
Do dogs grow out of excited peeing?
Yes. The good news here is that your dog will grow out of this issue as they get more comfortable with the pack and more in control of their bladder. Improved potty training will also remind them that urination in the house won’t be tolerated and they should restrain from showing that sort of response.
What are some of the physical problems that can cause this excessive peeing?
Alternatively, you may find that the issue is medical, especially when dealing with a housebroken older dog. If they seem to revert to old habits of peeing a lot, consider the following.
1) Gastrointestinal upset.
Problems with the digestive system can cause pain and discomfort around the area of the bladder. The excess pressure from gas or constipation could trigger more frequent urination.
2) Complications caused by a change in diet.
Dietary changes can make a big difference to a dog’s health, especially if there is any new ingredient or increased water content that may promote urination.
3) A urinary tract infection.
Infections in the urinary tract may have an impact on the ability to urinate and lead to increased urination as the body tries to pass the problem and clean out the system.
4) Pain or discomfort from recent spaying or neutering.
Neutering or spaying a pet can lead to further medical complications for a short time. Dogs that are in pain may hold their urine until they can’t anymore and express themselves in the home. There is also the risk of hormone-responsive incontinence.
5) Incontinence due to old age.
Dogs can develop incontinence as they get older. Bladder control weakens and they may not make it outside in time.
Much like with humans, one of the common symptoms of canine diabetes is the need to urinate more often.
How do I stop my dachshund from peeing in the house?
1) Rule out any of those physical problems.
If there is a simple medical issue with a related remedy, it might not be too hard to correct the problem. For example, adapting their diet, treating infections, or managing their condition better could result in a change. Get the best possible advice from your vet.
2) Desensitize your dog to any stimulus causing behavioral problems.
If your dog urinates in response to an exciting or upsetting stimulus, it is your responsibility to either remove that stimulus or help desensitize your dog. This could require patient training and puppy pads, but it is worth it.
2) Work on your dog’s potty training.
Even if the cause is behavioral or medical, it doesn’t hurt to reconsider your dog’s potty training. Do they have a clear regime with consistent potty breaks and are those breaks right for your dog’s needs. Go over the basics and make sure your dog understands what is required.
It is possible to regain some control and stop your dachshund from peeing so much.
In short, while this issue can be frustrating, to begin with, there is always a cause and a solution out there. You may need to be patient when working through possible causes, and take advantage of medical check-ups and advice where you can. Once you hit that eureka moment, you can work on the best solution and start to control the problem.