"During times where excitement is high, like when you arrive home from work, when familiar visitors are in your house or when your dog knows it's playtime, your dog may leak small amounts of urine."
Isn't it adorable to see your dog get excited over something? But what's not exciting is dog excitement urination!
During times where excitement is high, like when you arrive home from work, when familiar visitors are in your house or when your dog knows it's playtime, your dog may leak small amounts of urine. This behavior is triggered when your dog feels overly excited about something and is common among young dogs.
Signs to look out for!
Excitement urination happens mostly in dogs who are:
- not yet fully house trained
- under one year old
- experiencing separation anxiety with their pet parents
- seniors (if this is something that happens with your older dog, consult your veterinarian. It might be a sign of underlying health condition in your senior dog)
You also should be able to identify the common behaviors that go with excitement urination. This is when your dog:
- pees every time he sees you come home from work or for being gone for some time
- pees when being greeted by familiar faces
- pees when he knows you're going for a walk or when it's playtime
- pees when he's happy and excited and does not realize it
How to help stop it
With excitement urination in dogs, your dog is not really aware that he's leaking! Scolding him or punishing him for it wouldn't be effective at all. Here, we've come up with ways on how you can manage your dog's excitement urination and put a stop to it eventually *fingers crossed*.
Eliminate triggers. Know what triggers your dog to pee out of excitement and eliminate it slowly. Is it you every time you come home? Is it your constant visitors that love your dog as much as you do? Playtime? Walks?
Approach your dog calmly on events where he becomes excited. You should pet him under his chin rather than on his head so you'll be able to avoid any dominant body languages to help your dog become confident. See to it that your visitors also do the same when greeting your dog.
Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. When your dog uses a healthy amount of his energy on walking or playing outside, it will reduce over-excitement and will reduce possibilities of him urinating during excitement highs.
Provide dog diapers and belly bands. Diapers and belly bands are a great solution for both male and female dogs who are experiencing excitement urination. These products can prevent your dog from urinating in all inappropriate places whenever struck by his excitement. Using these can also help you identify what causes your dog to excitement urinate (you can see when it's soiled and know that's a case of excitement urination).
Give rewards and praises. Punishing your dog never showed any good results! So instead of shouting at your dog, give him treats and praises whenever he does not pee during exciting times.
Excitement urination in your dog can be a trying time but identifying the symptoms as soon as possible and helping your dog get over it with proper management and praise will not only help him outgrow it but will also establish confidence in his behavior.
"Know what triggers your dog to pee out of excitement and eliminate it slowly. Is it you every time you come home? Is it your constant visitors that love your dog as much as you do? Playtime? Walks?"