Dealing with your dog peeing while you’re on a walk is a common thing, right? Yes, in some instances it is normal but in others, it’s just annoying because they stop every 5 seconds.
Why do dogs stop and pee or mark constantly when they’re on a walk?
Why do FEMALE dogs stop and pee so much?
Contrary to popular belief, female dogs can stop and pee or mark, just like male dogs do.
There’s are reasons for the behavior and once you understand them, you can use training techniques and behavior modification to get your dog to stop (or fix the medical problem if there is one). In the video below I discuss a few reasons why this could happen, check it out!
This behavior can become habit if you don’t work on it now.
Our dog walkers here at Sit-Stay-Play understand this whole dog peeing issue. We’ll give your dog time to potty before we start our walk. Why is this important? It’s important so your dog will make his or her initial potty in your yard or designated place. This spot may be a spot that he frequents often or an area that you’d like to train your dog to potty in. Having a designated spot close to home signals to your dog, “It’s OK to pee now!” and gets them into a routine. Throughout the walk we’ll give your dog time to potty also but won’t let him or her pee or mark one time right after another (that signifies the marking behavior).
How To Correct The Dog Peeing/Marking Habit
Tip: Bladder infections, urinary tract infections and other medical issues can cause your dog to pee often. It’s important to rule out any medical problems BEFORE you begin working on stopping the incessant peeing/marking habit. Once your dog is cleared medically then start on training.
- Before you even leash up the dog, remain calm and relaxed. Never put the leash on in a hurried or frustrated state.
- Once you’re outside, pause just for a brief time and let your dog potty first.
- Start your dog on a short leash (no flexi-leads or 6′ leashes). You want your dog close to you so you can control where he’s walking.
- While you’re walking and you begin to notice the dog raise his leg or try and squat, get his or her attention and get them to follow you by turning around, swerving sideways or speed up the walk. Going in a different direction might help him get distracted.
- Use tricks to distract your dog – Once he or she starts to mark or pee, get your dog’s attention and call out the trick, i.e. “Shake”, “Rollover”, “Paw”, “Shake”, “Touch”, etc.
- Praise when the dog is walking good.
- Give the dog a job (go to mailbox or pick up the newspaper) or have them wear a backpack like in the picture above.
- Ignore the bad behavior. Don’t say, “NO!” or “STOP!”, just distract him and then reward
These are just some ways you can help curb your dogs’ insatiable peeing or marking habit.
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