Visiting and Housebreaking

By Maria Posted in dog care, pet housebreaking /

One issue that many dog owners come upon unexpectedly is when visiting someone else’s home and their dog begins urinating in the wrong places. There are a couple of reasons a dog might do this: either it is marking its territory, or it is confused and possibly scared about the situation.

If your dog hasn’t experienced another home before, it’s best to be cautious before you plan extended trips or stays in a new location. First of all, consider the potential environment that your pup is going to be in. Are there other pets? Dogs? Cats? Even birds and hamsters can leave scents that might be little confusing for your dog.


In an ideal situation, there would be no other animals in the household you are visiting, but that’s not always the case. The first issue to be concerned about is marking. Marking comes naturally to dogs, even neutered ones, so be prepared for this.

If your dog is marking territory in a new home, consider what factors might be present. Exterior scents such as those of ammonia cleaners tend to excite dogs. The presence of other pets is another. Even if the household doesn’t presently have a pet, the scent of a previous pet visitor will still be in the air.

For this reason, it’s best to keep a close eye on your dog during the initial stages. If you’re staying for an extended period, bring your dog inside after you’ve unpacked your things and taken care of introductions. This will allow you to focus directly upon introducing your dog to their temporary home.

Potty accidents are going to be common. Their new housing will likely be new to them, and the experience itself can cause anxiety in any dog. They may be unfamiliar with where they’re supposed to go potty or they could just be stressed in their new location.

It’s best to start the housebreaking process again in this case. Limit your dog’s wandering area, preferably to their crate or the room where you’ll be staying. This will help develop the mindset that this is their den and they aren’t supposed to potty here. The process also improves the comfort of their temporary home, which will help reduce anxiety and stress so that they can get back to enjoying the stay.

Cleaning up

If there are any accidents, use enzyme sprays to remove marking scents as quickly as possible. This should always be a must-have in your dog-care bag. Additionally, target areas where your dog is marking (or might seem attractive to them) and make them inaccessible or unattractive. Closing doors or using a pet-gate will help eliminate the temptation to do so.

Dogs don’t always enjoy change, and an extended stay in a new home can bring about some potty issues that can get messy if left unchecked. Be prepared to help your dog accommodate to the transition so that both guests and hosts can focus on having fun.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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