Since we’ve been at home so much and having lots of deliveries coming to our door, we’ve discovered something about our dog. Every time the doorbell rings, not only does our 1-year-old dog bark, but she also pees on the floor! With paper towels being scarce, we’re getting tired of cleaning up after her! Can you help?
Piddle Problems in Woodland Heights
Dear Piddle Problems,
What you’re describing is referred to as “excitement urination.” Excitement urination is very common among puppies younger than 1 year old. Once a puppy turns a year old, the incidences of excitement urination typically greatly diminish. Since your dog is a little older, there’s still a good chance she could outgrow it, but there are also a few other things that could be causing her excitement urination.
First stop: Vet visit
First things first: Have your vet rule out any conditions that could be causing your dog to urinate when excited. Once your vet has given your dog the all clear, then the real work begins. With a little training, you should be able to keep the excitement urination from ruining your relationship with your dog (and from ruining your rug as well).
To help your dog with this issue, try keeping all playtime outside, or on a specially prepared area of newspaper and puppy pads. This way, if there is a little accident due to over-excitement, it doesn’t have to be a big deal.
When there is an accident, do not reprimand or punish your pup. Simply clean it up quietly and leave the dog alone. Give your dog treats when she pees in the correct place, and keep all greetings to a minimum. You may even want to ignore the dog when you arrive home. Does this seem cruel? It’s not really as it gives your pooch a chance to calm down on her own. Ask guests to do the same.
Praise ‘normal’ peeing
When the dog pees while out on walks, give her praise and treats. The same goes for when the dog pees in designated areas (which is not the rug or the designer bedspread). All of these things should not only help your pooch break her habit of peeing when excited, but will also help you to cultivate a calmer, more confident dog.
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