Training a puppy is both a joyous and frustrating time in the life of any pet owner. With every passing day the bond you share with your puppy grows stronger and stronger. And while it is exciting to watch as your puppy learns new things, it’s important to remember that he or she is still a baby–just a small, furry bundle of joy that will make mistakes and still has a lot to learn. Nervous peeing is definitely a mistake your pet may make, but what causes it and what you can do to stop it may surprise you.
Before we continue, let’s properly define nervous peeing. Nervous peeing is referred to as “submissive urination” by veterinarians and obedience trainers, as it is literally a submissive gesture. If your pet exhibits nervous peeing when you pet him, play with him, or greet him, your dog is exhibiting a sign of submission.
It may be difficult to understand, but nervous peeing is actually a sign of respect from the dog. Nervous peeing is very common in young dogs that have not yet learned basic socialization skills. It is your pet’s way of saying, “Hey, you’re the boss and I know it.”
With that said, no one wants their dog to pee all over the floor every time you or a guest plays with him. Submissive urination can be stopped with a little love, patience and obedience training. Submissive urination will not be stopped by yelling, hitting or punishing your pet. In fact, if you react in anger you may very well make the nervous peeing even worse, as the dog will be inclined to become even more submissive than before.
Now that you understand your pet’s behavior, let’s look at what you can do to stop a puppy from nervous peeing.
Don’t coddle – Just as it’s important to not yell at or hit your dog because of his submissive urination, it is also essential that you do not coddle or baby him after an incident. Clean up the mess and ignore your puppy altogether.
Don’t intimidate – Most pet owners know that dogs have a keen ability to sense a person’s feelings and know when they are upset. Don’t intimidate your dog with this knowledge. Avoid glaring at your puppy in anger, staring him in the eyes or standing over him in a menacing way. Just as yelling and hitting can cause your pet to become more submissive, so can intimidating human behavior.
Ignore – Sometimes, the source of nervous peeing comes from excitement rather than submission. If you have noticed that your pet mainly urinates out of excitement upon seeing you, ignore him completely and direct him outside. Once he has had a chance to settle down, shower him with your attention.
Socialize – One way puppies learn proper behavior is by watching other dogs. Socialize your pet to help him build awareness of how other dogs behave.
Build self-esteem – A puppy that is confident will not resort to submission urination. To help build your pet’s self-esteem, enroll in dog obedience classes. This will not only put an end to nervous peeing, but it will also help to build a strong bond between you and your new pet.
With a lot of patience and a little planning, you can learn how to stop nervous peeing while your puppy is still young.
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