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wees when excited

Species: dog | Category: general | Submitted: 17 October 2007 04:57PM | viewed 5269 times
Q Sheila asks:

Lulu is only 6-months old and wees quite a lot when she's excited, which being a happy puppy means most of the time. What can I do to stop this? We will have her spayed when she's had her first season, can the vet do something to prevent this at the same time? Thanks.

Q Our vet says: Unfortunately this is one of those things that can be difficult to prevent or stop. Many female dogs pass a small amount of urine when they get excited and it often displays their submissive character. If you "talk dog" or understand what their behaviour means you will know that urination is often a display of submissive behaviour. It basically means " I am happy but I know that you are the boss and I want you to know how much I respect you".
You could try to bolster her confidence as she grows older and definitely never tell her off for this- she will not understand since as far as dogs are concerned this is possibly one of the most respectful acts she can do for you! Perhaps teaching her a simple command such as "sit" or "down" might help and you could use this command when she gets excited and is about to urinate. The problem will hopefully get better as she gets older but you might want to consider consulting a behaviourist in your area who may be able to help you further.

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