Why Does My 6 Month Old Puppy Pee When She Gets Excited?


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It is often known as submissive urinating
. Believe it or not, this is not a house-training problem. It has to do with some normal canine behavior patterns that you can and should deal with in a positive way.

Dogs are instinctively programmed to accept the authority of creatures (animal and human) that they consider to be superior to them. They seek the approval of their superiors and are eager to please them. Many dog owners prefer a dog who is submissive to people and eager to please, and selective breeding has produced many domestic dogs with this characteristic.

Some dogs are more submissive than others. Very submissive dogs, shy dogs that lack self-confidence and often young pups will urinate when in the presence of more dominant dogs and humans. It's their instinctive way of telling the superior "You are my Supreme Master. Your wish is my command. Please don't hurt me!"

Puppies usually outgrow this behavior as they mature. Dogs who are naturally shy, insecure, extremely submissive, or who have been abused may continue to exhibit submission in this way even as adults. It is generally an involuntary, subconscious reflex. The dog isn't deliberately trying to do it. As a matter of fact, he may not even be aware that he's doing it at the time!

Many dog owners mistakenly believe that this type of urination is a house-training problem, and try to correct it with discipline. To their dismay and frustration, rather than improving, the dog's problem gets worse! Because the message he's sending is misunderstood by the owner, the dog is caught in a vicious cycle - his instincts tell him to urinate to please his superior by showing submission. But when he does, he is punished. He then tries harder to please by urinating even more. This results in more punishment, and still more urination. After a time, the dog may become so confused and insecure that he urinates at the mere sight of a human being or another dog.

If discipline won't solve the problem, what will? Your task is to take the excitement and stress out of the periods that previously triggered submissive urination. Get cooperation from all members of the family. When you first get home, you can anticipate that the dog will get excited and urinate so you need to minimize the excitement. Instead of an enthusiastic greeting to your dog, quietly walk in the door and go about your business. Let him outside to pee as usual, but without any fanfare. If you talk to him at all, just say "Hi Rover" in a calm, casual tone of voice. Don't make eye contact with him or pet him. After he settles down, very gently crouch down to his level presenting to him sideways (this makes you very non-threatening), then calmly and quietly praise him and tell him he's good. Be sure to tell your family and visitors to do the same.

Do everything you can to boost your dog's confidence. As he becomes more confident, he may feel less of a need to display extreme submissive behavior:

Positive reinforcement obedience training does wonders for a dog's confidence! An untrained dog is doesn't know how to communicate with humans or how to behave, but the trained dog understands what's expected of him, and the words you say to him. He's confident because he has the tools with which to please his superiors.

Socialization at training classes, dog daycare, at the park, or just going with you on errands and to visit friends can do wonders for your dog's confidence. Have guests over who are willing to help out with this problem.

Agility training is another wonderfully fun way to boost your dog's confidence using physical obstacles and mental stimulation as well as new human words to understand and obey.

Incorporate basic obedience (Sit, Stay, Fetch, Come, etc.) into your daily life and when your dog obeys, he gains confidence through your praise. Just don't overdo the praise (this can result in a puddle!). A simple "Good boy" and gentle pat is enough.

Minimize the occasions your dog makes you want to scold him; think about what your dog does that causes you to scold him. For example, does he get into the trash, steal your children's toys or chew on your sneakers? By simply putting a lid on the trash can or putting it into a closet and requiring your family to pick up after themselves, these situations can be eliminated. The easier you make it for your dog to do what you want, the quicker he'll learn and his confidence will grown. On the other hand, discipline, scolding and physical punishment will simply reduce his confidence and worsen your submissive urination problem.

Dogs, especially shy or submissive ones, are very sensitive to body language and tone of voice. Bending over a dog is a "dominant" posture that may provoke an accident. Instead, get down to your dog's level by crouching or kneeling, preferably at his side rather than head-on.

These dogs are often intimidated by direct eye contact as well. Look at your dog's face without looking directly into his eyes, and only for very short periods.

If you are expecting guests, take your dog for a walk and get his bladder emptied ahead of time, and restrict water consumption for an hour before your guests are to arrive.

When speaking to your dog, use a calm, confident, moderate tone of voice. Avoid very high or low extremes in pitch. Don't "coochy-coo" or baby-talk to your dog either. These tones can create excitement that results in submissive urination.
Don't scold or punish your dog for urinating submissively. It will only make things worse. He can't be held responsible for something he doesn't understand or even know he's doing. Instead, use these methods to get to the root of the matter: His basic insecurity and lack of confidence. When he's made progress in these areas, submissive urination often disappears on its own. How long will it take? Every dog is different and it's impossible to say for sure. With most dogs, following our directions will show a noticeable difference within a short time. Solving the problem altogether depends on your hard work, patience, consistency and willingness to stick with it. Good luck
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Many young dogs and puppies urinate when they get excited or stressed, which is usually nothing to be too concerned about as it tends to be something they grow out of. If you think it may be a urine infection you should confirm with your vet, as this can lead to problems later in life if left untreated.

Also known as "behavioural incontinence", excited weeing happens when the puppy gets emotionally charged by something they see/hear - a knock at the door or the sight of another dog, for example, may trigger off the incontinence.

Dogs also are very driven by urination, as it is not simply a waste function but also a territorial and behavioural message signal - which is why dogs will frequently urinate to mark territory when out on a walk.

If the incontinence is concerning you and you think it may require some training, you might be wise to enlist the help and advice of a professional trainer who will have experience of behavioural correction in young dogs.
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Your puppy is still pretty young.  Chances are within time and proper house training this undesirable behavior will stop.  If by chance you are using pee pads you will want to stop using them for house training.  The pup needs to learn that it is only okay to go outside and not inside.  If there are particular times when the peeing happens, such as someone coming home from work, trying altering the routine and stay as calm as possible to avoid exciting her!  Good Luck!
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How do a stop my 6mths old border terrier jumping up at me and visitors he also barks at anyone and anything he sees whilst out walking which I find is inappropriate.I will not use a bark control collar and have tried a water pistol which does not work along with distraction although this has no effect.The jumping aspect I have ignored and advised will not do so although again this has no effect.I feel like I have hit a brick wall please help.
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Thats what dogs do.  It happened with my sisters beagle.. She would be excited when she came home she would put her outside right away before it would happen. She also installed a doggie do so she can go in and out when she wanted too. It helped a lot.of course make sure you have a fenced in back yard.
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It can be a sign of nervousness in your dog
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They are excited when stimulated by something, and their normal reaction to it is to pee.
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Because she is excite or nervous. When you or a visitor comes into your home do not say hello or anything to your dog til she is calm, then say hello with a pat on the head, don't make eye contact cause this will be the reason she is nervous, after a few weeks of this you should see a difference in your dog. Remember you greet your dog when she is calm not when she is all excited.

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