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Why do dogs pee when they get scared?

Updated on February 17, 2012

Dogs are sweet and loyal creatures. A dog would be a constant source of joy that enhances the quality of the family’s life. Dog owners though would encounter a whole lot of problems with the pet. The pet can be a one-dog demolition team. Other dogs would cause altercations between neighbors because of excessive barking. Some dogs have dominant personalities while others can be exceedingly shy much so that they would manifest unwanted behaviors. House breaking is one of the foremost concerns in having a dog for a pet. Some dogs in spite of all the efforts of the owners can never be trained. The owner may have been successful in housebreaking the pet but there are instances when the dog would still have accidents inside the house. Commonly, peeing inside the house is not a housebreaking issue or a bladder problem that would require medical attention.

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A scared dog

Dogs cannot talk but they are very expressive animals. Through body movements and facial expressions, the dog will be able to express joy, sadness and fright. For instance a scared dog’s head would be lowered; the tail would be between the legs and the dog would have a submissive expression on its face. A scared dog will shake and urinate.

Submissive urination

Nervous and scared dogs have the tendency to pee. This is submissive urination. The dog feels that it is threatened. As a sign of submission the dog would pee. Dogs are pack animals. They would thrive well in an environment where there is a well defined hierarchy. Dogs lower in rank would be submissive to the alpha dog. Domesticated dogs have the family as its pack with the master as the alpha dog. A scared dog would cower to make itself smaller. The scared dog will urinate to convey the message that he is not a threat.

Dealing with submissive urination

Submissive urination is most common in puppies. Puppies have not yet developed self confidence and tend to be submissive to the human family to other people and even to other animals. Although this behavior can be outgrown, it would still be necessary to stop the behavior. Socialization is very important. A puppy that is introduced to varied situation will develop self confidence. Obedience training will also be a big help especially when it is necessary to calm the dog. A pet that has misinterpreted the meaning of the master’s body movements will get scared and urinate. Most dogs will get scared if it is stared at or when a person bends over to touch its head.  It would be best to modify the body movements to one that would not be threatening to the dog.


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