a quick question.... I have a 13 week old Australian Shepherd
and she has a problem controling her bladder when she gets excited.
When friends come over or if she sees someone she knows she just
lets go right there. For now people think it's cute...the "excitement
pee"...but if it continues it could be a problem. She also
has problems controling herself in other places... she knows not
to pee at home but in others homes she just lets it go. Are these
"puppy problems" that will go away...or should I be
working on a solution? Thanks for your help.
Yes this is very normal for a puppy to "submisively urinate".
order to allow this problem to go away naturally and this could
take a little time .. a few weeks to a few months keep the following
tactics in your mind.
punish the puppy for submisively urinating. This could actually
make the problem worst as then the puppy becomes aware of the
problem to a greater extent and begins to check himself to see
if he urinated everytime he is happy to see someone or is being
scolded. The pups awareness of the problem helps keep the problem
course use scolding tactics to remind your dog that you don't
relieve yourself in your home or other homes and immediately
bring the dog outside with quick movements, as you are scolding.
This is for the normal relieving situations not for submisive
urinating which are two different things. Above all never slap
your dog. And never put his nose in the pee but it is ok to
bring him over to the pee spot and show it to him by bringing
his nose an inch or so from it and saying "bad dog":
then "no" in a low pitched growling sounding voice.
Repeat the words while the verbal punishment is taking place.
Again, this is not for submissive urinating, this is for deliberate
urinating to relieve himself. With submissive urinating you
do not want your puppy to be aware that it even happened so
don't draw attention to the problem. Once the dog is outside
in it's normal peeing area, repeat the words "hurry up
in a normal voice. As soon as the pup (hopefully) pees, raise
the pitch of your voice and say good boy/girl. Repeat this praise
all the way back into the house. By the way I hope it''s summer
or your training patience will be challenged.
he urinates when you come into the house because he is happy
to see you do not make eye contact until the bulk of the excitement
of meeting you has calmed down. As well if this happens with
guests at your home ask them to not look into your dog's eyes.
While petting look away from the dog. Your puppy will come to
the visitor and when he does, no eye contact until the excitement
of the new visitor calms down.
you answer a quick question for me? I have a 3 year old lab who
lived inside until he was 6 months old. He was completely housebroken.
My father was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and had to have chemotherpathy.
His doctor told us that a person having chemotherapy shouldn't have
an animal in the house. Since we were going to see my fold so often,
Shane became an outside dog. Now, I'd like to bring him back in.
Do you foresee and problems with housebreaking?
....You should have everything going for you. First of all the
dog was housebroken once before. No reason to think that it will
change. Second, the dog has established that outdoors is it's
bathroom for the last 3 years. The chances of your dog making
a mess in the house is practically nil "unless" you yourself force
him to go into the house because he can't hold his bowels or bladder
I notice he is a male. If he is neutered that is even better
as a male dog that is not neutered sometimes will mark territory
if another dog comes into it's territory especially if it's
another mature male or a female in heat.
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