I’ve never had a little dog of my own. But when I hear about them acting like a$$holes, I assume it’s their person’s fault.
After all, they’re dogs. They’re “god” spelled backwards. They couldn’t possibly be Satanic hellspawn who constantly yap, bite, and jump. At least not if their people bother to train and exercise them.
But as for soiling the house? I’m starting to wonder. Maybe it’s not always the person’s fault when little dogs pee in the house.
Do Little Dogs Always Pee in the House?
I’ve heard the rumors.
“Dachshunds are hard to house train.” A chihuahua forum member asked other users, “How many of you have found poop in your shoes?” And every third (hilarious) video on Dexter’s Ruff Life has the starring Yorkie pooping or peeing indoors.
I’ve never fostered or pet sat a small dog without having at least a few accidents in the house. Why?
I’ve made a list of possible reasons little dogs pee in the house. Let’s see if any of them make sense:
To save their breed
If little dogs didn’t pee in the house, everyone would want one and puppy mill owners would exploit them even more.
To give us something to do
Everyone needs a purpose in life. There are worse things to do than following a Maltese around your apartment with a bottle of Nature’s Miracle. Just ask any reality tv star.
To give them something to do
One reason people get small dogs is because they need less exercise (ha!). So if you’re not getting regular walks, why not make up some dog sports of your own? Competitive pee aiming anyone?
To help the economy
The only time I buy paper towels is when I’m fostering a puppy or small dog. Multiply that by all the small dogs and puppies in the world and you’ve made a major economic impact.
To save the world
Maybe little dogs are so brilliant that if they weren’t peeing all over the house and pooping in shoes, they’d be conducting nuclear experiments and putting the entire planet at risk.
I’m not convinced. There must be another reason little dogs pee in the house. It’s time to look within.
Why Little Dogs Pee in My House
I’ve read some articles by veterinarians and trainers who insist that little dogs aren’t harder to house train. And if they pee in the house, it’s because of how they were raised.
- Instead of teaching them to walk to their pee spot, people constantly carry little dogs and they never develop the habit.
- People don’t sweat a volume of pee so small it won’t fill an eye dropper and poops the size of peanuts.
- Small dog breeders don’t provide large enough whelping boxes for puppies to relieve themselves far from where they eat and sleep.
- It’s harder to supervise the house training of little dogs because they can sneak off behind furniture more easily than big dogs. Once they have the habit of going in the house, it’s harder to break.
You know what? That makes sense. At least more sense than a Yorkie with a junior chemistry set working on nuclear fission.
That could explain why the small dogs I’ve fostered and pet sat aren’t 100% house trained.
But what can I do about it now?
Keeping Little Dogs From Peeing in My House
I don’t find schlepping a bottle of Nature’s Miracle around my house meaningful. I hate buying paper towels. And don’t get me started on the problems of storing nuclear waste.
I’m going to work harder on house training when I have a little dog staying in my house.
- Supervise them like they’re puppies, no matter how old they are, because they’re acting like puppies.
- Stop assuming they’ll tell me they need to go out and institute a schedule of outside breaks at regular times.
- Cut the grass. Maybe little dogs who get used to peeing on pee pads on kitchen and bathroom floors don’t like walking in tall grass. That would explain why so many of them pee on the sidewalk and other hard surface.
Hopefully, if I’m vigilant, the little dogs who stay with me will leave my house with better house training than they came to it.
And I’ll continue to find little dogs feisty, athletic, and adorable—assuming that if they pee in the house, it’s all my fault.
Your Turn: Are small dogs harder to house train? Or are the vets and trainers right that it’s all our fault?
photo credits: (Yorkie) tanakawho via photopin cc, (peeing dog) jondoeforty1 via photopin cc