How to Make Dogs Not Pee When They Get Excited

by Sarah Dray
All that excitement can lead to trouble.

All that excitement can lead to trouble.

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Peeing when overly excited is known as submissive urination, according to WebMD Pets. This is the same thing that causes a dog to pee when he's scared, extremely happy or feeling intimidated. The best way to stop your dog from peeing when he gets excited is to teach him to control that behavior with some positive reinforcement -- and a bit of ignoring.

Step 1

Identify what causes the peeing behavior. In some dogs, it's bodily contact. When you touch him or play rough with him, excitement will take over and he won't be able to control the peeing. For other dogs, it's surprise -- in the sense of "Mom is home, mom is home!" If necessary, make a list of all the activities or situations that cause the peeing.

Step 2

Eliminate or at least minimize the reasons for the excitement. For example, if Rover gets overexcited and pees every time you come home from work, stop making a big fuss over seeing him. Instead, ignore him when you walk in and wait until he calms down before you pet him. Or greet him and then immediately kneel to get down to his level. This will minimize the excitement -- jumping, running around to follow you -- and should prevent the accidents from happening.

Step 3

Keep the overall atmosphere of the house as quiet as possible. Leave exciting games and running around for when you are outside. When you are inside the house, don't let Rover get overexcited. If things start to get too agitated, either walk away or simply stop what you are doing.

Step 4

Use the sit command to control excitement. Every time things get out of control or when greeting your pup, ask him to sit first. If he gets overexcited when other people say hello, ask friends and visitors to use the sit command too.

Tip

  • Some puppies grow out of submissive urination on their own. According to WebMD Pets, this usually happens when the dog reaches 1 year of age or so -- and it usually happens on its own, without any training or intervention on your part. If you don't want to wait -- or if you waited and the behavior hasn't changed -- it's OK to try some training and behavior modification.

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About the Author

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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