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By 1 found this helpful
May 9, 2006

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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By guest (Guest Post)
May 19, 20060 found this helpful

It could be submissive peeing.I had a cockapoo that did the same thing.We found that with him if we kept him in another room where it was quiet until after the "daddy's home"excitement it was much less frequent. They also sell 'Belly bands"that help in keeping the floors and furniture dry (they are washable")

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 23, 20060 found this helpful

My dog pees when we are outside and someone, ANYONE pays attention to her. Why is that and how can I stop that. It's kinda embarrassing.

Can someone email me at alley_107 at with help, thanks!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 28, 20080 found this helpful

My dog has exactly the same problem. She is an Australian Terrier and pees whenever my husband walks in the door. When I come home she doesn't as I ignore her for quite sometime after I get home. I tell my husband to do this but he forgets. She will also pee if she knows I am going to take her for a walk or to put her outside. She will pee if strangers come over and bend down to pat her. I always put her outside while visitors are here for that reason. It can be quite frustrating and sometimes I do yell at her, but I know that she can't help it. I am taking her to vet anyway to see if there may be something wrong with her medically. For now I just have to know her triggers and work around it.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 4, 20080 found this helpful

My mini doxie did that when we came home because she would get so excited. We ignore her for at least a few minutes when we come in the door. After she settles down we can pet her and she won't do it then.

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January 16, 20120 found this helpful

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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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

I have heard that it works to turn your back on them when you come in; totally ignore them til they calm down. I just need to remember to do it. I just love it when Fifi is so excited to have me home! Thanks for reminding me! :o)

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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

I would certainly ask your Vet. It is a common problem. I had a friend with a puppy with this problem and it eventually went away. She is a Vet and considered it a sign of a submissive dog and was very pleased that the dog had that personality type (easier to train).

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January 21, 20120 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
May 3, 2010

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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May 4, 20100 found this helpful

Saw an episode of the Dog Whisperer concerning this. When you first enter your home, ignore the dog. Do not give him/her any attention until they are relaxed and no longer excited.

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May 5, 20100 found this helpful

Get her fixed no matter what the problem is with her peeing. You do not want a litter of puppies and then wonder what to do with them. All dogs should be fixed.

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May 6, 20100 found this helpful

Please don't ignore her; most puppies do this when excited. Don't worry, she'll soon grow out of it; just enjoy her:-))

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May 24, 20100 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
August 16, 2011

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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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

He is showing submission when he does this. They do make doggy diapers if all else fails.

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

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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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

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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August 15, 20130 found this helpful

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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August 17, 20130 found this helpful

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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March 29, 20150 found this helpful

My Beagle pees anytime I try to remove her from the couch or bed. I tell her come, but she doesn't move and if I go towards her she pees. What can I do?

By Dennis

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December 5, 20120 found this helpful

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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December 6, 20120 found this helpful

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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September 15, 20090 found this helpful

My neighbor has a blue heeler mix and everyday when I go over to her house, he will pee everywhere. I'm guessing he gets excited. It's not just me, everybody, even when she pets him. Is there any way to break him of this or if anyone has any tips I'd appreciate it, cause pee running down my leg is not very pleasant.

Leah from TX


Excited Dog Peeing in the House

When there is any kind of issue of concern with pets, it is best to consult with the experts (trainers, vets, etc.) Many Petsmarts have potty training classes that are $15 and even free in some places. Our pets depend on us for the best care possible. If we had a child with a problem, we would consult an expert. We should do the same for our pets. (08/13/2007)


Excited Dog Peeing in the House

I was watching that dog show with Ceasar Millan, and it caught my attention because my pup does the same thing. When my husband comes home, she runs to him and lays on her back and if my hubby rubs her belly or pets her, she lets it all out. Luckily we have tile throughout our house, but I remember him saying that when you get to where the dog is at, you need to kind of ignore it and let it calm down. Then you can greet it when they are not as excited. It seems to work in our case. (11/21/2007)

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August 7, 20070 found this helpful

My 13 week old puppy pees a lot when she gets excited, mostly when you just get home or just let her out of her kennel. I don't know how to get her to stop. Any suggestions?

Shannon from New York


Excited Dog Peeing in the House

It is normal and for some reasons females tend to do this more. Just reassure the doggie when you leave. When you crate doggie do it gradually and then be ready to get doggie outside IMMEDIATELY when you unlatch the crate. Submissive pee can be curtailed if you work it. My dog reacted to my soft high voice and got so excited she would pee then I learned to be firm voiced and reassure her and no more pee took me less than a week to get her to stop. Have to consistent. Good luck. (06/06/2006)

By meoowmom

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

We have 2 dogs. A Bull Terrier named Cody, -n- a Minature jack russell named Ziggy. Yes at times they get along great. How can we stop Ziggy from going to the bathroom in the house. Cody will go at times also. They are both house broken. We take them both out in the morning. Ziggy stays in the utility room and cody stays in the kitchen, than we go to work, and we are gone from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.


By busman

1year old pupppy thinks he can pee

have 1 year old puppy that thinks he can pee where ever he wants what can i do about that. he barks to go outside i let him out when not looking he pees on furniture, clothes what to do?

By linda potvin




Doggie peeing and fear of being crated

I am reading all of the feedback. Well, my 4yr old dachshund mix pees in the living room in the same spot. I am going to try the Nature's Miracle. THanks!

However, how do I reprimand him. We tried crating him...he ate the door lock and destroyed the cage. We put him in a separate room, he peed and pooed all over that room. I think he can't stand to be locked up. He used to go in the cage no problem but since we moved...different story.

How do I reprimand him? Right now, when we come home and he has peed we take him outside to the back yard but I don't th ink that is working.

HELP? (10/03/2006)

By Leslie

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

My husband and I are fostering a Dachshund mix. She is about 18 months old, and she still has accidents. At first we thought it was just when she was being let out of her crate, as we would see a little puddle in her crate and her feet were often wet. Recently however, she went into my kitchen and wet all over the floor. It was a large amount, too. I thought she would have been able to hold it, since she seems to be able to hold it overnight. Since these incidences, we have started to remove the water bowl in the evening.

We live in a duplex, that is a little beyond are means right now, and all the carpet is light beige. I can't afford to have her wet on the carpet! I have punished her for the wetting, and she will roll over onto her back, exposing her belly to me. She normally whines when she has to go out, but didn't on the occasion in my kitchen. She just sneaked in there when I wasn't looking - so it seems intentional. (Also, we have 2 of our own dogs. They are all trained not to go into the kitchen, so she has picked this up as well and knows not to go in there.)

Is this something that we can work out of her, or should we let people who are interested in her know that she may never outgrow this? (12/04/2006)

By Cyndi

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

Excited dog peeing is normal. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Follow the advice of not acting too excited, and make sure your guests do as well. I broke my 1 year shorty jack russell from this habit in about a month.

Just remember it is not cruel to not act excited over your dog for a few minutes.

By Shorty Jack

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

We have a 4 month old Chow Chow pup who we have tried all the tricks in the trade book to get him to stop peeing and pooping in the house. he spends his nights in the crate and he is good at not peeing in there. He spends most days in outside, but as soon as he gets int the house, he goes to the same spot and either pees or poops. we have tried Miracle spray but it doesnt seem to help. I dont know what to do at this point. Please help.

By james

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

Hello everyone, I have a 1 year old boston terrier, and he likes to pee in the house all the time. It seems like I have tried everything and nothing is working, any ideas? (04/30/2007)

By Steph

king charles pup 6 months pees and poos in the house

I have a king charles thats pees and poos in the house . You tell her toilet all the time and she stills does it in the house (05/02/2007)

By patricia

My dog is a very old cocker spaniel,her breath is starting to smell real bad,every time she eats or drinks she poops

What to do and what causes this (07/07/2007)


Excited Dog Peeing in the House

Excited peeing is puppy behavior. Every time you reprimand you are making it worse.

She doesn't really feel confident about what's going to happen next so by peeing she is basically saying "I am just a puppy, please dont hurt me" It's not something she thinks about doing, it's instinctual.

Don't worry, it doesn't mean that you have been unkind to her--she just lacks confidence.

For the things that she is getting excited about, like letting her out of the kennel. Give her a few moments to get used to you being there, don't make a fuss over her and then calmly open the door of the cage as though you were doing something normal. Turn your back even and speak to her in a calm everything-is-alright voice.

I am not a fan of kennel training at all, I prefer positive reinforcement. I know, for some people their carpets are more important than their animals. I am not one of them but I am not here to judge.

Notice how she acts in different situations where she pees and consider ways you can help her increase her confidence in these situations. Think like a puppy. She's still just a little kid.

Let her know everything is cool and dont make a deal out of it if she does pee at inappropriate times. Reward her when she does pee where you want her to. Be the calm one and your dog will learn from you.

Know that the most important thing is that she loves you.

It's wonderful having a puppy. So happy for you.


By Sheraone

Submissive Cocker

My son bought me as a birthday gift a cocker spaniel, I have one already so now have 2. My cocker puppy, Mia the latest edition is so sweet but people come in, she runs all over, I tell her no, have people ignore her, she runs to fortunately a "leather sofa" jumps up Pees, I am trying to catch her in order to stop the peeing and she is peeing while she is running.....I have put up a gate in the hall way, blocking the dogs not to come in while people are there or I just have to put a diaper on the youngest one. I am afraid for people coming over because of all of this peeing. I have tried many things, talked to the vet. I am lost on what to do. Need help, thank you. (07/23/2007)

By Diane

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

My husband is so frustrated with our 10 month old dachshund he wants to get rid of her. My 10 year old son is devastated. Our problem is that she pees in her kennel almost every night, and when new people come over she pees. My son went to pet her yesterday and she peed on my couch. Please help! Can this be fixed? Christina (07/30/2007)

By christina

Excited Dog Peeing in the House

My children found a abandoned 6 month old german shepherd, who is part of the family now and a really a wonderful dog. The only problem is that when some people get near her or try to put her leash on, she pees. Or if you walk up to her, she will lay down and pee. my husband is at his wits end but I think that there has to be a way to correct this. HELP!!!! Would love some ideas. (08/01/2007)

By nicoole


My girlfriend and I took in my dad's dog when he went into the hospital. I originally just wanted to get him healthy because he didn't get much to eat in the days before my dad went in.

My girlfriend fell in love with this dog which is about 16 weeks old. He's a blond lab and he pees every time you say his name.

I just made her get rid of the cat she brought into my house because it wouldn't stop peeing. It would pee no matter what. I tried white vinegar, different cat litters, and everything the vet suggested. So now that cat lives with her mom.

I'm reading this could take a MONTH to break? This dog was afraid of everything. We've only had him 2 weeks but I've managed to make him comfortable and not so afraid.

We have a fully trained Jack Russell that is well behaved.

However, if this is going to take a month, then I can't handle that. I'm stressed out over my dad and I just bought this house. I don't have time to take care of pets and what my girlfriend considers cleaning up I consider surface cleaning and not doing the job fully. If he pees, it needs to be shampooed right away to keep it from soaking in. Some of my floors are hard wood under areas of carpet and I don't want that damaged.

I'm going to try to give him rewards before he has a chance to pee. For instance, if I say his name he'll pee. So I'll show him the treat and give it to him as I say his name. But if that doesn't work and work quickly, he's outta here. (08/02/2007)

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