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)
- Kidney issues
- 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
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
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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