Submissive Urination & What To Do When Your Puppy Pees When Excited

Submissive Urination And What To Do When Your Puppy Pees When Excited

So your puppy is doing great at house training, however they sometimes may show excitement urination by leaving dribbles or puddles of pee at your feet when you come home or when they greet you. This is totally normal behavior for some puppies to urinate when they become excited.

“Excitement urination” usually occurs in puppies and is caused by a lack of bladder control. In this case, the puppy is unaware that they are urinating, so any punishment for doing so will only confuse them. Since they do not know why you are angry, the excitement urination will quickly become a submissive act in an attempt to appease you.

As your puppy matures, grows and develops bladder control, the problem will usually disappear. However, in the meantime, it is probably a good idea to help do something that stops your puppy excitement urinating in the first place.

You can do this by exposing the puppy to the thing that gets them initially worked up. Most likely, your puppy will get excited and start urinating when you get home from work. If this is the case, simply ignore them for several minutes before you greet your puppy calmly and softly. Don’t even look at him or her. Your puppy will know when you return home by being in the house, so it’ll be no surprise when you come and greet them.

Then leave again for a few minutes, return and then ignore him. Repeat this process over and over again until your puppy is no longer excited and then is actually bored by the whole thing.

When visitors arrive in your house, and excitement urination is a problem, get them to do the same thing as well. Most of the time your puppy will grow out of this stage, so it won’t be forever.

When your puppy has calmed down and is no longer excited when you come in, then very quietly and gently say hello to them. If any signs of excitement urination begin, then quickly exit the room, and repeat the same process above.

Remember to ignore all signs of excitement urination and never get angry or yell at your pet when it occurs. This is vitally important.


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