House Training A
Dog That Soils

Canine Whispers provides services to assist in house training a dog in and around Guildford, Camberley, Haslemere & Leatherhead. Get in touch today!


House Training A Dog That Soils


Canine Whispers provides services to support house training a dog in the Guildford, Farnham, Woking, Haslemere & Cranleigh area.

Owners seek help for various housetraining behaviours. For example, owners may report that their dog comes inside to go to the toilet, house soils in secret, or is inconsistent with house training. Some other examples could be that the dog keeps urinating on a disinfected area or where a puppy pad was previously. They may also only urinate or defecate inside, or on particulate items or places.

The owner may report that house soiling has occurred since a change in home, household members or pets. The issue could also relate to the dog’s age or development stage. House soiling could also only during or after a particular event or when the owner is absent. There may be a sudden onset of house soiling for some dogs. There are various other behavioural reasons a dog may house soil, it could perhaps be part of a more complex behavioural issue. It is important to look throughly at all potential causes with a Dog Behaviourist to tailor a behaviour modification plan to the individual dog and owner.


Just a Few Reasons for House Training Problems


  • Some dogs may have a clinical reason for housetraining errors, or it may be age related. Your veterinarian will diagnose and help with any medical cause.
  • An owner may experience a smaller dog needing to go to the toilet more frequently than a larger dog. The smaller dog may make errors and go to the toilet inside, as it does not have full bladder control yet and has a smaller bladder than a larger dog. A study By A Learn et al. (1) has found a significant difference found between large and small dogs in the time it takes to house train. Factors such as age, obedience training done, and medical status were accounted for in the study to eliminate other reasons that may effect results.
  • Puppies have not yet learnt where it is acceptable to go to the toilet. Like young children, they do not yet have full bladder control and will need to go more often than an adult dog.
  • A dog that’s lived in a kennel then starts to live in a house it has no knowledge of may not have experience going to the toilet outside or be properly house trained.
  • With some dogs style and indeed the amount of obedience training was also found to correlate to housetraining success according to Learn A et al. (1)


Get Help With House Training A Dog In The Guildford Area


Canine Whispers has years of experience supporting owners in house training dogs that soil in and around the Guildford area. First it is wise to get your veterinarian to assess your dog for any potential medical causes behind the issue. If you would like support to assist with house soiling problems or want advice to housetrain your dog or puppy, Canine Whispers can help with a through consult and behaviour modification plan bespoke to you and your pet.

In the meantime one thing that can be done to help mitigate the situation is to turn the lights off, then find all the urination places by searching your home with an ultra violet light (UV). Urine is a substance that will glow under UV light, making is easier to find and clean if the source is not initially locatable.


References: (1) Learn A et al. (2016) Preliminary Assessment in Differences of Completeness of House Training Base on Dogs By Size. Available from Accessed 4/3/20.