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Puppy Urination – It’s Not About Housebreaking

Understanding Puppy Urination

Understanding Puppy UrinationPuppy urination is one of the most frustrating behaviors to correct and to understand especially when you are a first-time puppy owner. If you are trying to housebreak your puppy, understanding that not all puppy urination behaviors come from housebreaking-type issues will help you to correct unwanted puppy urination behavior and get your puppy housebroken faster.

Puppy Submissive Urination

Puppies six months of age or younger urinate for a variety of reasons besides the obvious, which is the little ones have to use the bathroom. If your puppy squats and then urinates and does this behavior consistently (when you approach), then this behavior is most likely puppy submissive urination. This type of behavior usually happens because of an insecurity issue which may have been brought about by punishment or being scared or intimidated.

Puppy Excitement Urination

If your puppy is wagging its tail or jumping around, running around, or looks to be excited and then urinates, then this behavior is because your puppy (mostly) has not able to control it’s bladder and is getting too excited.

Some tips to help fix Puppy Submissive and Puppy Excitement Urination:

  1. Make sure you are actively trying to housebreak your puppy. Suggested reading on how to housebreak a dog or puppy fast.
  2. Puppies that have submissive urination are generally scared or intimidated easily. A simple way of correcting this behavior is to calmly approach your puppy while speaking in a low, calm voice. Try getting your puppy to come to you rather than run from you which will usually cause the puppy submissive urination.
  3. Remember that puppies that have excitement urination generally will outgrow the behavior as they learn to control their bladder.
  4. As your puppy grows – crouch low and call your puppy to you. If the puppy comes to you after the desired command, reward with a treat. If you have to approach your puppy, use a calm soothing voice and don’t tower over your puppy – crouch lower in front of your puppy. If you repeat this behavior, you should be able to get your puppy to slowly develop trust and the behavior will slowly disappear.

The key to solving the above two puppy urination behaviors is active housebreaking and taking the time to incorporate the above into your training routine. Puppies that are 6 months and younger require a good deal of patience, and affection, especially when it comes to puppy submissive and puppy excitement urination issues.