The most important thing is to never scold or
punish your dog for excitement urination; it makes
the situation worse as the puppy will then start
to pee out of fear! Excitement or submissive urination
is part of this breed’s specific instincts.
It is not a “behavior”; it is instinctual.
The dog is not doing it to be disobedient or punish
you! He is excited, scared, or showing submissiveness
to a person or animal he perceives as dominant.
Excitement urination that causes an owner to get
angry can easily become submissive urination.
The dog does not understand why you are angry
and, in a dog’s mind, peeing is his attempt
to calm and appease you.
Some dogs like Cocker Spaniels, Daschunds and
some others often see other animals and people
as dominant, so submissive urination occurs. Even
a housetrained dog may show excitement or submissive
urination when greeting you or when in an exciting
or scary situation.
How to Prevent and Handle Excitement
or Submissive Urination?
The first thing to do is have your veterinarian
examine your dog for possible physical problems
causing this problem. Sickness and disease can
make it difficult for your pet to control their
peeing muscles. If physical problems are the cause,
discuss options regarding your dog's situation
with your veterinarian, such as surgery, drugs,
and coping mechanisms.
Dog owners who are too dominant and strict will
reinforce submissive urinating. So, calm down
and be gentle and kind with your dog. Get your
temper under control! Never scold or punish for
excitement or submissive urination.
One way to handle the problem is to make sure
your dog is outdoors while you are gone (in a
fenced and safe area naturally) so that when you
come home, if he urinates, your floors are not
damaged. But this does not solve the problem.
It is a good idea to do more to help the puppy
All indoor activities should take place only
after taking the dog out for a pee or poop. If
a dog is almost ready to pee or poop, but hasn't
gotten around to doing it, any physical activity
will trigger the urge to go. So, if your dog wakes
up and you start playing with her, you're asking
for trouble! Take a potty break first, have play
time second. Play time outdoors is the best idea,
especially for the puppies that have small bladders.
Don’t hover over your dog when you come
home. She will see this as dominance and will
become intimidated. Don’t look her directly
in the eyes. Dogs assume that direct eye contact
is a challenge. For a submissive dog, even a moment's
eye contact can be intolerable. Eye contact from
above heightens the reaction.
Another behavior that challenges a dog is bending
over or touching the dog's head, neck, or shoulders.
Dominant dogs often control by placing the neck
or a paw over another dog's neck or shoulders.
When a human pats a dog on the head, a submissive
dog sees it as a display of dominance and finds
it intimidating, leading to peeing.
A goal in controlling excitement urination is
to prevent your dog from becoming so excited in
the first place. Do this by exposing your dog
to whatever excites him, over and over until it
no longer excites him. If your dog gets excited
and wets when you return home, ignore him; don't
even look at him. Then take him outside to pee.
Then leave again for a few minutes, return and
ignore, leave, return and ignore.
Keep doing this until you can see that your dog
is actually bored with the whole thing. If excitement
urination is a problem when visitors arrive, have
them do this too. It may take many sessions to
get your dog calmed down. When your dog stays
calm and no longer gets excited when you come
in, then very quietly and gently say hello. If
any signs of excitement appear, repeat the coming
in-and-leaving routine. A rapid sequence of heel-sits
will capture your dog's attention to the game
of heeling and sitting instead of urinating. Then,
take him outdoors. Praise him when he pees outside;
this builds self-confidence.
Remember to ignore all excitement urination and
never scold or get angry at your dog. As the dog
matures, he can learn to sit and shake hands when
Use a small food treat as a reward for not peeing
in the house when you arrive home or guests enter.
It’s difficult for a dog to eat and pee
at the same time. Take the dog outdoors quickly
If your dog pees while being trained, be especially
careful not to yell or scold him. Be firm and
use a confident-sounding, but kind, “No”
when the dog misbehaves.
If your dog's problem doesn’t improve with
the above suggestions, there may be other options.
For example, drugs can sometimes be prescribed
by a vet for excitable dogs to calm them down.
But, remember, this kind of training can take
weeks or months before it improves. Stick to one
or two techniques. Give them time to work!
Obedience classes are excellent for your dog.
It will teach you ways that you unconsciously
reinforce negative behaviors and how to encourage
and praise your dog.
Build a strong relationship with your dog using
kindness, daily attention, and formal training.
Never yell, hit, or scold your dog when she urinates
inappropriately. Use the above tips from the time
she is a puppy to help her avoid or eliminate
excitement or submissive urination behaviors.
Remember! Stay calm and give the dog time to learn.