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How to fix nervous /excited peeing in puppies or dogs.

Nervous or Excited urinating in puppies is more common than you might think! Here's our tips to make for a confident puppy that will help to stop nervous/exciting peeing. Please note, while these tips are helpful, it is important to talk with your vet to ensure that their are no physical problems or infections that could be causing your dog/puppy to control of their bladder.

  1. Greet puppy in neutral tone, even though its tempting to be overly excited, because you are excited to see them, remember to greet puppy in neutral tone. Its common for puppies or even dogs to get excited. Dogs mirror our emotions so when we get excited they do to. In young puppies this can lead to nervous peeing/excited peeing, make sure you remain calm.

  2. Don't make eye contact with nervous or excited puppy when first entering a room. Walk into the area or setting and look away from them, sometimes it works best to not face them and let them come face you. This will help them build confidence and help them not get too excited and urinate.

  3. If puppy rolls on its back in a submissive manner , ignore this behavior. Submission in puppies can cause nervous "peeing". If a puppy rolls on its back in front of you , turn away and ignore the behavior. When they come in front of you and are in a standing or sitting position then acknowledge their good behavior by marking it with the word "yes" or good. This will help teach your puppy this is what you are wanting from them.

  4. You can take five minutes a day, and build your puppies confidence with a simple exercise. Using a little of their kibble, training treats , or verbal praise, bring your puppy into the room on a training leash ( 8 foot leash) and go into the corner of the room and turn your back towards your puppy. Your puppy will naturally be curious what is going on, when they come in front of you, and are in standing or siting position, reward the behavior with a small treat, or verbal praise. This marks the behavior and lets your puppy know they did a good thing. If your puppy decides to wander you can try this exercise in a hallway or in a room where the entrance can be blocked. Sit on the ground or on a short stool or chair. Sit on the chair and allow your puppy to approach you, remember to acknowledge the good, (sitting, standing, engaging you with their eyes) , and ignore if they roll on their back in a submissive position.

  5. As your puppy becomes more confident and comes to understand what you are asking of them you'll find they will more consistently approach you in a confident manner. You can encourage their growth by repeating step number four with family members or friends. Give them a little bit of kibble and allow your puppy to greet or meet them. Follow the directions in Tip #4.

  6. Building confidence in your puppy or dog will eliminate nervous/excited peeing.

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