Dogs, unlike puppies, should be well trained to go outside to “use the bathroom”. There is a behavior, usually in male dogs, that can be baffling if you have already housebroken the dog. Dogs will sometimes urinate on the furniture or even on your belongings long after he/she has been going outside to urinate. There are several reasons that this might happen, but all you know is that you want it to stop.
How to stop your dog from urinating on the furniture:
Sprays- There are several brands of sprays that you can purchase to spray on the furniture in your house that is specifically made to keep dogs from urinating on it. You can purchase these sprays at any pet store or even online. The sprays won’t discolor your furniture, but it will repel the dog away from the furniture that he/she seems intent on destroying.
Block off the room- You may have to block off the room that the dog is having a problem with. Older dogs will generally choose one piece of furniture that they want to mark and they will do it over and over again. Blocking the dog from entering that room will stop him/her from being able to urinate in that area. A baby gate between the doorway is usually enough to stop a dog from entering a room.
Correction- If your dog is urinating on your house furniture, you must correct him/her immediately. Most dogs want to please their owner. Letting the dog know that you don’t approve of his/her behavior will help alleviate the problem of urinating all over the place. Speak to your dog in a firm and raised tone to get his/her attention. This probably won’t eliminate the problem right away, but eventually discipline will work to keep the dog from continuing the unsavory behavior.
Remove- If your dog has been urinating on the same piece of furniture over and over again, you may have to remove that piece of furniture if you aren’t willing to keep the dog out of the room. There is something about that piece of furniture that the dog wants to make his/her own. Removing the offending piece may be the only way to stop the urinating problem.
The Dog- Depending on how bad the problem is and how attached you are to your furniture, it might be time to think about giving the dog away. This may not be the dog for you if you can’t find ways to control his/her urination problems. There are people who know better how to handle these situations and would give your dog a wonderful home. No one can afford to replace furniture on a regular basis because the dog continually urinates on it.
Not all dogs will urinate on furniture after they have already been house broken. There are a few with behavioral problems that may do it though. The above tips should help you stop the problem, even it is isn’t the answer you want to hear.