This is a photo of my precious toy Poodle, Gigi. She gets extremely excited when I get home. It doesn’t matter if I’m gone for five minutes or five hours, my little Gigi gets so excited to see me that she pees herself. She has excited peed on my carpet, on my tile, on my couch, and on my shoes. When we go for walks around the community, if she runs into my neighbor, she excited pees on her shoes too. Thankfully, my neighbor is a fellow dog mom and understands. It’s still embarrassing, though. If you have an overly excited fur baby, like mine, you’ve probably wondered how you can stop your dog from excited peeing. Well, you’re not alone!
You’ll be happy to know that dogs usually grow out of this phase. It’s actually quite common for puppies under one-year-old to pee when they are excited because they don’t have full control over their bladders yet. My little Gigi just turned one and I do notice a huge difference. While this issue will usually resolve itself when your pooch get’s a little older, there are a few things you can do in the meantime to help stop excited peeing.
Keep Greetings Low-Key (I Mean, Really Low-Key)
Baby talk, kisses, and big hugs… are you guilty of riling up your easily-excited dog when you first get home? Don’t lie. I’ve done it too! Typically, excited urination happens during greetings. That’s why it’s important to keep greetings low-key. In fact, trainers suggest not greeting your fur baby at all until he/she settles down.
Here is a routine that works for me: After you walk into your home, ignore your pooch. Rather than working up your dog, grab the leash and walk over to the door. Put on your dog’s leash and take him/her outside. Once your pooch has gone to the bathroom, give lots of praise.
Ask Your Friends/ Family To Do The Same
Just like when you greet your excited dog, have your friends and family ignore your fur baby until he/she settles down. After a few minutes have passed, let them gently pet your pooch. Make sure the delayed greeting is still low-key. No high-pitched baby-taking. Just keep things calm.
Don’t Punish (But Don’t Encourage Either)
While excited peeing may be annoying, don’t punish your dog for it. They don’t understand. They aren’t peeing in the house because they’re not house trained. They are simply unable to control themselves.
On the flip-side, it’s important not to encourage excited urination either. If you notice your dog peeing out of excitement and you continue to pet and kiss your pooch, he/she is going to associate the undesirable action with positivity.
– Good luck!