If your precious doggie has the messy habit of dribbling urine whenever he's in the midst of a thrilling and happy situation, then he's by no means an anomaly. The action, which is known as excitement urination, occurs in dogs of all ages, but is especially prevalent in young puppies.
Excitement Urination and Age
Dogs past the puppy stage -- over 1 year old -- usually "snap out" of excitement piddling as a result of time passing and growth. Excitement urination tends to happen in young puppies for one reason: lack of bladder control. Some adult dogs, however, retain the problem due to having a positive association with it. If you attempt to calm your overexcited dog after he urinates, he may directly link the action to attention from you, which he sees as a wonderful thing. If excitement urination doesn't let up in your mature dog, consider consulting a veterinarian and qualified doggie behavioral professional.
Dogs engage in excitement urination when -- you guessed it -- they're particularly excited about something. Some examples of fun and overwhelming situations for dog include play, your return home from work and meeting a fellow canine or new person. If a dog is so excited that he simply doesn't know what to do with himself, excitement urination may happen involuntarily due to his urethral sphincter loosening up, notes Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University.
One way to keep excitement piddling to a minimum is by playing it cool. The more excited your pooch is, the more likely it is that he'll urinate, after all. If you keep "exciting" situations as subdued and low-key as possible, there's a high chance your pet will follow your cue. For example, if your doggie has a tendency of piddling when you return home from work, instead of loudly shrieking his name and clapping your hands, keep your behavior more muted and laid-back. Also abstain from looking your dog directly in the eyes at this time. As tough as it may be to stay cool around your beloved cutie, it's for his own good -- and your rug's.
If you're looking to solve your dog's excitement piddling, the last thing you want to do is scold him for it. All reprimanding will accomplish is possibly exacerbating the situation. When a dog already feels like an emotional wreck, the goal should be to calm him down. It is also crucial to remember that dogs usually aren't aware of the excitement piddling. If you punish the poor thing for something he doesn't even know is happening, it will not only be stressful, but fruitless too.
- UC Davis Veterinary Medicine: Submissive and Excitement Urination in Dogs
- Humane Society of Missouri: Submissive and Excitement Urination in Dogs
- The Humane Society of the United States: Excitement Urination
- The Anti-Cruelty Society: Excitement Urination
- Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program Cornell University: Excitement Urination
- Animal Humane Society: Submissive and Excitement Urination
- San Diego Humane Society & SPCA: Submissive / Excitement Urination
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