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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


May 9, 20060 found this helpful

That sounds like nervousness; is he rough with her, intentionally or not? Animals can sense when one doesn't like them....My husband is not a cat lover, and when he was home alone with the cat, she never came out, even pooped under the bed. My husband grew to accept her, and they formed a respectful dislike for each other. You need to dwell deep in your heart, and if you have a close friend or family to give it too, please consider.

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By Cindy Adler (Guest Post)
May 10, 20060 found this helpful

Use Belly bands if it is a boy. Is your doxie neutered/spayed?
I agree with the nervousness. Perhaps your dog could be taken out for a walk around the time your hubby comes home? Then when you return, hubby is there waiting to greet your doxie!


He should try to develop a positive relationship with the little one. Maybe giving treats and saying postive things when the doxie is good. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Perhaps dog obedience training would work?

The last resort would be finding a Dachshund Rescue to take your doxie. DO NOT SEND TO A SHELTER!

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May 10, 20060 found this helpful

When he comes in does he bend over to pet her immediately? Our cocker used to squat and pee as soon as people came in the door, but they usually would pet her immediately. We were told to totally ignore her when coming into the house and then she wouldn't get so excited. It seemed that as we would bend over to pet her she formed almost a submissive stance and would squat and pee.

Try to ignore her as you come in...don't even look at her for a few minutes. Let us know if that works for you also.

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May 10, 20060 found this helpful

My son and daughter-in-law's dog does the same thing when she's excited to see's always people she likes. Their solution has been to allow the dog to greet the person outside. It works for them....and she's actually gotten better.

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May 10, 20060 found this helpful

It's a Doxie thing; mine is 4 years old and although it is much better than when she was a puppy, when she gets excited upon seeing someone she knows, she will pee alittle. As others before me suggested, don't bend down to greet her, just acknowledge her by name and go on with whatever you were doing.


It will get better, but may never go completely away. Don't get rid of her, there sweet personalities and fun-loving attitudes more than make up for the submissive peeing issue.

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By jgl7777 (Guest Post)
May 10, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for your suggestions!
My husband doesn't like her and yells when she pees so it doesn't help the situation.
She is very sweet and very funny and gets along very well with our sheltie. Both are females.

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May 10, 20060 found this helpful

Animals will get nervous and exhibit behaviors like that, just when they expect the source. It's like a vicous circle. If he is okay with the sheltie, maybe talk him into building a relationship with her. My DH and late cat finally did, after a couple of years. Sometimes the vibes we send out can affect animals, and we don't even know it! If it is excited pee, I agree with the others, but my big dog has had shock from repetitive loud noises where he trickled pee, and we had to take precautions for that.

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

This animal KNOWS hubby doesnt want to keep her. Shes afraid. Thats why she wets inappropriately...

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May 11, 20060 found this helpful

Poor baby...she is just so excited that Daddy's home! She loves him but then he yells at her :o(


Why not ,when you hear his car, bring her outside or in the garage so she does her tinkles there? She does not know what she is doing wrong if he yells and gets upset, she just becomes more upset herself. She is still a puppy.Give her some help. :o)
Or call your vet, I'm sure he has suggestions as well.

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By Susan in Oregon (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

I met a lady recently with a mini dachshund puppy. She was telling me that she has chosen this specific dog because those she'd had in the past had bathroom problems, mostly urinating. She told me that it was a genetic gene in dachshunds ( I didn't know that) and that she'd found out about her current puppies parents and their parents, if they had urinating problems, before she committed to a dachshund. This is probably a situation that the dog doesn't like either and is beyond it's control. Of course stressing the dog by knowing your husband doesn't like it isn't going to help either. Even if your husband doesn't like the dog, if the dog thinks he does things will be better. Thank you for loving your little dog!!

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By Susan in Oregon (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

Too bad you're in Ohio and I'm in Oregon. I'd love to have another mini doxie.


Mine died a year ago at 17. They are wonderfully loving little dogs with huge personalities.

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By Ellie (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with the answers you have already. Dogs can pee because they are excited/happy to see someone, or because that someone makes them feel unpleasantly nervous! It's sad that your husband doesn't like her,she of course is aware of that and she sounds so sweet.
I hope some of the suggestions help.

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May 11, 20060 found this helpful

She probably thinks he's the alpha dog.

"Submissive urination is the ultimate show of respect and deference for higher rank. It occurs frequently with young puppies who have not yet learned and perfected other social skills and means of showing respect."

When he pays attention to her, she wants to show him she is submissive. The best thing for him to do is not pay attention for the first few minutes after he comes home. Also, keeping her outside when he comes home or somewhere where it won't hurt if she pees would be good and have him greet her there.


Tell him, it's because she adores him and thinks he's the head honcho, that might help him understand it.

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By Lois (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

My Chihuahua done the same thing she would get so excied to see people she loves everyone and is very sweet ,after she has got older she no longer pees when people start paying attention to her.I have heard that some dogs will pee when someone they really love comes home they are so excited to see them.Give the little Dog time to see if she will over come this problem

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May 11, 20060 found this helpful

All of these suggestions are great, but I just remembered, dogs can hear their owners cars from at least one mile away, maybe longer depending on other sounds (sorry, lack of) so keep track of her behavior at certain times, or talk to hub on cell phone when she acts "off." My dog perked up and ran to the window when my husband was two miles from the house, when we lived in the country. That was at a time after major traffic went through, so it was quieter. He also gets home on a regular schedule, and dogs seem to sense that too. I "hear about it" if hubby comes home late, too bad it's at 6 am! Off the subject, I stayed at my mom's farm for a month, and my youngest son (6 months at the time) remembered the sound of my mom's car and started getting excited and looking at the door when she would pass on the road and turn into the driveway! AMAZING!

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May 11, 20060 found this helpful

Hope this is of help to you.

From your question, I'm not sure whether this is submissive urination or excitement. Submissive urination is made worse by punishment--and that includes any form of disapproval from you when the dog does it. It is a nearly involuntary reaction on the part of a submissive dog, in the presence of a person the dog perceives as dominant. If the person shows displeasure at the urination, that makes the dog even MORE submissive to that person, hence the problem gets worse.

If that is the situation, you need to ignore it when the dog does it, and try not to greet the dog when you first get home. You just keep walking and walk the dog straight outside without stopping your feet, bending over, or talking to the dog. After the dog has relieved outside, then you can greet.

Whether or not this is submissive urination, it can involve a urinary tract infection. When a dog has a tendency to submissively urinate, an infection will make it happen more easily, and can make the problem persist past the time the dog would normally outgrow it. When a dog has a urinary tract infection, control can be more difficult, and urination can happen from excitement, too.

So, look at how you are handling the dog as well as what is happening when she has these accidents. If she ever wets when she is asleep, that's another sign of infection. Frequent urination can also be a symptom of infection. That can be checked by taking the dog to urinate on leash, then as she starts to go, slipping a clean pie pan or soup ladle under her to catch it. Pour the urine into a clean jar, and take to the veterinarian for analysis while it is still fresh. This is less expensive than a sample collected by the veterinarian, and less stress on the dog. In some cases it will not be sterile enough, but in many cases it will be adequate to determine whether or not the dog needs to be on antibiotics.

It takes time to clear up these infections with antibiotics, and often they are discontinued too soon. To give you an idea, I had a dog with a urinary tract infection who took 4 to 6 weeks of antibiotics, and had about six urine checks. The veterinarian changed the medication twice, when the lab work indicated the antibiotic was not working. She did not have a recurrence of that infection. Often dogs who are given one antibiotic for a week or ten days will have a recurrence, and if the owner doesn't bring the dog back in, serious damage can result.

Besides the handling mentioned above, and checking for infection, giving the dog positive, reward-based obedience training will improve her confidence. That is an excellent antidote to submissive urination.

If she were older, another possibility would be the urinary incontinence that sometimes happens to female dogs. But that's not likely at her age.

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May 12, 20060 found this helpful


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May 14, 20060 found this helpful

I shouldn't say this but I laughed when I read that! It just struck me very funny! Sounds like a bad problem. If you can't figure out a way to stop it, I'm with your husband. I could not tolerate something like that for very long. We had cats for many many years before we adopted 2 beautiful children. We had a cat that started peeing in the house. It was just the pitts to say the least. I loved her and would not have gotten rid of her and altho I was sad when she died, can't say I miss her peeing in the house!

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May 15, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for all your help!
I will keep you updated on how we are getting along.
So far I am trying to be outside with her when HE comes home (LOL). I think I will also check on the kidney infection to see if that is a problem.

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By Claudia- Baltimore (Guest Post)
May 16, 20060 found this helpful

I also have owned 3 mini doxies (LH). I agree that this sounds like submissive urination. One of my males still does this if I pay too much attention to him when I say goodbye before I go to work. My other male flops on his back to show submission. At first, I thought these two rescue dogs had been abused in their former homes, but others tell me that is not necessarily the case. It's just part of establishing/respecting the 'pecking order.'

Like Cesar Millan says, "No touch, no talk, no eye contact, no affection" until she settles down. Good luck- This is a great breed!

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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.

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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, 2007

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)

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.


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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

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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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