If your dog is urinating in the house, it can be for several possible reasons:
1) Your dog is suffering from extreme seperation anxiety.
2) Your dog is left alone longer than you can expect your dog to hold its bladder.
3) Your dog is not fully house trained.
4) Your dog has a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection (be sure to see a vet to rule out this possibility, particularly with elder dogs who could be experiencing issues of incontinence).
Regardless of why your dog is urinating in the house, dogs can be properly house trained at any age when following these house training rules:
Take your dog out, once per hour, on leash, to the same location, even if it does not have to go (I stand in one place and will only move by turning in a circle).
Once your dog is successfully house trained, you can eliminate the leash and they should continue to go in the same location (provided the area is kept clean, otherwise they’ll eliminate further from it each time).
When your dog successfully eliminates, condition your dog they did a good thing by rewarding them with a tasty treat, toy or play their favorite game with them. If in an enclosed area, you may unsnap the leash and allow off leash time.
When house training a new puppy, DO NOT rub their nose in the area they’ve eliminated. They will not make the association that going in the house is not okay, especially when it is minutes to hours later.
It’s a myth that dogs have a guilty look when they’ve done something bad. In fact they’re actually becoming fearful of you or the event that typically takes place after they’ve eliminated (such as rubbing their nose in it).
Instead, if you are able to catch your puppy in the act, immediately pick them up and take them to the area you’ve been taking them to, even if they do not have to go anymore.
Be sure to look for signs your dog has to go out such as sniffing the floor or door used for access outside.
Patience and consistency is the key to all dog training. Crate training may also assist in house training. Follow these tips and your dog will be house trained in no time. When it doubt, please consult a professional.