Here’s the RIGHT Way to Stop a Dog From Excitement Peeing

It’s quite common for a puppy to lose control and pee when excited. Most will grow out of it, but since you don’t know if your dog will, there are things you can do right now that will help. By the way, it’s called “excitement urination.”

When you first come into the house, rather than make a big fuss and get your dog all excited, keep it low key and ignore him if you have to. Other things to try are letting him decide who he wants to go say hello to, teach him to sit before greeting anyone, and making sure he has an outlet for his energy with enough physical exercise and mental stimulation.

Why do dogs pee when excited?

They don’t actually squat or lift their leg to pee like they would normally do. In the case of excitement urination it happens when you come home, company comes to visit or they’re some active play going on. They will dribble a bit because they just can’t contain themselves, no pun intended!

My dog suddenly started peeing when excited

Are you sure his recent peeing is due to excitement or that it’s sudden? If you have a puppy, then it’s more than likely due to excitement, but if your dog is not a puppy then further investigation may be required. It could be…

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing’s
  • Kidney issues
  • Dementia
  • Is your dog only peeing in the house when someone comes in the door?
  • Have you noticed other times when he’s been peeing inside?
  • How long ago did you start noticing?
  • What else was going on at the time?
  • Have you noticed other behavior changes?
  • Did he recently start taking medication or switched to a different type?

Do dogs grow out of excitement peeing?

Since this behavior is typically seen in puppies, most of which will outgrow it.

How do you stop a dog from peeing when excited?

◊ Ignore your dog when you come home, or at least keep the greeting low key. Ask all family members and visitors to do the same

◊ When he does get too excited, redirect his behavior by asking him to sit or lie down as a way of bringing that level down

◊ As soon as you walk in the door take him out for a pee

◊ When your dog is calm, reward him with attention

◊ Take him outside for a pee before starting to play

NOTE: Never punish your dog for this or any other unwanted behavior

Here is the right way to stop a dog from excitement peeing

Other reasons why a dog may be peeing in the house

Submissive urination in dogs

Submissive urination happens when a dog is nervous, scared or showing he’s not a threat. In some cases, like my puppy mill rescue Saffy for example, I only had to look at her and she would pee in fear.

A dog may cower, lower his body/crouch down, tucking the tail in, look away, bare his teeth and flatten his ears. While showing his teeth may seem aggressive, it’s not he’s just afraid.

Do dogs grow out of submissive urination

Excitement urination is something most dogs grow out of, but if your dog is submissive peeing, the issues of confidence and trust won’t be outgrown, we have to help.

How to treat submissive urination

Whether you have just recently adopted a dog (whether they had a traumatic past or not), or have lived with your dog for years, time, patience, routine, consistency, training and of course being in a loving home will make a world of difference.

It’s important to identify what triggers this behavior, and see what you can do to prevent it. I will give you an example from my own life. Saffy, my puppy mill rescue was terrified from her ordeal and would pee if anyone looked right at her. The simple fix to that was to avoid direct eye contact and yes, that made a difference.

What not to do to a dog that is submissive peeing

  • Yell or raise your voice
  • Punish him
  • Make a lot of noise
  • Make direct eye contact

Urine marking

Although this is intentional, it isn’t about your dog having to pee. If you find a puddle on the floor, that means your dog has peed, but marking is usually done in small amounts and often against an upright surface.

Urine marking is usually a sign of anxiety, or stress or claiming ownership. A few of the reasons why a dog may do this are:

  • Moving to a new home
  • Recently been adopted
  • New baby
  • Staking his claim to an item or are he thinks is his
  • Sees a dog outside and feel the need to mark his territory

Do all dogs urine mark?

No, they don’t. It seems fixing a dog when they’re fairly young makes it less likely they’ll mark. Unfixed males are bigger culprits than fixed ones, and small breeds more than larger ones. Females have also been known to mark, but it’s far less common.

How to stop a dog from marking in the house

Whenever you witness a new behavior, the first thing I always recommend is scheduling a visit to your vet. This is especially important if you have an older dog. To make the appointment productive write down your concerns and bring the list with you.

  • What has you concerned
  • When the behavior(s) started
  • Any changes in the house, household or your dog’s routine
  • Any other information you feel would help your vet

Neutering your dog may help, but should be done anyway. Here’s my opportunity to mention the importance of spaying and neutering in order to prevent unwanted litters.

◊ Changing the route you take on your daily walks will give him plenty of opportunity to mark new objects, and may be less inclined to mark in the house.

◊ Marking behavior can be worse in a bored dog, so please provide him with lots of physical and vary it for interest. What about swimming? Hiking? A visit to a dog park? A play date with another doggy friend? Don’t forget about mental stimulation with puzzle toys and games.

◊ If your dog likes to mark new items you bring into the home, another dog’s bed, or visitors’ belongings, managing the environment by keeping them out of your dog’s reach is the answer.

◊ Praise him a lot when he pees outside, and give him his favorite treat as a reward. You want him to see how much he benefits when doing the “right” thing.

◊ The best way for your dog to learn it’s not okay to urine mark in the house is to catch him in the act. When he’s about to lift his leg, or as he’s marking say “no.” You don’t have to yell at him but say it in a tone to convey you mean it.

Thoroughly clean the area, and be sure to eliminate the odor as well.

If your dog just won’t stop, and there’s no physical explanation, limiting free run access to the house, especially when you’re not home is a good solution.

How to keep your dog from marking in someone else’s house

The only way to do that is to keep an eye on him.

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26 Responses

  1. Great advice Hindy. Phoebe used to get super excited when we come home from anywhere, but I just ignore her and wait until she sits nicely for petting and it’s fine. Not making a big deal of entering or leaving the home is a huge help.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  2. Great post and although I have not had that problem I have heard about it from others and will remember now what to share when we are all talking in the park and trying to solve problems

  3. These are great tips! I had a jack russel about 10 years ago who would “happy pee” we called it. We worked through it in time, but it can definitely be an inconvenient issue. Even if it’s kinda cute. LOL

  4. One of my dogs had that problem but with time it was fixed. We do everything for our pets they are like our kids so while this could be annoying it is part of the joys of being a pet parent.

    1. Glad the problem was resolved Adriana. You’re so right we do everything we can for them, and of course some things are annoying but they can be worked on and it’s all part of what we signed up for!!

  5. These tips are great, I have used these on a relative’s dog that does happy pees and they definitely work. I would ignore him, open the door so he could go into the garden, wait till he had calmed a bit and then greet him. It takes time and consistency so happy pees are longer what greets you when you come home.

  6. I can imagine this would be a frustrating problem. These tips are great, and I can see that with consistency they will be successful.

  7. Submissive urination can happen to any dog. Building confidence and keeping things as calm and non-threatening as possible is the key.

  8. Great tips. I wish I knew this when we had a dog years ago that would pee a lot. Often she would pee when she saw my husband, almost as a submissive gesture.

  9. Great advice. I’m probably guilty of being overly excited when I see my family’s dogs. Can’t help it

  10. We had a foster dog like that. We were renting at the time with carpet and he would just pee in your lap. Hard problem to tackle!

    1. I had a puppy mill rescue who would pee if you even looked at her, but of course that was fear not excitement. I prefer carpeting I think it makes a home cosier but with certain dogs…not the best flooring.

  11. Fantastic post and advice. Also, a great reminder for those of us with excitable dogs. I have a hard time keeping it ‘low key’ when I come home. I’m just as excited to see my pack as they are to see me. For the sake of my front door, I will gone it down a few notches.

  12. SOOOOOO glad I have not had this issue with any of my dogs so far. Phew!!
    Now about stopping a pup from eating the baseboards…..

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