Dogs don’t just mess! There is always a reason behind every mess your dog makes, and punishing will only worsen things.
If you are a dog owner, then dog messes are not foreign to you. Chances are, that pisses you off to your core. And if you are like most people, you will punish your dog for it, but that will not change anything. Your dog will mess again, and the cycle continues. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why your dog keeps messing in the house? Dogs don’t just mess! There is always a reason behind every mess your dog makes, and punishing will only worsen things.
When your dog messes in the house, they try to tell you something, only that he cannot talk. Dogs are more intelligent than we give them credit for, and they will always try to communicate whenever something is not right. And since they cannot talk, they mess. So, instead of punishing your dog, first, find out what he is trying to tell you.
Dogs mess when they are happy too. In this case, they get so playful, and it does not matter where you are. Whether you are on your bed or couch, your dog will jump on you, trying to play with you. In the end, they will leave you with some dog hair mess to deal with, but you really can’t complain. After all, your dog was only trying to show you some love.
The bottom line is, whether your dog is just happy or trying to tell you that something is wrong, the mess is well worth it.
This article will highlight several scenarios that a dog can mess, and you will understand why they do.
Inadequate Housing Training
If you adopt a new dog, you need to give them enough training in the house. Show them where to poop, where to sleep or sit, and Most Importantly, create a regular schedule for them. It is more like setting some ground rules so that both of you can coexist in harmony. If your dog has not mastered everything, that is when they mess. And the message is clear; you need more time training them in the house.
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Irregular Potty Breaks
Dogs rely on schedules to do certain things like poop and eat. If you train your dog to poop at 8 a.m., they will get an urge to do so at that time every day. If you are not around, they will try to hold it until they cannot do it any longer. So, if you come home from work and find some mess, it is a message that you left them alone for too long to give them a potty break.
Fear and Anxiety
If your dog keeps messing in the house, it could be a sign that he is anxious. Most dogs are not able to control their urge to urinate or poop when under duress. Others become so destructive, messing up just about anything in the room.
Separation anxiety is not an uncommon problem in dogs. It is a disorder where dogs display stressful behavior when separated from their owner. Confirm the timing when your dog messes in the house. If it happens when you are not around, then your dog could be suffering from separation anxiety. But if it happens when you are home, it might just be a general anxiety problem. Your dog could be responding to loud noises or any other stressful situation around.
If your dog is ill, that could explain the frequent messes he is making. Maybe he has an infection, food poisoning, or is having an allergic reaction to some foods. Apart from that, there are two common illnesses in dogs that are so frustrating:
IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is one of them. The disease causes a sudden and chronic inflammation of the intestines, and as a result, your dog will have some digestive issues and diarrhea.
Intestinal worms such as roundworms and hookworms are also another reason why your dog is messing in the house. Like IBD, intestinal worms also lead to inflammation of the intestinal walls causing your dog to diarrhea, and sometimes it might be bloody. Find a Good vet to examine your dog and prescribe a treatment plan.
Poorly Cleaning of Accidental Messes
Dogs tend to relieve themselves in places they have done it before. If you did not carry out a good job cleaning dog mess, your dog would smell the poop/urine; and identify the place as an okay area to relieve themselves. If you observe that your dog keeps messing in the same spot, he tells you that you did not clean it well.
Most people think that dogs mess because they are naughty or out of spite. That could not be further from the truth. Dogs live for the moment. They only master patterns and schedules, and that’s it.
Instead of punishing your dog, try to understand what they are trying to tell you, and you will appreciate the mess.