Why Does My Excited Dog Pee In The House?
This problem always happened on my day off work, usually when the kids were upstairs playing and my wife was out shopping. I would be watching a football game and my Maltese would be sitting on the back of the couch, watching me as I watched the TV or doing the canine thing and taking a nap.
Someone would show up at the front door and ring the doorbell. My dog would wake up and bark a few times, dribbling a few drops of urine onto the fine leather as he alerted me to the “intruder”.
My little friend´s problem was caused by excitement urination, a form of submissive urination. When a dog urinates from excitement or submission he is not doing it on purpose! I would have to clean the mess off of the leather, of course, and apply a product to destroy the scent so he would not be attracted to the spot.
Not a major problem, but annoying none the less. I wanted to find a solution.
What Is Excitement Urination?
Excitement urination is related to submissive urination. Anyone that has been around puppies much already knows what that is. The submissive puppy comes to you when called, his head down, his tail wagging, and dripping urine across the room. Excitement urination happens in young dogs too but most of them are just happy and they do not have all the submissive behaviors seen in other pups.
Does your dog have the same problem? You are probably interested in treating the problem, not just learning about it, right?
Numerous products to treat indoor urination are for sale in pet stores and online but this is not a problem that can be or stopped by a simple purchase. The first step in eliminating this problem is to build up the submissive dog´s confidence level. We had already started our Maltese in puppy obedience training and the problem was diminished as he gained confidence.
However, my dog´s problem was not just submission and he still dribbled at times. What else could be done?
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How Can Excitement Urination Be Treated?
Some dogs are just going to grow out of this, but in the meantime there are behaviorists that recommend that the dog be removed from the area where he is over-stimulated. Since my dog was able to go from sleeping to dribbling in 0.001 seconds, and I did not want to banish him from the couch, our social area, I knew I had a problem on my hands.
How could I make him less excited when he was stimulated?
I asked my daughter to go out and ring the doorbell and come in and walk around the house, ignoring my friend. He urinated at first, of course, but after doing this off and on for several hours he found out that the doorbell did not signify anything exciting.
When the doorbell rang and one of the neighborhood kids came I sis nor speak to him but picked him up and carried him to the laundry room. I asked the visitors to ignore my dog until I had put him away. This was not an easy thing to do since all of the visitors wanted to pet my friendly little white dust mop!
After about five minutes he would calm down again and I could open the laundry room and let him out to greet the visitor. After that he would jump back on the back of the couch.
This is definitely the best method to get excitement urination under control. If the dog does not get excited he can handle new experiences quite well, and the extra work will pay off in a lot less time cleaning, and maybe keep you from having to buy a new couch!
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© 2012 Dr Mark