Litter Boxes and Big Squirts

By Maria Posted in dog litter box /

Some dogs will squat and others raise their leg when they urinate. There are also those that walk when they potty. This isn’t always limited to peeing, as some may do so while they poop as well. While it may not seem like a big issue when it’s done in the yard, walking and peeing at the same time can become a seriously messy problem for those with an indoor dog litter box.

First you need to consider why a dog does this. Often, the movement of walking helps them to completely empty their bladder or improve bowel movement. In some medical cases, this can be a symptom of incontinence, particularly common in senior or sick dogs. When sickness or old age is the cause, this can be a very different situation and should be addressed properly.

The first thing you need to look into is how much space your dog needs. Often, a dog will only take two to three steps before their bladder is empty. Depending on their size and leg length, you will want to find a litter box that can accommodate enough movement to avoid any accidents outside of the potty area. It is best to allow at least six to ten inches surplus in length and width to allow for movement, especially any circling and sniffing that need to be done.

As a precaution, you need to consider the placement of your dog’s litter box. The best locations are areas that are tiled, such as a bathroom, where cleaning up any mess will be easier. In addition, absorbent pads or paper can prevent a larger mess or tracking. Just make sure you constantly change or wash the padding or it can turn into an extended potty zone. If tracking does become an issue, you need to be sure to utilize enzyme based cleaners to completely remove any after scent that can attract your dog to the surrounding areas.

Because you can’t necessarily hold your dog in place while they potty, you have to present them with plenty of room and opportunity to take care of business properly. Make the right choices for your dog so you don’t have to worry about a mess.

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