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Tips to stop MALE dogs from urinating all over your house

asked 2015-05-13 11:01:33 -0500

Whether neutered or not, I find nearly every male dog I watch will mark in different places in my home by urinating. Only the males. I've had no choice but to keep dogs confined to the back of my house via a half-door between the kitchen and living room / bedroom areas. The back of my home is my family room and office, which now smells terrible. I've cleaned the carpet several times with Natures Miracle carpet cleaner and other chemicals. The carpet now has to be removed and replaced with flooring tiles when I can eventually afford it.

I know this is natural for male dogs when in a new home, especially when around other dogs. I wish there was some way to stop these little urine puddles on every vertical surface, wall, table leg, corner etc. My own dogs never do this.

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As far as deodorizing the carpet, Nature's Miracle is useless. I went on Amazon and bought a carpet deodorizing solution called Bubba's Pet Stain and Odor Terminator. It's a little pricey, $40 a gallon, but it did a fantastic job.

Robin G.'s profile image Robin G.  ( 2017-11-19 16:27:58 -0500 ) edit

Thanks for the tip!! I hae same issue with Carrie. Definitely will try to check Bubba's and use that expense as my write off tax.

Marsha H.'s profile image Marsha H.  ( 2018-01-26 14:21:34 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2015-05-13 13:18:05 -0500

There is another recent thread with ideas about marking:

https://www.rover.com/community/quest...

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answered 2017-03-11 16:12:35 -0500

I use belly bands

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answered 2015-05-13 17:57:00 -0500

The only way to help reduce this problem is to thoroughly clean your home after each dog's stay. Use a blacklight to see spots where there are traces of urine so you know exactly where to disinfect and deodorize. Use baking soda to soak up urine that has seeped into a carpet or furniture (this is only applicable to fresh puddles).

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answered 2015-05-14 01:48:04 -0500

You may also want to invest in belly bands in a few sizes (or make your own), and as policy put them on male dogs when they are dropped off for the first few hours, or day, or however long you need to prevent marking. Once a dog becomes more settled and have been shown the appropriate place to potty, they'll also 'remember' their house training a bit better, so most dogs likely won't need the bands for too long, even if there are known problem spots in the house.

As for the odor until you're able to redo your flooring, there are some good air filters/purifiers/deodorizers on the market. I have one of these: http://www.amazon.com/CritterZone-Pet...11?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1431586029&sr=1-1 and I LOVE it. It really does help. Depending on the size of the area, a couple of those can make a huge difference.

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answered 2017-03-13 14:29:02 -0500

Don't forget: any supplies you purchase are tax deductible.

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answered 2015-08-26 15:44:26 -0500

I second the remark on using belly bands, I've found they are worth their weight in gold. Amazon sells them at a reasonable price, and you can also buy a bulk box of overnight slim pantyliners to use in them for cheap with free shipping usually.

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What is a belly band

Donna R.'s profile image Donna R.  ( 2018-01-07 12:58:14 -0500 ) edit

Belly bands I’ve never heard of, but “male wraps” they wrap around the belly and winky and prevents males from unnecasiry markings. I have one I have to use for some of my clients dogs ! They work soooo good. Mine was from a pet store but probably a lot cheaper on amazon

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answered 2017-03-20 14:50:43 -0500

We use belly bands as well. They are low cost, comfortable for the dogs and a carpet/furniture saver! We only keep neutered and spayed dogs but almost every male wants to hike, even though my home is clean. Belly bands are so worth it!

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answered 2017-04-20 15:10:26 -0500

I recommend for all of you Creolina it is very strong and won't left any smell behind....make sure you use a small amount. i highly recommend this product..if you use it you will remember what i said...you can buy it at the link below or you can find the small bottle for $4 at the stores, depending where you get it from.

https://www.amazon.com/OAKHURST-COMPANY-Creolin-Deodorant-Clean/dp/B000HHLQZY/ref=pd (https://www.amazon.com/OAKHURST-COMPA...)lpo194bsimg2/145-1166570-9398356?encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CTY6GSEC12DW3XZS0A8J

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answered 2017-04-21 14:25:39 -0500

We recently had a neutered male dog as a guest. HIs owner brought a belly band with him and we used it the first day. We didn't put it on after that and had no problems even when he was left alone. Dogs mark as you've said to deposit their scent. While some trainers believe that one should not allow dogs to mark on walks, there is no evidence that this decreases urine marking in the house. As a certified behaviorist, we take just the opposite approach - allow the dogs to mark as much as they want on walks, they get to deposit their scent all around, with the house sort of in the center of the 'territory' and therefore decreases the motivation to want to mark inside.
We've used a product called Anti Icky Poo for years to remove the odor, find it much superior to Nature's Miracle.
Would not hesitate to use a belly band though as a precaution as well, and test the dog for short periods without it.

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answered 2018-12-22 02:09:31 -0500

I’d like to have an answer for our situation.

I often see answers of “make sure to let the dogs out enough, for a long enough duration“, but we usually let the dogs out in the backyard, or take them for a walk, every couple of hours, and at least 20 minutes each. PLENTY of time for them to empty their bladders.

Yet males AND females, always come back in the house and pee. Several spots, throughout the day. It’s causing lots of tension in the house and stress.

I understand that the OCCASIONAL dog will pee as it’s a new place. Usually once. Maybe twice.

But dogs we have watched several times before, will pee all the time, everywhere.

We are very caring and loving. We do not yell at them. We don’t do anything that scares them.

We clean old pee spots up with enzyme remover and they still smell the old spots, as well as create new spots.

We don’t want to stop pet-sitting. As we need the income and we love animals. But this makes absolutely no sense to us that we let them out plenty, and they are familiar with our house, especially if they are repeat clients, yet they still Pee everywhere. Sometimes, the more we watch them, the more it seems they pee.


I see lots of people are saying to get doggie diapers, but wouldn’t this only work for males? Males AND females are peeing all over our house. As well as we often take photos and videos of the dogs we are watching, so the owners know that they are doing fine, and we don’t want them to see diapers on them and get upset with us. But it would be a pain in the butt to take them off every time we were going to take a photo or video, and then put them back on.

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