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Submissive or Excitement Urination

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First please realize that this has almost nothing to do with housetraining. Submissive urination is done instinctively by a dog who's trying to make it as clear as he can, in dog language, that he knows you're the boss! Unlike normal urination, submissive urination is usually accompanied by other signals of submission such as lowered ears, lowered tail, lowering his body or sometimes even laying down and rolling over.

Berating a dog for it in any way is not at all helpful. Adding fear of punishment or showing any behavior on your part that can be translated by the dog as aggressive only makes it much much worse. Being usually a puppy behavior, many grow out of it, but not all. Confidence is the key to helping these dogs.

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Last Updated 5/11/09

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