Excited Dog Peeing in the House

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Please let my start off by saying that this a really great board and I value you all for your opinions greatly.
I have a 6 month old female shih Tzu, who is a really great dog except for one small thing when she gets overly excited she pees on herself (vets says she is as healthy as a horse). Take tonight for example, hubby walked as usual, where she peed twice and did poop once, she came upstairs and started running around with the cat and before you we knew it she peed on the sofa, all within a space of a 20 minute time period once she came upstairs, do you guys have a reason as to why she might be doing this and any suggestions on how to stop it?
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Excited Dog Peeing in the House 08/23/2004
Our dog does the same thing! Someone suggested we try changing her food (she's a beagle). It did not work. It is random, all over, sometimes once a day, sometimes 7 times! Look forward to seeing feedback!
By kathy (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 08/23/2004
Most dog trainers would tell you to go back to house training from the beginning. Crate your dog, TAKE her outside immediately after her nap, eating, playing, before bed and when she wakes in the morning. Tell her "what a GOOD dog" she is when she does eliminate outside and ignore it when she has an accident. She is still very young and probably hasn't learned full control yet. It will come but she needs practice.
By Randiann. (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 08/23/2004
Our dog is 4 years old and he has been peeing when excited or scared (putting on Advantage, told to get off the couch) and when people come in. Our vet said that a lot of dogs do not outgrow this., it is a "sign of subservience". Nothing we have tried has helped. Our vet recommended that we have his urine tested and there was nothing wrong with him physically. But we love him so much we just tolerate his little 'piddles' and so do our friends!! We have noticed that he seems to do this to several certain people that he knows well and not just anyone who comes into the house (unless he senses I'm frightened then he growls and wets!!)
By Sas-E-Sheri (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 08/29/2004
Don't make a fuss when entering or leaving the house. Say a quiet goodbye and act as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening. This is a simple matter of being over stimulated. Don't make a big fuss, and kiss and hug when you come home, gently pat the dog and say hello and walk off. Many breeds get overexcited in a normal day, they don't need any extra excitement!
By Robyn (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 10/06/2004
I have a 14 month old cocker spaniel. I've had her since she was 4 months. And she has the same problem with peeing. Every time I come home she jumps up and down and runs all around. And when I lean down to pet her she goes pee all over. Sometimes sprinkled everywhere or just one big puddle. I was told that I should not touch her until she has calmed down and I have taken her outside to go to the bathroom.
By Smilez28
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 01/27/2006
I too have a 4 month old shih poo who continues to pee pee anywhere at anytime. I went to purchase the much needed apparel and found it to be too costly. Now i have found a working solution for yahtzy and myself. I purchased infant diapers, cut a hole for his tail. This solved the problem. When i take him for his walk. Or he is in his playpen and also at bedtime no diaper. Only when he is free to run and play in my home. This has also been great for rainy days when it is impossible to go out! Good luck! ( Be sure to measure the length that needs to be covered, in order to get the right size.)
By JUDY (Guest Post)
A SOLUTION! 02/09/2006
Giving a dog that was not properly housebroken or trained a diaper to wear, not only perpetuates the problem, it encourages it. Here's the REAL solution to the problem. My dogs did this for months after our move to our new home.

When family and friends come to visit, instead of petting and playing with your dog, they should ignore the little guy for several minutes or until he has calmed down. Once he's standing or sitting serenely, they can try some placid petting. They should start with slow, even strokes paired either with silence or soft, soothing speech.

If the pup lets loose at this stage, the petting session started too soon, was too exuberant, or lasted too long. Petters should gauge his behavior. If the dog starts to wiggle and squirm in excitement they should quickly remove their attention and treat him as if he doesn't exist. Then as soon as he's still, they can reward him with petting.

Expect immediate accidents the first few times because your dog is used to his old routine: friends, greet excitedly, and urinate. But, surprisingly, if all greeters stick to the new routine, the piddling problem might be solved in only a handful of sessions. Meanwhile, if you fear for the safety of your family's floors, you can hold the first few sessions outside.

By Joy (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 02/23/2006
I have found that whenever a guest comes over or the dog is excited because someone is here, she pees as well.

A good solution is to just ignore the dog until he or she has calmed down, then pet it. After about 2 months of doing this, the problem should get better!

By dani (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 03/01/2006
We are fostering a dog who was abused in the past. If anyone including me and my husband go near her, she pees. It doesn't matter how much she pees outside. She is housebroken. When she needs to go she lets us know by waiting at the door.
By Jennifer (Guest Post)
3 year old dog peeing in the living room that cannot be locked 03/10/2006
Did you really mean that the dog was trained to pee in the garden once a day only? If yes then no wonder the dog is peeing in the house! Hopefully this was a mistake in your typing!
By Simone (Guest Post)
Excited Dog Peeing in the House 03/11/2006
I'm not sure I could stand to have dog pee all over my house. How about asking a trainer or handler at one of the pet stores or on-line for advice. This is not, I repeat not, normal. Submissive urination could be a factor. Answers are out there. Diapers are not the solution except maybe for a very old, beloved dog who just can't help it. We have raised house dogs for years and never had one we couldn't reliably housebreak. Even if the advice from a pro "seems" cruel try it for 3 months.
By Vicka

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