Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Excitement Urination

Excitement urination occurs most often during greetings and playtime and is not accompanied by submissive posturing. Excitement urination usually resolves on its own as a dog matures, as long as it isn’t made worse by punishment or inadvertent reinforcement.

Your dog may have an excitement urination problem if:

  • Urination occurs when your dog is excited; for example, during greetings or during
  • Your dog is less than 1 year old.

What to do if your dog has an excitement urination problem:

  • Keep greetings low key.
  • Don’t punish or scold him.
  • To avoid accidents, play and greet outdoors until the problem is resolved.
  • Take your dog to the veterinarian to rule out medical reasons for the behavior.
  • Until the problem resolves, you might want to protect your carpet by placing a plastic drop cloth or an absorbent material in the entryway where accidents are most likely to occur. Alternatively, you can purchase “doggie diapers” at your local pet supply store.
  • Ignore him until he’s calm.

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