Submissive & Excitement Urination

This subject is one close to home. My dog Ryder’s nick name is “Mr. Pee Body.” Some dogs will urinate submissively or because of excitement. This often happens upon first meeting a person, but can also happen each time you or a guest greets your dog. This can certainly become problematic when tryinImageg to keep your home clean.

Why does this happen? Some dogs are more prone to this type of urination than others. Confident dogs are less likely to do submissive urination, and dogs who are not exciteable are also less likely. It often has a lot to do with genetics, with lack of muscular control of the bladder and/or behaviorally (mom or dad was submissive or a submissive peeing dog). Ryder’s seems to be due to a lack of muscular control as he exhibits it submissively, excitedly, and sometimes seems to just loose control randomly. I would say I most often have seen Cocker Spaniels and Golden Doodles in private training for his behavior. No matter the reason, punishing a dog for this behavior will make it worse, not better.

What do you do? There are several things I like to do to change this behavior. First, I like to start off with teaching the dog how to greet people calmly. This often involves teaching them to go to a place and stay there for the first few minutes a guest (or the owner) is there, as well as removing the dog immedately from a person when over excited greeting begins.

The second thing I like to do is take the dogs mind off of the social pressure they may be feeling when greeting someone. This can be accomplished by giving the dog a treat, bone, or toy as a greeting rather than immediately petting and sharing affection. The petting can be saved for a time when the person is seated or when the greeting is happening in a much calmer way.

The training also involves teaching guests how to greet the dog calmly, without direct eye contact, speaking calmly (not excitedly), and generally maintaining a calm and somewhat aloof attitude until the dog is completely comfortable. All of these things combined can significantly reduce it not eliminate this type of urination.

As with any training, the sooner you address the problem, the more likely you will be able to fix it and the process will be much faster. Contact a trainer for help if needed and keep in mind that urinary tract infections & kidney issues can often cause urination issues as well, so don’t be afraid to see your vet if this is a problem.


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