Hey there, fellow dog parents! We all know that feeling of frustration when we discover that our little pups have peed all over their toys. But don’t worry – we’re here to help you handle the situation tactfully and with a calm demeanor.
When it comes to dealing with this kind of behavior, it’s important to understand why your pup is doing it in the first place.
Some puppies may urinate on their toys to mark their territory, seek attention, or due to changes in their environment. Maybe they just haven’t been properly house trained yet, or they’re just so darn excited that they can’t help themselves. And of course, health issues can also play a role in this behavior.
But fear not, because there are plenty of things you can do to help your pup overcome this behavior. Proper house training, positive reinforcement, giving them plenty of attention, providing better accommodations, and consulting with a vet are all great ways to help your furry friend learn to behave appropriately.
So, don’t worry if your pup has been peeing on their toys – we’ve got your back! By understanding why they’re doing it and taking steps to address the issue, you can help your pup learn to be the best, most well-behaved furry friend possible. And don’t worry, we’ll discuss even more tips and tricks to help you along the way!
Why do puppies pee on toys?
Let’s dive deep into this now!
1. “This is my territory!”
Have you ever heard that a pup might want to build an empire for himself? Yes, you read it right! It might be hilarious for a second, yet it might even be a reason for your issue too!
These fur creatures can be pretty scared that someone will take away what they love from them, and it’s obvious that these cute creatures can’t verbally express their needs to us, so instead, they try their best to show it off through their behavior.
Consequently, he might go on peeing on his toys, not because he hates them but because he adores them to a great extent!
Let me include a few other points to know whether your puppy is marking his territorial,
- Pees frequently on walks
- Marks horizontal objects
- Marking when in conflict with other creatures in your house
2. “It’s all mine.”
This can be pretty similar to “territory marking.” Did your fur creature begin to bark and growl at you when he saw that you were trying to clean off his toys and arrange them in another place?
Did his mood change too? Then peeing on toys might be a symptom of this. Other symptoms that you may identify in resource guarding are as follows,
- Running after (chasing) you or another animal
- Side by side-eye stares
- Curling of lips
- Eating fast
3. “Just give me some attention, dude.”
Did you give any special attention at least once in the lifetime of your puppy when he urinated on his toys?
Did you take care of him more than the other days and give him your full attention on such a day? Then this little creature might have noticed it and used his “big brain” to get your attention!
That cute, yet a few cunning grins on your blossom buddy would explain it all! Check out the little gestures on his face!
4. Change in environment
Adopting a new puppy from his last owner or maybe changing the location can affect the little one’s behavior.
As in, he might be pretty scared at the beginning during the process of adapting to the changes in his environment. So, as a result of these consequences, he might be involved in peeing.
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5. “The incomplete training and the age.”
Now, in this case, it might not only be the toys your pooch might be urinating on. It can even be your sofa, bedding, and so on.
Is your puppy younger than 12 weeks? Then, yes, as the dog’s parents, we all know that it is pretty hard to give complete training as he might be too immature for it yet.
So, the incomplete training alone with age can also be taken as a reason for your puppy’s behavior. Specifically, this could be a behavioral issue.
6. “I’m just a hyperbole.”
Have you ever been with a toddler and ever noticed how excited they can be about the slightest thing at times?
Puppies are just like our toddlers at times. They get pretty excited too! As a result of this excitation, he might want to pee and might be just peeing on his favorite toys!
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7. Health issues
Last but not least! Let’s focus on the health issues.
Your puppy might be entirely in the mood for “hey, I am sad and lonely.” Specifically, separation anxiety is a disorder that occurs when the puppy is separated from his loved one.
Have you noticed the instances where your puppy begins to pee? Does he pee on his toys or whatever the thing might be when he is alone?
Does his mood change every time you get ready to go to work? Then this might be a matter of fact to be considered. Separation anxiety also includes the following symptoms too,
- Barking and howling
- Urinating and defecating
- Chewing, destruction, and digging
Urinary tract infections
Puppies with urinary infections would possibly urinate small amounts of urine frequently along the way. It is vital to notice whether he only urinates on his toys or in random places.
Urinary incontinence is specifically involuntary urination, which can be seen quite commonly in pooches. This can occur at any age, yet it is more common in older dogs and female pooches.
Considering urinary incontinence at a young age, it is often a result of an “ectopic ureter.”
When one or both of the ureters bypass the bladder and connect to another unusual location(e.g., vagina or urethra), a puppy might be dripping urine even without his conscience.
As you can observe, the above are a few reasons why your dog might be peeing on toys.
What to do if your puppy urinated on its toys?
As I have mentioned before, a puppy can be urinating on the toys for the above specific reasons.
It can be due to over-excitement, which comes off with happiness and a little bit of adrenaline and dopamine rush.
Other than being overexcited, attention-seeking, and changing in the environment, other mentioned reasons will require special attention from a veterinarian cause when a puppy urinates with specific behavioral changes, it is just not because he will be the “baddy” in the house.
Therefore, being attentive to your little fur creature as a dog parent is very important.
How to keep your puppy from peeing on toys?
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1. “Treats, Treats, Treats.”
Who doesn’t love a treat? So, let’s make a little use of the dog treats, and maybe you can call it a “bribe time”?
This will become one of the best techniques you can use for your pooch! Maybe start this from the first time you see your puppy peeing on his toys. Notice his behavior.
Then every time he tries to pee on the toys, instead of going to his arranged place for peeing, treat him with some delicious treats! It can be his favorite food, kong toys, and chewable toys too! Moreover, you might be wondering how to keep giving him treats all through the day.
Remember, these pooches are not materialistic, just like most humans. A little head pat or praise would make the fly high up above the skies! So, why not try it?
2. “Don’t look at him.”
If you feel like your puppy is asking for your attention and he is working towards it, maybe you can stop giving him the attention when he tries to pee on his toys!
As in, perhaps, you can ignore him for a slight period of time so that eventually he will minimize or give a pause for it, noticing that his attempts won’t work anymore!
3. “Spare some time.”
Sparing some time for your loved ones is one of the most important things you will come across in your life. So, won’t it be the same for your pooch too?
Giving him a walk for at least one hour, playing with him, and making him exercise for a while with you will be invaluable when trying to eliminate your adorable puppy’s unfavorable behaviors.
4. “Check on his environment.”
Make sure that you give your pooch the best “accommodation” you can provide. It is better if the place he sleeps and plays is not far away from you.
The more the little one is nearer to you, the less he will get scared.
5. Veterinarian or behaviorist
If the issues and many unfavorable behaviors are shown by your puppy, make sure he gets his medical consultations from a veterinarian, and if you feel like it is quite a hassle to train your puppy on your own, consult a behaviorist.
This will be an important step to getting rid of future health implications for the poor little one!
Things to be aware of.
1. “Do not punish.”
Punishing is “NOT” a remedy for your puppy peeing on toys.
He won’t understand what you will scream in your throat and why you are punishing him; instead, he might develop a trauma that will affect him throughout his lifetime.
2. Symptoms you can be aware of (regarding submissive urination)
- Flattening of ears
- Tucking in their tails
- Excessive licking
- Raising their front paws
They say, “Don’t expect your puppy to hold it for too long” I guess now you got the answer for it, especially why your puppy might be peeing on his toys, what you should do, and much more!
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