How to Stop Your Dog's Submissive or Excitement Peeing

If your dog is peeing on the floor when he or she is greeted by someone or when excited, it could be either submissive or excitement peeing. Below is some information about both of these behaviors so you can take steps on stopping your dog from doing this. No matter what you try, it will take time to change its behavior.

Submissive Peeing

A submissive dog will pee when it is greeted, when someone approaches it, or when it is punished. Submissive peeing is also common with dogs that are timid, shy, and anxious. To deal with this problem, do not yell or scold your dog when it has had an accident. Instead, clean up the mess, and take your dog outside.

Build up your dog's confidence by teaching it simple commands, such as stay, sit, and come, or special tricks, such as roll over or fetch. As your dog learns each command or trick, praise it and offer a reward. This can help build your dog's confidence.

Excitement Peeing

In most cases, excitement peeing only happens with puppies and it will go away when they get older.  Your dog may have this behavior when it is playing with you, or when people come to your home.

It may also pee when you walk in the door after work because it is so excited to see you.  If so, when you first walk in, ignore your dog for a few minutes. When you act excited to see it when you first walk in the door, this makes your dog even more excited. If ignored, it may help your dog calm down quicker. After a few minutes, reach down and talk calmly to it while you are petting your dog.  You should also talk calmly to your dog. Just as in your actions, your voice can make it become excited.

Take your dog outside regularly to keep its bladder empty. Take your dog on walks every day, or get outside and play with it regularly. When your dog gets enough exercise, it may feel calmer.

You should take your dog to a veterinarian whether it is excitement or submissive peeing to rule out any medical issues it may be having. If it gets a clean bill of health, a veterinarian like Munster Animal Hospital will be able to offer you some tips on how to deal with this behavior in your dog.