Why Dogs Pee Next to the Pee Pad and What to Do
There are many reasons why pet parents opt to train their dogs to pee on a pee pad. Most city dwellers use a pee pad for their dogs to pee without getting out of the apartment. Immobile pet parents also use it because they can’t get their dog outside every time he wants to eliminate it. Many puppy parents also first teach their puppies to use pee pads before training them to get outside. You might also be working outdoor for long hours, and your dog doesn’t have anyone to take him out when you’re away. Pads are also a must-have for dog parents living in cities with strict quarantine in place.
Despite the so many reasons for using a dog pads, there is one challenge. Some puppies often pee off the pad or next to it even after training. Lack of access to a lot of outdoor space makes a pad the right tool for you and your canine, but don’t forget that apartment living wasn’t designed for dogs. They are outdoor creatures by nature and are more drawn to using grass and dirt as their official bathroom.
Why dogs pee next to the pee pad?
It can be frustrating to see your dog pee off the pee pad, but you are not alone. There is a solution for that. But first, you have to understand the reasons for that. Once you know the trigger, you will know the best solution for the problem. Here are some of the potential possibilities that you should consider:
1. Dog doesn’t like the pad
Your dog may not like the pee pad you bought for one or two reasons. Maybe it is uncomfortable. You can try using a pad holder to see if your dog will now be comfortable. A pad holder holds the pee pad to make sure it does not move around on your dog. You can also try a different type of dog pad.
2. Behavior issue
Male dogs may miss the pee pad when intently marking but not peeing to empty their bladder. The main reason for pee marking is to define territory. Territory marking can be your dog’s way of manifesting stress or easing situations. Dogs that are on heat are also likely to pee everywhere to make their territory.
Puppies can pee outside the pad due to excitement. Most young puppies are likely to pee when you greet them or when you play with them. Signs Your Dog Loves You
3. Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infection is the leading reason why many dogs pee where they shouldn’t. UTI makes a dog have a strong urge to pee hence urinating in inappropriate places. A well-trained dog is likely to start peeing in the wrong places after getting UTI. If you are suspecting your dog has UTI, you should visit a vet as soon as possible. With a proper medical prescription, the issue will disappear after a few days.
Some of the common symptoms of urinary tract infection in dogs include:
- Passing a small amount of urine
- Increased frequency of urination
- Dribbling urine (loss of bladder control)
- Straining and crying when urinating
- Strong odor in urine
- Excessive licking of the urinary opening
Senior dogs are at a higher risk of urinary incontinence. Dogs in this condition do not have control over their bladder and the entire urination process. They are more likely to pass urine without them knowing. Urine leaks from the dog’s bladder involuntary. Some of the possible causes of incontinence in dogs include:
- Weak bladder sphincter
- Prostate disorder
- Spinal injury
- Urinary tract infection
- Certain medications
- Congenital abnormalities
Your dog will avoid using the pee pad if it is dirty and soaked. Dogs try as much as they can to avoid stepping on their pee and poop. That means that your dog may be peeing next to the pee pad only because you forgot to replace it. If you don’t want to keep cleaning your carpets and kitchen floor after every few hours, provide your dog with a clean pee pad.
6. Not able to hold it
Puppies below the age of 8 weeks are not able to hold their pee and poop. Once they are above three months old, they will hold it for a few minutes. Expect your puppies to reduce the number of accidents to zero per day once they are between five and six months old. Most puppies below the age of three months mess because they can’t hold it long enough to get to the pad.
7. The pee pad is in a busy area
Dogs are not good at multitasking. For them to be perfect, they have to do one task at a time. Your puppy might be knowing that it needs to pee on the pad, but on the way, he gets distracted by something and have an accident right off the pee pad. Placing the pad in an area with less traffic will help.
8. The novelty factor
Your dog may be avoiding using the pee pad as his official bathroom because he doesn’t know what it is. He might be thinking that the pee pad is just a piece of paper with no use. Some dogs see pee pads as toys, and they end up tearing them apart.
Your dog won’t pee on the pad until you train him. It might also take some days before your dog grasps the concept, but it is worth being patient.
9. Not aiming right
If your dog usually pees right next to the pee pad, that might be because he doesn’t know how to aim right. Your dog maybe knowing that he has to go to the pad, but aiming is the problem. Such a dog deserves credit and a little more training to be perfect. With your gentle guidance and patience, your puppy will learn how to aim correctly.
The size of the pee pad also matters. If it is too small, your dog is likely to have issues in aiming. Replacing a small pee pad with a larger ultra-absorbent pee pad can help.