Dog Pees in the House When Excited

Some dogs can accidentally pee when they become excited. This is a guide about what to do if a dog pees in the house when excited.

Dog Pees in the House When Excited
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I have a 1 year old miniature dachshund that urinates every time my husband comes home. He wants us to get rid of her and I want to keep her. Any ideas?

jgl7777 from Cincinnati, OH

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My dog, she is a black lab, about 6 or 7 years old, has peed in my room a few times now. I always yell at her and today she was walking and pee was dripping down from her tail. Also, when she was sleeping her whole area was wet. Is she sick or just getting old?

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We adopted two wonderful Poms from a shelter/rescue center. One of them took to the doggie door immediately while the other one is still not there. The problem we are having is that one of them pees when he is happy or gets excited (which is all the time)! What can I do to fix this? I am distraught at this time and if we are not able to get him trained to not pee all over my house we will have to give him back. This is be terrible for both our Pom as well as ourselves as we already love him so much. Any suggestions or have any of you gone through this with success?


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My little Pomeranian use to pee when anyone would come into the room. This is a dog's way of saying "I'm friendly, please don't hurt me." When my little pom would start to pee I would gently put my hand on her tummy, and lift her tummy. She would stop peeing. Do not use words, just stay very calm because dogs pick up on your energy.

Do not scold your dog cause that will make matters worse. She quickly learned that no body was going to her, and she stopped peeing.

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My 14 week old Chi-poo puppy gets so excited when my dad gets home that she pees on the floor. She only does that to him. Any idea's how to stop this from happening? And will getting her fixed help this problem too?

By Loni from Bella Vista, AR

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I had a Pomeranian who use to pee when people came in the room. This is a very submissive way of saying "please don't hurt me, I'm friendly". I would gently put my hand under her tummy and lift her tummy and that would make her stop peeing. It didn't take long for her to understand that no body was going to hurt her and she stopped peeing. Hope this helps.

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Is it normal for a Jack Russell to pee when excited? He will pee if you pet him or even talk to him. I do not know what to do, and we have carpet in the house. He jumps on the bed when the grandsons come over and pees on the bed, and gets on the furniture and pees too, what can I do? I love him to pieces but am so very frustrated

By Cindy B

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My dog used to do this, usually when we come in the house and she was excited that we came home. We learned to ignore her, no touch, no talk, no eye contact, for maybe 10 minutes, then she would be calm enough and didn't pee.

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My Dachshund is a 2 year old male. He keeps on urinating when he gets excited or if we scold him? I had asked a doctor about this problem and he told me it would go away when became one and a half years old, but it still didn't stop. Please help me.

By Ayush

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I had a Pom that use to do this. While she was peeing, all I did was gently put my hand on her tummy and gently lift her to her feet. It didn't take long for my little girl to stop peeing.

Do not scold your little dog. In doggy language they are saying, Please don't hurt me, I am friendly." Believe me this will stop if you do it gently and with much love.

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I have a 7 month old Dachshund that pees every time someone comes over. He also pees most of the time when he is spoken to. How can this be stopped?

By Karen

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Submissive urination is a dog's uncontrollable, instinctive reaction to the presence of another dog or human that they feel is superior or is intimidating to them. It is a subconscious response that cannot be controlled. It is not a housebreaking issue, although it is more likely to happen when the bladder is full. It can often be a reaction to a specific action such as putting a leash on the dog or simply leaning down to stroke him.

Excited urination is different in that a puppy will usually grow out of this reaction. Submissive urination, however, often has to be overcome though training. Dogs read body language extremely well and we, as owners, sometimes give off the incorrect signals, resulting in the dog offering submissive gestures such as urination. Fear, lack of confidence, sensitivity, confusion and nervousness can result in submissive urination in older dogs as well. It can also be triggered through inappropriate punishment, although this does not always have to be the case.

You should never punish submissive urination. It will only make it problem worse. It is important to remember that your reaction and body language to the problem can intensify it, so be sure not to cause fear or anxiety for your dog.

There are many things we can do to minimize submissive urination. The main training goal is to build confidence and to redirect the dogs mind to other actions than urinating when concerned or excited.

Here are a few things that can help.

 Dont punish your dog for urinating.

Don't attempt to reassure your dog or reinforce his actions by saying Its Ok or talking in a sweet voice. Keep quiet but relaxed. Ignore his body posturing behavior.

Familiarize him gradually in small stages with noises, people, and other dogs.

Dont rush him into situations and experiences. Move closer to situations that may concern him only as he shows confidence. The same with noises or any other stimulus that may concern him. Build up gradually.

Do basic obedience training and do it in a way that is not confrontational. Make it fun and confidence building.

Use a crate when you cannot supervise or when you are away. Put his crate near a door that allows him quickly outside to an enclosed area. In this way you can get him outside to go to the bathroom with the potential of avoiding an accident.

Take him out regularly to do his business so his bladder will not build up pressure.

Do not go straight to his crate when entering a room.

When arriving home do not go straight to him and let him out. Allow him to calm down first.

If he has been out to do his business and is once more back in the crate, smile and wave at him in the crate occasionally as you walk past.

When you go to the crate to let him out do so quietly and don't talk to him.

Bend down at the knees to undo the crate and do not lean over it or your dog.

If he urinates dont say anything, get him outside and then clean up without him seeing you do this.

When out in the yard, do not call him up to you but walk slowly around with him. Give him a command to urinate and praise him calmly using voice only when he does.

Do everything slowly and work at making your body language calm and unconcerned. Keep verbal volume low.

Be non-threatening. Dont lean over him but get down to his level kneeling or sitting on the floor. Dont stare at him or show displeasure no matter how you feel. If he is a naughty dog and is not very obedient, put him on a leash the moment he has urinated outside. Find ways to avoid him doing wrong and help him to do right so he can be praised and then gain confidence in you and himself. If you can avoid the situations where he does wrong and put him in situations to do right then you can build more praise into the day and his confidence will grow.

Spend time sitting with him by your side on a leash.

Take him for walks where he can gradually be exposed to the situations that trigger his urination.

Train friends and people you meet to train him. Ask them to only calmly smile and slowly wave. They are to remain calm and quiet, dont stare, stand sideways to him (do not directly face him) and talk in a calm voice with you. If they have dogs, they should keep their dog under control and at a distance. Their dog does not need to greet yours.

Avoid situations and people that you cannot control until your dog is learning to control himself and gain confidence.

Submissive urination is annoying and frustrating, but exhibiting these emotions to your dog only makes it worse. With a little planning and adjusting your attitude, you can minimize and overcome the problem.

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