Is your dog urinating while wagging its tail each time you return home? While you may be tempted to think that your dog is just difficult to potty train, this problem is more a behavioral one. In some dogs, especially small dogs, urination can be triggered by an overly excited state.

This usually happens when the dog is happy beyond limits and appears like forgetting how to control its bladder. Whether it is your return home, the visit of your friends, or any other facts that can make your dog excited, they can all make your dog pee in an unexpected manner. This can be quite frustrating and embarrassing, especially if it happens on someone’s shoes or pants.

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How to recognize excitement urination?

It is an episode that usually happens out of a sudden. You will see the dog wagging its tail and even jumping around, filled with excitement. The next second you will see it peeing on the ground or even as it moves. Yes, some dogs don’t even bother lowering their bottom, as they pee standing or while playing.

So, if the peeing episode is always accompanied by states of joy and exhilaration, we are definitely talking about excitement urination. Thus, don’t assume that your dog is just behaving badly. He just needs to learn how to calm down before he is unable to stop his bladder.


Small dog urination is frequent among dogs under 1 year

The best part about excitement urination is that it may go away, as soon as your new pup matures. When they are young, they find it difficult to control their bladder anyhow, so excitement only makes it worse. While it can be unpleasant, be patient as your small puppy will soon grow out of it.

So, if you are having a puppy that gets excited rather easy, this is definitely the reason it is peeing rather often inside the house. This is something that can happen even in the case of mature dogs, due to the fact that the muscle controlling the bladder relaxes completely when the dog is relaxed. As you can tell, things are even more difficult for a pup that doesn’t have full control over his bladder is normal and calm situations.


What to do about my small dog urination episodes?

Whether we are talking about small puppies or mature dogs, excitement urination can be quite unpleasant for you, the owner. Most certainly you would like to know how to deal with it. Or, at least minimize it until your puppy grows older.

First of all, you need to bear in mind that it is exciting episodes that trigger urination in your dog. So, you will have to reduce the occurrence of such episodes or their intensity as much as it is possible. When you return home, for example, don’t give your pup any form of attention. Don’t talk to it, don’t look at it, and, above all, don’t touch it.

Do not feed its excitement by giving it the attention it craves. Besides this, maintain a calm state of mind and behavior. Act like your return home is nothing to jump about, just another normal event. So, even if your dog jumps all over you, simply ignore it and do what you would normally do.

In case your dog pees on the floor, do not yell at it or punish it. It is very easy to trigger other behavioral issues this way. For instance, your dog’s excitement urination can turn into submissive urination if it will see you as a very intimating subject. Simply clean the area with adequate cleaning products while keeping your calm state of mind.

You can also use some tricks to keep his mind occupied. For example, teach your dog to sit or lie down. Both of these positions will minimize or prevent the dog from urinating. Also, you can train your dog to perform some tricks in order to be rewarded. If your small dog loves belly scratches, work on training it to roll over so you can reward it that way.


Patience is key

The best way to make sure you will get rid of this problem is to teach your dog to be calm. For this, you should be the inspiration. It is very hard for a dog to calm down when its owner has the wrong attitude. Remember to stay calm and remove all negative thoughts or show any signs of excitement. It is easy to calm a pet down with a gentle scratch behind the ear when you are in a calm state of mind.

It may take a while until you will obtain the desired results, especially in the case of small breeds. Still, it isn’t impossible. Be consistent about your dog’s training, which also involves praising the dog when it does its duty where it’s supposed to.


Kate Washington is a Marketing Specialist for Charlotte Dog Club. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Behavior and understands that having a happy life alongside your companion is more than training it for obedience