I have an 8 month old male German Shorthair puppy. He is a big dog in size yet still has the heart of a puppy. I have never had this problem with a dog before. I crate trained him from day one and he has had a few "deliberate" accidents in the home. I am blessed to have flexible work hours and am able to do much of it at home so I spend a lot of time with him.
During the day he can go in and out of the house as needed. He has responded to hand signals and verbal requests since about 12 weeks of age and learns new things very quickly. The one thing he does is to pee either while standing still or walking. He does not raise his leg or squat while doing this. He just goes. It is almost as if he does not realize that he is doing this. He is a very loving animal and checks in often to give hugs and kisses.
Last night while getting his hug he urinated on me and his blanket. It was a while before I even noticed. He hikes when taken outside or on walks so I am confused as to whether he is marking or if he just does it when he is excited. My husband of course is not very happy with this and I do not want the dog to be banned from the house so any advice or suggestions I will be very grateful to receive. Thank you so much.
By lostinthe from MO
I would have him checked out at the vet and tell the vet he is peeing when he does not mean to.
I wonder if he knows when he is doing the pee thing, it sounds like it just falls out of him and he doesn't notice it. The vet might be able to tell you more after an examination of the dog. Please give the dog a gentle pet for me.
Then if everything is normal go to leerburg.com and put in "housetraining" in the search bar. There are free articles and ebooks along with videos you can buy on dog training. He is very smart.
Blessings, Robyn (05/07/2009)
Congrats on your purchase of your German Shorthair. I had one as a teenager and loved it. Chocolate brown and 4 white paws, with a white star on it's forehead. Your problem seems to be with a pup with an excitable bladder. Lucky you are that puppy doesn't flip over on his back before presenting "ole faithful" as my neighbor's dog did for all his life. They loved him too much to get rid of him.
Perhaps your vet can prescribe a medication like the human Detrol, but I doubt it. Some dogs just get so happy and excited that they just can't hold it. It's a judgment call as to whether or not you will put up with it or not. Doggie Diapers may be your only hope should you decide to keep him. Females seldom experience the difficulty. As an author of dog related books and career trainer in the same vein and having worked with dogs extensively (36 years) I have only experienced the problem 3 times.
Good luck. Let us know if the problem is ever solved. (05/07/2009)
I believe if it were intentional he would be hiking his leg on certain objects, not just letting it go. My little dog, who is also 8 months, will pee (more like dribble) in spurts when he is very excited, but he also intentionally pees (or did til we got him fixed) on any article of clothing found laying in the floor such as in my daughter's disaster of a room. When he did that though he hiked his leg to do so.
I second the motion for a vet visit and explain how he seems to not notice he is going at those times just to be on the safe side. Maybe he has a little urinary tract infection, never know. Good luck.
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