How to Overcome Nervous Peeing
Does your dog get so excited he pees or so nervous he pees? This is not an uncommon problem. It can happen when they are around another human or dog that they believe is superior or intimidating. This is not an issue of housebreaking. If it is a puppy that is doing it then they will typically grow out of it as they learn to manage their excitement better. If it is a submissive urination issue, you can address this with training.
FIRST: Never punish a submissive urination. This will not help and can make it worse. Even your body language can amplify their fear or anxiety. The primary goal of behavioral therapy with your dog is to build confidence. If they are confident they will not have a fear or submissive peeing reaction.
- Do not comfort your dog for peeing. Just as punishing is bad, so is comforting. Be relaxed and ignore the behavior.
- Do not rush your dog into situations that make him nervous. Build up gradually to them to give him a chance to familiarize himself and feel comfortable.
- Do basic obedience training so that he is well behaved and accustomed to listening to you.
- Crate train your dog. This will give him a place to retreat if he is nervous.
- Take him out regularly to let him relieve his bladder. If there is little urine in his bladder it is harder for him to have an anxiety pee.
- If he urinates after letting him out of the crate, do not say anything. Let him outside and clean it up. But do not talk to him. He will start to realize that he is not in trouble but the behavior is not rewarded either.
- When outside, give him commands to urinate and praise him when he does use only your voice. Do not do excited praise, but calming and reassuring.
- Keep your body calm. Keep your movements and body language slow and calm. Keep your voice down. This will keep him calm.
- Keep him on a leash in a situation that may make him feel nervous, even if it is in your house. Often they take comfort being on a leash because they feel you are in control of the situation.
- Reaffirm the comfort of a leash by spending time sitting with your dog while he is on the leash.
- Ask your friends to not engage with him, if he is really nervous around other people. Work towards introducing him, but only after he is comfortable in the environment.
If you are concerned there is a medical issue, please contact your Albuquerque veterinarian for a checkup.