When Dogs Pee Too Much: Behavior Reasons
Hopefully, your dog’s results all come back healthy. Great! But then what? Keep in mind the things that affect your dog’s need to pee:
- Water intake
- Exercise and activity level
- Age and medical history
- When they last peed
- Their level of potty training
Seniors and Puppies
Many dog owners work outside of the home for eight or more hours a day and find that booking a dog walker to give their pet a break is a solution. Perhaps your dog needs more exercise, another opportunity to relieve herself of water she’s been drinking, or even more stimulation.
As mentioned above, this especially true if you’ve recently adopted a puppy! Be prepared to let your puppy out much more often, sometimes every hour, and pay close attention to her when she wakes from a nap or finishes eating and drinking. Potty training is a process that requires your vigilance, consistency, and patience.
On the other side of the spectrum, older dogs, particularly those on medications, sometimes need to outside more frequently as well. Medicines might affect their systems. Incontinence is also a possibility for senior dogs. A veterinarian can help you diagnose your dog and determine if treatment options are viable. Some older dogs end up wearing diapers to curb the issue.
Diet and Marking
What your dog eats should be taken into account. Wet food has more moisture than kibble, and canned food containing salt will lead to more peeing and thirst. Dogs don’t sweat like we do, they pant!
That system of regulating heat might cause them to lose more stored water in their body, therefore to drink more water, and therefore to pee more, too.
Marking is a behavior more common for unneutered or unspayed animals, as it is a natural instinct to mark territory and attract a mate. It can affect fixed animals too, although usually spaying and neutering reduce or eliminate the desire to mark, on top of preventing unwanted litters.
It’s significant to note that dogs not only eliminate but also communicate by peeing. When and where they go can carry information about their interests, their mood, and any messages they wish to leave behind. Peeing is a huge part of her life!
Make sure you properly clean any accidents that happen around your house. The last thing you want is to encourage more accidents because of a lingering scent of pee, urging your dog to make there again!
If you need further support, whether it’s to house-train a puppy or an older rescue dog,
It can seem like just another chore, but how and when and where your dog goes to the bathroom offers you a ton of information on top of a chance to know your dog even better. Pay attention. And be there to praise her when she does it right.