Excitement Urination in Dogs

Excitement urination is just what it sounds like—when dogs urinate upon greetings or during playtime. Their excitement level goes up, and their bladder releases. This issue mostly occurs in young puppies who don’t have control over their bladders yet, and will usually go away on its own. If it doesn’t, though, you’ll have to train your dog to stop or see a professional. Here, a Poway veterinarian discusses the issue in more detail.

Check with Your Veterinarian

Before doing anything, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your dog checked out. In some cases, medical issues or disease could be causing the excitement urination problem. Your vet will need to rule out any such issues before continuing.

Play Outdoors and Walk Often

If your puppy exhibits excitement urination during playtime, play outside to avoid indoor accidents. Also take frequent walks when you’re not playing so your dog has plenty of chances to go. Until your puppy is older and has better control of his bladder, you’ll need to keep this up to avoid any unfortunate messes on the carpet. Consult your veterinarian for advice on proper playtime, walking frequency, and walk lengths.

Keep Greetings Mild

Your puppy will pick up on your own excitability and get excited himself, possibly leading to more urination. Keep comings and goings from your home low-key—don’t make a big fuss, hug your dog, or talk in a high-pitched coddling voice.

Seek Professional Help

If your puppy’s behavior continues into adulthood, you may have to seek the help of your veterinarian or a trained animal behaviorist. Training procedures can be put in place that will wean your dog away from his urinary issues—your 4S veterinarian can make a recommendation on a behavioral professional and put you in touch with one. Visit our Behavioral Counseling page for more information.

It’s important to note that excitement urination is not the same thing as submissive urination—this is an entirely different problem. Talk to your veterinarian about the differences and if you think your pet is exhibiting either behavior.


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