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Why does my dog pee in my room?

Having a dog in the house is like having a small child. They can mess with your room from time to time. However, when it becomes a habit of your dog peeing in your room, it can be frustrating.

Is your dog turning your room into a web of wet spots and pungent smells? This inappropriate urination, as the vet calls it, needs to be addressed immediately. Instead of disciplining your dog, first, please take it to the vet as it might be having health problems.

The following are several reasons why your dog is displaying inappropriate urination.

Why Does My Dog Pee In My Room?

1.    Health problems    

· Urinary tract problem

If your dog has started peeing in your room, it might have a urinary tract infection. It is among the causes of inappropriate urination. It is a health issue that most dogs have been identified with.

Instead of getting upset and punishing the dog, first, please take it to the vet for examination. The vet will sample the dog’s urine to perform a urinalysis and urine culture. The tests will indicate any abnormalities of cells in the urine, cystitis, or bacteria, if any.

If identified to have any of the three health issues, medication can address the issue. However, in extreme cases, like bladder stones, surgery may be required.

· Urinary incontinence

If the vet does not find issues with the urinary tract, he will examine for urinary incontinence. This health issue is commonly associated with aging. However, even a young adult dog can develop this health issue.

If you notice that the dog is leaking or leaving urine puddles in your room when napping, incontinence might be the issue. In this case, the dog is not even aware that it is doing that, and punishing it will not solve it. Instead, seek the medical help it needs. The problem is treatable with medication.

Other medical issues associated with urinary problems include diabetes, kidney disease, or Cushing’s disease.

2.    Aging

It is common for puppies to cause such accidents while training. However, even senior dogs can cause such urinary accidents. Like humans, as dogs grow old, they can develop dementia or senility, increasing the dog’s forgetfulness.

In this case, the dog may urinate in your room because it has forgotten that it is not supposed to urinate there. In this case, you need to show some understanding and restrain it from entering your room. Keep your room locked at all times.

Old age can result in the development of other health complications like kidney failure. Involve your vet regularly to help solve the issue. The vet can prescribe some dementia management medication and supplements.

3.    Behavioral issues

· Marking

If the vet has ruled out all health issues that might cause inappropriate urination, there are high chances your dog is experiencing behavioral problems. For instance, your dog might be portraying marking behavior. Marking is a sex hormone-driven issue. However, if not addressed, it can become a habit.

· Submissive/ excitement urination

Is there something or someone intimidating your dog? If your dog is fearful and a gigantic person is standing over it, it might result in him urinating on the spot. Also, when the dog is stressed or anxious, it may result in inappropriate urination.

Observing and understanding the events before your dog results in messing up your room. Are there environmental changes around your home, like frequent sleepover guests? Have you brought a new pet or a new baby? All these are some of the triggers that may result in your dog’s new and unacceptable behavior.

Why Does My Dog Poo In My Room?

· Lack of proper training    

After buying or adopting a new puppy or adult dog, avoid assuming complete and proper house training. Besides, a change in the environment can trigger unacceptable behavior of pooping in your room. Maybe it is the only place it feels safe and can do things it is ashamed to do in the open.

Instead, it is essential to observe and understand your dog’s pooping schedule after eating. Then, offer training by introducing potty at first because a puppy might be afraid to go outdoors. As they grow to adulthood, let them learn to go outside to release themselves. You can even seek professional help to assist you in training your dog to uphold acceptable behaviors.

· Anxiety

Does your dog have anxiety issues? When a dog is stressed due to separation or other environmental problems, it may poop inside your room. During this period of pressure, they cannot control their urge to defecate in a safe place like your room.

When does your dog poop in your room? Is it when you are away from work? If that is the case, it might be suffering from separation anxiety resulting from long hours of loneliness in the house. You can try to leave the back door open so that it can go out to poo when needed or leave it at a doggy daycare.

However, if it poo even when you are at home, the problem might be environmentally related. Small changes in the environment can alter your dog’s behavior. An excellent example is loud noises or a new dog hugging in the neighborhood that intimidates your puppy from getting out of the house.

Get to understand your dog’s pooping behavior to undertake the right course of action.

· Muscle Atrophy

Medical problems like Muscle Atrophy might be the cause of your dog’s new behavior. The problem makes the dog unable to hold waste, resulting in pooping anywhere and most likely in your room where it spends most of the time.

There is no age limit to the development of this issue. However, it is prevalent among older dogs. The problem could be contributed by general body weakness, degenerative nervous system disorder, or senility.

· Inconsistent potty breaks

Leaving your dog in the house alone for too long can facilitate this unacceptable behavior. If you have noticed that your dog poo in your room whenever it is left locked at home alone for too long, the problem is lack of an opportunity to get out.

Understand that your dog needs to poop during the day or night and make the necessary arrangements. You can hire a dog sitter, leave it in doggy care or train it to use the back door to get out when they need to pee and poo. If this is the sole reason your dog is misbehaving, having someone to will eliminate this issue.

Why Is My Dog Peeing Or Pooping In My Room Suddenly?

The sudden change of behavior in your dog can be alarming. While sometimes it can be simple behavioral or environmental triggers, it can be a medical problem in some cases. Before you start disciplining and offering tough training, first understand the reasons for the sudden change of behavior. Let’s examine some reasons for the sudden change of behavior.

· Overstimulation during potty time

Does your dog poop and pee after getting inside from playing outside? As such, the issue might be that the dog is overly distracted while playing outside and forgets that it is supposed to use the time to pee or poo. Thus, immediately it gets inside a cool and quiet place, finding a suitable location for that.

Also, it could be that the outside environment is distractive and is not comfortable peeing or pooping outside. If you have taken your dog for a long walk or in the park, as you get home before entering the house, find a quiet and safe place and instruct your dog to pee and poop. In this way, you will have addressed your problem entirely.

· Change in schedule

Does your dog have a regular schedule when it is supposed to go for potty? If yes, that touting needs to be maintained at all times, it will mess your room. Understand that dogs are creatures of habits and routine, and they enjoy following them.

In most cases, puppies are used to potting a few minutes after eating, napping, playing, or drinking. However, adult dogs tend to potty immediately when they wake up, mid-day, or in the evening. With this understanding, you will avoid the mess from occurring.

· Poor diet

What quality of food do you feed your dog? If you usually buy cheap food from the stores, it may contribute to frequent and bulkier bowel movements. Thus, you might find the dog having irregular potting time. Also, a sudden diet change can result in this problem.

Try buying premium food with a high nutrient absorption rate and less waste production. Also, avoid changing the diet abruptly and instead introduce it slowly.

Why Does My Dog Pee Or Poo On My Bed?

· Stress, anxiety, and fear  

When a dog is stressed, it can lose control of its bladder, resulting in creating messes in your bed. Changes around the house like new guests, new babies, and bringing another pet home can cause the dog to develop anxiety. In this case, the dog experiences extreme emotions that it is unable to control.

Before taking any action, observe the dog’s behavior before and after the accident on your bed. If it happens regularly, identify emotional triggers and move towards addressing them.

· Marking its territory

Does your dog pee or poo just a little on your bed? If that is the case, your dog is not doing this to create a mess, or unknowingly, it is an intentional behavior telling you that that space belongs to him alone. This may happen especially after bringing a new puppy. Your dog is becoming jealous and will do anything, including peeing in your bed, to ensure the new puppy or baby does not sleep in its position.

· Medical problems

Has your dog started peeing and pooping in your bed? This can be confusing and devastating, especially if it has the necessary training. However, it could be having some bladder infection or bowel movement issues.

If this is repeated behavior, it is advisable to visit the vet. Let the veterinarian examine it conclusively to get the best solution. Besides, it could have other serious health complications like diabetes, arthritis, and kidney disease.

· Uncomfortable outdoor potting

Your dog might poo or pee on your bed as it is considered to be a safe and comfortable space. Most outdoor spaces are noisy, overcrowded, or people frequently pass by, making it uncomfortable for the dog to pee without being distracted.

If this is the case, make the outdoor potting spot as comfortable as possible. You can use either fence or build some structures to shield the dog from being exposed when defecating. Understand what the dog is communicating to you and offer the help it needs instead of punishment.

How To Stop My Dog From Peeing In My Room?

Water spray

If you catch your dog peeing in your room, you can spray it with water, discouraging it from that kind of behavior. They will instantly discontinue urinating and rush outside. After they finish peeing outside, praise them as opposed to punishing them.


When going to work or out for long hours, avoid leaving your dog alone in the house. When a dog is locked in the house for several hours, it might choose your bed as a safe place to pee and poo. To avoid this, drop it at a dog care center and give it a chance to interact with other dogs and potty there.

Take it to the vet

Sometimes peeing in your room might never be intentional. Maybe your dog is having some medical problems. Visit the vet and let it be diagnosed. There could be numerous underlying health problems like diabetes that need to be addressed with medicine or surgery. You will be given medication for simple complications, and if it requires surgery, the vet will advise you accordingly.

Identify the trigger

Pay attention to all times that your dog pees in your room. What usually happens before and after it pees? Is there a new guest arriving, loud noises, or a baby crying? All these can act as an emotional trigger for it to hide in your room and pee. After identifying the triggers, initiate a strategy to solve them. For instance, if your dog dislikes guests, keep it in its house until the guest leaves.

Clean the accident perfectly.

Use the necessary detergents to get the smell out. It might not smell strong to you, but a dog will always follow it to return at the same crime scene. But by eliminating the smell, you are discouraging the dog from coming back to messing with your room.