When your pup first did a fire-jet when you came home, your instinctive reaction was that it was endearing. However, that impression wore off long ago. Aside from the hygiene implications, what really irks you is that the rolling over and piddling is a very real reminder of the dog's submissiveness.
You hate to think that there's even a possibility of the dog being so intimidated by your that he wets himself. Unfortunately, you seem set on a vicious circle. You come home, the dog rolls over, you bend down to pet and reassure him, and he piddles.
How to break the cycle?
Minimize the risk of piddling occurring in the first place, by not getting the puppy over excited when you come home, and making yourself less of a threat to him (by kneeling down and not staring him in the eye.) If you are in the position of having a dog that regularly piddles, then stop him getting over excited, build his confidence, and use distraction techniques in order to eliminate the problem.
She is a rescue off the side of a road. Had 12 bladder stones removed and had crystals. We use diapers as she piddles sporaticly and has no more crystals now. Shall we go with your suggestions above?
Hello Fran, I would work on basic potty training like the Tethering method from the article linked below. Also be aware that there could be damage to pup's urethra or bladder from the infections though so pup could have a valid medical issue that makes it harder for them to hold it, like scar tissue. I am not a vet so I would speak with your vet about what your expectations should be for pup in this area, so that you know that your training goals are attainable and you can confidently be consistent with them. I would also keep potty trips more frequent than you would with an adult without such a bladder history since it could be physically harder for pup to hold it for longer due to irritation. Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside I would still follow the advice about keeping things calmer with pup though since submissive or excited peeing could be partially to blame, but I would focus the most on addressing overall potty training and finding out what could be going on with pup physically to give you a game plan to help pup. If pup struggles to hold it for long and does turn out to have a sensitive bladder, this is one case where you also may consider setting up an exercise pen and using a disposable real grass pad in there for pup to go to. I would do this in an exercise pen and with a grass pad to make the "bathroom area" a distinct area pup learns is okay to go in, and a surface more like the outside world, and not just lay down a pee pad, which pup make think means they can also go on rugs or mats. I would only go that route with the indoor potty if pup does have a medical reason that prevents them from being able to hold it between potty trips for longer; otherwise pup should be able to learn to go outside. Indoor potty training: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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