Why do dogs sniff before they pee?

In: Urination

Why do dogs sniff before they pee?

It has been every dog's ritual to sniff the ground or the floor first before getting down to business. But have you ever asked yourself what is up with the sniffing, anyway? The answer? It's their way of communicating.

"Scent marking is one of the most amazing instinctual behavior of dogs. Your fur baby deposits his own odor in his pee (or poop) in his surroundings to mark it's his territory or to make a statement."

Here we've come up with a thorough explanation on why dogs sniff before they pee and things you can actually do to keep yourself sane (in case your fur-baby decides to pee in your house over and over again).

Getting Down to Business

Sleeping Dog

Scent marking is one of the most amazing instinctual behavior of dogs.

Your fur baby deposits his own odor in his pee (or poop) in his surroundings to mark it's his territory or to make a statement.

Dogs who come upon your dog's pee are able to determine a lot about your fur-baby - how long they stayed in the area, if your fur-baby is in heat, and since dogs oftentimes pee when they are scared, it can also serve as an alert warning for danger for other dogs who come across it.

This is particularly the main reason why house training problems are annoying most pet parents. Our dogs will pee at a specific spot in the house and we attempt to clean the mess by using the common house cleaning products found in our house, only for our dogs to pee on that area again. Let's admit it, it drives us insane most of the time.

But why? Well, it's because ordinary housecleaning products may clean up the yellow pee puddle but it will not remove the pee smell and that's why our dogs urinate there again.

Solving the Problem

You know your dog best and you know the signs when he's about to pee. Aside from constantly sniffing, he may:

  • display an uncharacteristically antsy and fidgety manner
  • whimper
  • cry a little to express his lack of comfort
  • begin circling
  • scratch or paw at the door
  • return to a previously soiled area in the house

Crazy, messy pee cleanups can be stressful especially if your fur-baby constantly pee in places he shouldn't.

Use pet stain remover products. As mentioned, ordinary housecleaning products may clean the puddle but can't remove the urine odor. To prevent your dog from peeing over and over again in a specific area, use cleaning products that are specifically made to remove pee stain and odor.

Let your fur-baby wear diapers. If you don't want to deal with the cleaning at all, you can opt to have your fur-baby wear dog diapers or dog belly bands. Pet Parents® washable diapers for dogs were designed to prevent accidents from turning into messes.

Sniffing before peeing is an innate nature in dogs but you really don't have to stress out so much about it especially when there are efficient ways for your fur-baby to avoid soiling the house and for the both of you to live a happier and stress-free life without those messy clean-ups!

"To prevent your dog from peeing over and over again in a specific area, use cleaning products that are specifically made to remove pee stain and odor."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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