Incontinence in dogs refers to weakening or loss of control over the muscles controlling the urethra, thereby resulting in urine leaks. Incontinence is a common occurrence among older pooches, and it can be the reason your 15-year old dog has suddenly started peeing in the house.
Apart from its prominence in older dogs, incontinence is also common among spayed female dogs and can also occur as a result of bladder infections.
Changes In The Environment
Major or minor changes in a dog’s immediate environment is another common reason that leads to the development of inappropriate urination behaviour in pooches.
Events such as the arrival of a new baby, death of a close family member, moving to a new house or the introduction of a new pet might lead to a pooch getting stressed and peeing in the home.
Dogs are highly territorial, and an unneutered male dog might spray urine at certain locations in the home to mark boundaries.
Separation anxiety can also develop in your pooch while you’re away at work, thereby resulting in destructive behaviour and peeing around the home.
Display Of Emotions
Another reason your dog could be peeing at home is due to overexcitement. And this is often accompanied by frantic movements, wriggling and excited jumps from a pooch.
On the bright side, peeing when excited is mostly common in puppies and younger dogs. And as a pooch grows older, coupled with proper training, it mostly gains the ability to control itself better.
Also, dogs may pee out of fear or as a sign of submission to someone in the home, and this often happens as the aftermath of severe scolding or punishments.