A: To begin with, submissive urination is not a house-training problem. A weak bladder causes it when the dog is excited or frightened. That is why it is seen most often in younger dogs. Submissive urination occurs in both male and female dogs, but is more common in the latter. These two forms of urination are easily diagnosed depending on the context of which they occur. Submissive urination occurs when a dog feels threatened, such as when it is being punished or verbally scolded, or when someone is reaching for it from a dominant posture (direct eye contact, leaning forward over the dog, etc.). Excitement urination occurs most often during greetings and play and is not accompanied by submissive posturing. There are several things that the owner can do to help stop both of these behaviors.
Submissive and excitement urination may resolve on their own as the dog matures, if it
is not made worse with punishment or inadvertent reinforcement. After trying these
suggestions out a couple of times, if you are still having a problem with
submissive/excitement urination I would suggest that you have your veterinarian check the
animal to rule out any urinary tract infections.
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