Nothing puts a smile on your face more than seeing your canine friend after a long day at work, but nothing deflates that moment more than when he can’t help but pee himself. It’s the same when you have guests over and even when he realizes it’s time for a walk. You’re glad he is so happy and excited, but for the sake of your floors, he needs to find a way to control himself.
His peeing out of excitement habit also strikes at the most embarrassing times, like when you’re at a friends house or in a shopping center. Having urine on your floors also poses a health risk to your dog, other pets in the house, and any young children. Urine is packed full of bacteria that could increase the chances of someone living under your roof getting ill.
Getting a handle on his excitable habit will involve a number of relatively straightforward steps. As an owner, you will have to adjust your behavior around him so he doesn’t get quite so uncontrollably excited around you. You will also need to adjust his routine and utilize obedience commands to show him where it is appropriate to go to the toilet.
If he is a young puppy he may respond to the training in just a week or two, if he is older and had the habit for many years, it may take a little while longer to change his ways. While the challenge ahead may seem large, it is important you get this training right to protect your floors and to keep your house a relatively bacteria-free zone. It will also ensure you can relax when you take him to friends' and public places.
Before you wage your war on excitement peeing, you will need to get together a few bits. Treats or tour dog's favorite food are essential as you will use them to incentivize and reward him. You will also need a quiet space, free from the distractions of a noisy house, to practice your obedience training.
You also need 15 minutes a day to dedicate to training over the next few weeks. Once you have all of those things, just bring a little patience and a lot of optimism and you’re ready to begin!
My foster dog Blanco has an excitement peeing problem--the issue is that nothing gets him more excited than pulling out his harness and leash for a walk. I think this issue would be manageable if I had a backyard because it's the transition time from when he has realized that we are going out before we actually get outside that's a problem. It's the combination of high-excitement and a relatively full bladder that spells danger. I usually walk him 3-4 times a day. The only other peeing problems I've had with him were when I was out for 7 hours (fair enough), and one time after probably 4 hours my roommates got home and he started peeing on a blanket on the couch, lying down when they went to greet him (sounds submissive to me). Should I go ahead and get pee-pads to put by the front door? or is there another way?
Many thanks, Rachel
Hello Rachel, Check out VirChewLy leashes. I suggest keeping a chew proof leash attached to him in the house when you can supervise generally. When you have to take him potty, calmly step on the leash without looking directly at him or making eye contact, pick it up from under your foot and calmly walk him outside. The goal is to change his emotional response to going outside from one of being over aroused to calm. Your attitude should be boring and calm. Not looking directly at him, being calm yourself, not talking to him, and not touching him all help prevent the submissive/excited peeing while his emotions surrounding walks gradually change. Also, practice him not bolting through doors by opening the door and quickly closing it again if he tries to go through without being told "Let's Go". Practice opening and closing the door until he will step back and wait for permission even if the door is wide open. Expect the door to take a lot of repetition, simply stay calm and be more persistent practicing it than he is. You want to make the entire walk a calm and structured experience so that his energy going into it while inside is more focused and calm to begin with. Once he can handle being outside and going through the door, then practice putting his harness on and taking it off during times when he won't be going for a walk after you put it on (keep it on him with the drag leash or use a martingale collar during the day while working on this still). You want to make putting the harness on boring and calm also - it's just something he does, it's not a big type deal attitude. Along those same lines require him to walk in the heel position, instead of out front and overly excited . The walk should be structured and calm - him having to focus better during the walk with also help him become more tired from the walk because focusing takes mental energy in addition to physical energy. When you want him to go potty release him from heeling by telling him "Okay, Go Potty", then giving him slack in the leash to sniff around. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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