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Dog Won't Pee On Walks

Dog Won't Pee On Walks

Walks are a fun time for your dog to explore the world, get proper socialization, and, most importantly, go potty – but sometimes, that doesn’t come naturally to our dogs. There could be a few different reasons why your dog won’t pee on walks, but with time, patience, and lots of positive reinforcement, you can get your dog to potty on walks. Each dog is different, but there are three common reasons that your dog won’t pee on walks: routine, excitement, and anxiety. 


Our dogs thrive with structure, but sometimes that means they can get too set in their ways. This is especially true if you have taught them to potty on pee pads or other areas in the house. They may think this is the only place they can pee. 

Dogs have heightened senses of smell, so they are drawn to the areas they have peed previously. They are marking their territory, so if you have not properly cleaned up their potties, this too could be drawing them to only pee in a certain spot. 


Once our dogs get outside, there is a lot for them to experience! Your dog may be so excited by the sights and smells that they simply forget to pee. They want to take it all in, and they don’t want to miss one minute by peeing. 

This excitement may wane, especially if you take the same path each day. The more they get used to their surroundings, the more they – and their bladders – will calm down enough to pee while on a walk. 


Dogs that are highly anxious may have difficulty peeing on walks. They may be too nervous to go potty on walks because they fear their surroundings or are not used to their leash. There may be something that startled them previously on a walk, and they remember.

This anxiety should lessen as you increase their socialization, helping them become acclimated to their surroundings. Much like over-excitement, as you take the same path each day, your dog should become more comfortable over time. 

How to Get Your Dog to Pee on Walks 

No matter how your dog is feeling, you can get them to pee on walks with time and practice. Dogs thrive with positive reinforcement, so make sure you have lots of praise and treats ready. When your dog goes potty, make sure to exclaim “yes” or call them a good girl or boy. After they are done, make sure to give them a treat. Over time, they will begin to associate going pee on walks with a treat or praise, and they want to make you happy. 

If your dog is still having an issue, it could be they are scared of something on the walk, or there are too many stimuli for them to focus on. If this is the case, consider taking a new route. This can help them focus – just make sure you give them time to sniff around. 

As you walk your dog more and they observe other dogs going potty on walks, they will learn to pee on walks themselves. 

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