By Janice A. Jones | Last Updated January 30, 2020
Submissive Urination is worrisome for some small dog lovers who deal with it daily.
If you are having problems with your dog urinating in front of you during greetings or when you are assuming a dominant stance, chances are it could be submissive in nature.
Before you come to that conclusion, you need to rule out out other possibilities. It is important to have your dog checked out by a veterinarian.
Some medical problems cause dogs to urinate more frequently such as bladder infections, bladder stones, or other health problems. These need medical attention.
Simply put, submissive urination is a form of canine communication common in the dog world, but not so appreciated in human terms. Puppies and young dogs tend to urinate as a way to show submission to someone who they feel is dominant over them. Older dogs may pee if they feel anxious or stressed in a situation and feel the need to appease their owner or another dog.
Although submissive urination may occur at the same time as excitement urination, there are different causes and occurs at various times including greetings.
Even though they are similar, dogs that have housebreaking problems such as these are usually shy or insecure, females, young puppies that are startled, or ones that have been harshly repeatedly punished.
If there is more than one dog in the household, the lowest ranking member is likely the one with the problem. Your omega dog.
Urinating in dog language is a sign of respect for those in leadership.
When they urinate, they are saying, I know you are the leader and I’m a follower.
If you want to consider yourself the alpha, then your submissive dog is the omega. In times of stress, the urinary sphincter relaxes releasing the urine. The dog does not have control over this at the time.
Keeping the environment calm and as stress-free as possible for insecure dogs is the key to preventing this type of behavior. Since we don’t have complete control over what happens, it is unlikely that we will be able to avoid it entirely. Reducing the occurrence of urination should be your goal.
You will be able to identify submissive urination if your dog pees almost unconsciously in certain circumstances.
These are all obvious signs that what you are experience is not normal urination, incontinence or excitement urination.
Confident puppies and adult dogs do not show any signs of submissive urination. Shy or timid dogs, however are at high risk for peeing at the most inopportune moments.
There are many reasons why dogs might be shy or timid and both genetics and environment play a roll. If a dog has a history of being abused or punished harshly, they are also at risk.
If your dog’s uncontrolled urination is part of a more generalized anxiety, treating the underlying fear and anxiety will be necessary.
There are many different types of calming agents on the market today all of which work reasonably well. Your veterinarian should be able to prescribe something for an overly anxious dog. Talk to your vet about products that will help.
Music in the environment can help. Read more about calming an anxious dog in this way.
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