Why does my dog ​​urinate when I pet him?


Some dogs urinate a small amount (sometimes more) when they are greeted, especially if they are petted. This is a fairly common problem in young dogs, puppies, who still do not have much control over their bladder and become more easily excited and usually disappears as the dog grows. However, some dogs may have this habit even as adults. This behavior is usually more common in females but can also occur in males.

When a puppy gets excited or something scares him it is normal for him to lose a few drops of urine. This does not happen to all puppies, but many. This loss of urine originates because overexcitation or fear causes the puppy to momentarily lose control over the muscles that act on the bladder. This behavior is a physiological response to emotion and the puppy cannot control it.

The constant cleaning of the urine every time someone greets the dog can be frustrating for the owner. The dog is often scolded for such behavior, but punishing or reprimanding a dog for this behavior is useless, and also cruel, since the dog cannot control urine leakage. If we react by getting angry and scolding the dog, we will only be able to create greater anxiety, making the problem worse. Scolding the dog or getting angry can make the dog more anxious and make the problem worse. If we want this problem related to the early age of the dog does not become a long-term nervous habit, what we should do is avoid paying attention while we see that he is excited.

Urination for excitement, usually occurs, for example, when we get home and say hello to our puppy. The first thing we should do is reduce the initial enthusiasm when we get home.

To reduce this dog's excitement.

  • We will enter the house without greeting you.
  • We will take off our coat, leave the bag or other objects that we carry and act calmly.
  • We will try to let 5 minutes pass and we will greet our dog.
  • The greeting should be controlled, we will speak in a soft and low voice and as calm as possible.
  • When we have a visitor at home, we will teach our guests to do the same.

Generally after six or seven months of age this behavior will disappear. But if, by adulthood, the adult dog continues to have urine leaks, it could be a health problem and we should go to the veterinarian to rule out this option.

Why do some dogs urinate on top?

Urination is a Physiological need It carries out the dog's body naturally. Puppy dogs begin to have a voluntary urination control during the transition period, which includes between 15 or 20 days, although it is not until four or eight weeks when they are able to urinate in a newspaper voluntarily. Later, they will be able to learn to urinate in the street, between three and six months of age, when they have received the first vaccines and are ready to go outside.

Disorders related to urination in dogs

Before considering that urinating may be due to a behavioral problem, it will be basic rule out a possible disease. Apart from those pathologies that are directly related to the urinary system, such as cystitis and urethritis, there are many pathologies that could be causing incontinence and that we are relating to caresses erroneously.

For that reason, if your dog urinates on him not only when you pet him, but also in other circumstances, it will be basic go to the vet and perform a general test that can ensure that this behavior is not due to any disorder. The most common is that the specialist perform a blood test and an ultrasound.

Why do dogs urinate when they get excited

When a puppy gets exalts or something scares It is normal for you to lose a few drops of urine. This does not happen to all puppies, but many. This loss of urine originates because overexcitation or fear causes the puppy momentarily lose control over the muscles that act on the bladder. This behavior is a physiological response to emotion and the puppy can't control it. He cannot even realize that he is losing urine until he feels the sensation of moisture.

Lack of manipulation during socialization

As the dog grows and develops, it goes through the process of socialization, a stage in which it must experiment with all kinds of people and environments that will be in its adult stage, since it will depend on whether or not it can be A balanced dog in the future. Yes during this period we have not worked the manipulation, including caresses, it may happen that, once socialization is over, which ends with the appearance of fears, the dog begins to experience behaviors related to fear when we touch it.

If you do not know the past of your dog or notice that during the socialization stage (which includes between three and twelve weeks of life) you did not spend much time to manipulate it and get used to the caresses, this problem may be due to a lack of manipulation at this early stage.

Why is this dog behavior a problem?

Constant cleaning of the urine every time someone greets the dog it can become frustrating For the dog owner. The dog is often scolded for such behavior but it's not his fault. Punish to a dog for this behavior It is useless and also cruel, since the dog cannot control urine leakage. Scolding the dog or getting angry can make the dog more anxious and make the problem worse, even turning this problem related to the dog's early age into a long-term nervous habit.

Sensory deprivation syndrome

If in addition to not working the manipulation we have avoided that our dog could interact with people in their socialization stage, thus causing a dog isolation, we can face a case of sensory deprivation syndrome. It is quite frequent in families that they haven't let their puppy go outside up to three months of life onwards, which causes an inability of the dog to adapt to new situations, environments and people. It is also common in cases of Noah's syndrome.

In general, dogs suffering from sensory deprivation syndrome are unable to interact naturally and experience fear and panic with virtually any stimulus. Sometimes you don't need a simple approach, the dog urinates even when people come home.

Negative experiences, fears and phobias

As we have commented previously, the dog begins to experience fears when the socialization process ends. From then on, negative experiences can begin to affect them emotionally causing them to carry out behaviors related to fear, such as urinating on top. In the most severe cases, negative experiences can become phobias, which are especially complicated to work and treat definitively.

It is important to highlight that genetics also influences in fear, so if your dog's parents were especially fearful or scary, it is likely that your dog has also inherited this characteristic.

A dog that experiences fears will try to avoid situations that generate conflict, can try to flee, attack and even remain immobile, as if petrified. None of these four typical reactions reveals that the dog may suffer more or less fear, but it is certainly a clear indication.

If we have also decided to punish and scold our dog when he peed, it is likely that we have further aggravated the situation. It is shown that, the use of techniques that include punishment compared to techniques that include positive reinforcement, cause stress and fear in dogs, as well as a greater number of appeasement signals towards the owner.

Dogs urinating with emotion

Apart from fear, we find dogs that urinate on top of emotion. Do you wonder why your dog pees when it gets excited? Generally these situations occur when we get home and they are basically due to the great excitement our dog feels when he sees us. In these cases it will be essential to avoid manipulating, speaking and even greeting him, with the objective that he begins to have greater self-control and that the situations do not act as a trigger for urination.

What can I do if my dog ​​urinates when I pet it?

After ruling out any disease, it would be convenient to see a specialist in canine behavior, such as an ethologist, a trainer or an educator. Why? Unlike a "common" owner, with basic knowledge of canine language and behavior, a specialist will be able to assess the case correctly, offer you an approximate diagnosis, concrete guidelines for your case and can even perform with you behavior modification sessions to work the problem as far as possible.

It is important to note that not all dogs will be able to successfully overcome their fears. Sometimes, a combination of genetics and bad experiences can cause our partner is not able to overcome their fears permanently, but in other cases the recovery can be simply spectacular.

How to prevent my dog ​​from urinating?

Next we will show you some 10 basic tips that can help your dog show more confident and relaxed with you, however, they do not constitute any definitive therapy, for this you must seek professional help that can give you the personalized attention that your dog requires, do not forget:

  1. Do not force the dog to interact with you or with other people, he must always take the initiative.
  2. Avoid punishment, even if your dog has urinated in front of you, that will only make the situation worse.
  3. Make sure your interactions are completely predictable so that the dog always knows what will happen.
  4. Respect your dog when he hides or runs away, leave him the space he is asking for.
  5. Value the option of acquiring synthetic pheromones for dogs with anxiety that improve their emotional state.
  6. Always maintain a relaxed body posture, do not lean over it, better approach sideways.
  7. Avoid staring at him, chasing him, yelling at him or any other action that might disturb him.
  8. Offer him prizes, toys and talk to him using a sweet, sharp and soft tone.
  9. Place a carrier or "nest" in an area away from your house so that the dog can hide if you wish.
  10. Make an active routine of walks, exercise, mental stimulation or smell games, always gradual.

Fear is a very common behavior problem and it is common to confuse the behavior of a dog that is afraid of socialization problems or traumas with abuse, for that reason, you may be interested in discovering the 5 most frequent signs of mistreated dogs. If your dog has also been adopted, you can also benefit from the advice we offer in the advice article for a fearful adopted dog. Start today to work positively with your dog and do not forget to see a specialist if the case does not improve or worsens.

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How to control your dog when excited

The first thing is reduce initial enthusiasm when we get home.

To reduce this dog's excitement:

Usually after 6 or 7 months of age this behavior will disappearbut if still the adult dog still having urine leaks it may be a health problem and we must go to the vet. However, very often, the problem is not caused by health problems and is only a case of too much excitement.

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Comments (30)

Ok, it is clear to me to do in case of loss of urine when you get home, but mine urinates when the punishment is a German shepherd of 2 months, I have a newspaper rolled up and when I make it sound it leaks, I do low This problem and how do I correct it? I have no intention of mistreating her but I don't know how to educate her without the newspaper. Thank you

Hi Silvana, she urinates out of fear, if you do not know how to educate her you should hire the services of a professional, you are doing a negative education, and positive reinforcement works much better.

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Hello my dog ​​is a Doberman is 1 year old and still urinates when they pet him, how normal can he be and how long would he have to check with a veterinarian?

Hello, my girlfriend has a one-year-old Beagle and she urinates even on nerves or a lot of excitement when we greet or correct what she can do in this case? And if it's a disease, what could it be?

It is not a disease, it is something normal that happens to many dogs, try not to greet him with much euphoria and when you correct him try to do it without abruptness

Jessica Herrejon Torres

hello I have an Australian shepherd dog is 10 months old, she does not like anyone to touch her only those who live with her urinates when she is frightened or excited, nor does she like to go outside, pulls on her leash in the direction of the house When he gets scared, he sticks his tail inside his legs that I can do. Thank you

Try to bring goodies that you like, make him use his nose and associate the walk as something positive. If it doesn't work for you, you should hire a professional to evaluate what happens to you and help you