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How to Stop Excitement Urination

This problem often results from a dog never quite getting the hang of housetraining and bladder control. As soon as she gets excited, she loses control of her bladder and pees everywhere.

The solution is to make the situations where the problem typically happens much less exciting. For instance, often owners find this problem happens when they come home from work and greet their dog. But they’re also making a huge fuss when they come home, overexciting the dog.

Just play down all the situations where excitement urination may occur. Don’t greet the dog at all when you come home, for instance. By playing down exciting situations as much as possible, you’ll make it less likely she’ll lose control and pee herself.

When you come home, instead of greeting the dog, go straight outside to her toilet area. Wait for her to go to the toilet before you give her any attention. In fact, don’t give any positive attention until her excitement has passed and she has calmed down. This will let her know she can’t greet you when she’s hyperactive.

This problem can also happen when the dog is meeting a stranger. If you have a friend coming over, let them know in advance that they shouldn’t make a big deal about meeting the dog. Try to introduce new people in an outside environment.

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"I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn't excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother."

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