Oh, yeah, you know. Your dog is ‘mostly’ housebroken, he goes outside or on the papers. He’s pretty good, except for the part where he goes there.
You know, under the dining room table, or in front of the tv, or by the door where you let him out (and that one is mostly your fault, but I digress). And you can’t make him stop! Because he thinks he also goes there!
Why? He’s a dog. Some people love to sit and ponder how and why a dog thinks. I figure they don’t waste their time trying to figure out why I think the way I do, I’m not going to concern myself overly with their thought process. I mean, why do they want to chase a ball around the back yard? Who does that? Well, yeah, football boys, golfers, basketball players…never mind. Anyway!
If you need to ponder, there’s a couple reasons off the top of my head. One is you didn’t clean it up properly. They can smell far beyond the nose of mere mortals. They know someone peed (pooped) there before and they are helping! “Here, mom, let me cover that up for you! You’re welcome!” Good doggie? I guess. Or its a habit. I go here, I go there, its much easier to go here than there, and we all like easy. Another is, I know this is the way out but no one is letting me out, so, sorry, couldn’t wait!
And what you really want to know is JUST MAKE IT STOP. I know. I get that a lot.
Okay, the first thing is, decide you’re going to. I know, that sounds simplistic, but sometimes its just easier and like I said, we all like easy. But once you decide you are going to stop it, we’ll make a plan.
Lets say he’s going under the dining room table. One. Clean the spot thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner. Then do it again. Then – you got it – do it another time.
Second – Don’t let him in the dining room. I know. Who woulda thought? And make sure he gets taken out a few more times a day and rewarded for doing it right.
If you can’t block the dining room, then put something over the spot. Like a box or a plant or something so he can’t get his nose to it. And take him out anytime he tries to go in there and sniff around.
If he still keeps going back, after a few days, then feed him on that spot. Usually (not always) but usually, dogs don’t pee on their food. So that should stop it. If it doesn’t back track on the housebreaking. Crate, tether, schedule. Start all over.
Good luck! And just remember, you like to pee in the same place also. You know, if you have to ponder reasons.