Behavior Tips & Tricks Issue #11: Urination Issues
In the last issue we talked about getting your dog to come when you call and stopping them from escaping. In this issue we are going to talk about how to deal with inappropriate urination issues.
Inappropriate urination can be very embarrassing behavioral problem for any dog owner and needs to be addresses as quickly as possible.
However, before you can correct the behavior you have to get to the root of the problem first.
There can be several different reasons why some dogs can't control their bladders. Once you find out the reason behind your dogs inappropriate urination you can then move on to finding the best way to correct the behavior.
There are two basic types of inappropriate urination, excitement and submissive.
– Excitement Urination
When dogs get excited, they tend to release control of their bladder and urinate. It can happen when they get excited about seeing you. Even though excitement urination is normal, it is not a pretty sight. It’s even more embarrassing when you have someone with you. For a lot of older dogs, it can really pose a big problem for both them and you.
Excitement urination usually starts when they are still a puppy. Since they are still small, they tend to not control their bladder. In fact, they may not realize what’s happening. The one thing that you don’t want to do is get angry with them. That just makes it worse for them and for you. They will continue to urinate because they are upset and confused.
What you can do is implement prevention. You can help prevent them from getting excited during certain activities that cause them to urinate.
To do this continually expose them to whatever it is that is exciting them and causing the unwanted urinating in short increments. Increasing the exposure over time. The more that you repeat this action, the less excited they will get, which in turn, will stop the urination.
– Submissive Urination
Submissive urination happens mostly when your dog is around other dogs in a pack situation. The submissive dog lowers itself and starts to urinate. The other dogs in the pack see what the leader is doing and then they follow suit.
Dogs who exhibit submissive urination are usually showing their insecurity. Unsocialized and previously abused dogs often exhibit submissive urination. These dogs need to be shown that there are more appropriate ways to express their submissive status, such as shaking hands or licking the owner’s hand.
You can also ignore the urination, but make sure that you clean up the mess. You can also teach the dog to lift their paw, command them to sit down, along with other commands of obedience. Doing this will help you earn the respect of your faithful canine companion.
Dealing with urination issues is never an easy task. Just like with any other type of behavioral training it is important to remain consistent no matter how you decide to correct the problem.
Don't punish your dog for inappropriate urination because it will only make the situation worse for both of you and when they are making progress, remember to reward them and give them praise.
Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about how to keep your dog from begging and tearing out the trash.