How to Prevent Dogs from Peeing When Excited

Peeing when overly excited is known as "submissive" urination, according to experts. Though it goes by this name, it's the same thing that causes a dog to pee when he's scared, extremely happy or feeling intimidated. The best way to stop your dog from peeing when he gets excited is to teach him to control that behavior with some positive reinforcement and some behavior modification on your part!

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Tip #1 - Identify what causes the peeing behavior. In some dogs, it's bodily contact. When you touch him or play rough with him, excitement will take over and he won't be able to control the peeing. For other dogs, it's surprise -- in the sense of "Mom is home, mom is home!" If necessary, make a list of all the activities or situations that cause the peeing.

Tip #2 - Eliminate or at least minimize the reasons for the excitement. For example, if Rover gets overexcited and pees every time you come home from work, stop making a big fuss over seeing him. Instead, ignore him when you walk in and wait until he calms down before you pet him. Or greet him and then immediately kneel to get down to his level. This will minimize the excitement -- jumping, running around to follow you -- and should prevent the accidents from happening.

Tip #3 - Keep the overall atmosphere of the house as quiet as possible. Leave exciting games and running around for when you are outside. When you are inside the house, don't let Rover get overexcited. If things start to get too agitated, either walk away or simply stop what you are doing.

Tip #4 - Use the sit command to control excitement. Every time things get out of control or when greeting your pup, ask him to sit first. If he gets overexcited when other people say hello, ask friends and visitors to use the sit command too.

By Tammy Dray


References
WebMD Pets: Submissive Urination in Dogs
Applied Ethology: Submissive Urination in Dogs
Web Vet: Does Your Dog Pee When Excited?

About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.