The WHYs of Submissive Dog Urination
It’s hard not to think of dog’s as integral members of our families. All too often, we forget they’re even a different species. We just get so used to their habits and behaviours. But once in a while, your dog will do something that leaves you baffled. One such behaviour is submissive dog urination.
Like people, dogs come in all personality shapes and sizes. Submissive dogs often aren’t such a handful as their dominant counterparts. But they still come with a few quirks.If your dog urinates, it’s not them deliberately misbehaving. It can be a crucial behaviour. To stop it from happening, first, you’ve got to understand why.
What is submissive dog urination?
Why do they do it?
Submissive dog urination occurs when a dog pees in response to fear or anxiety. The act of peeing is often accompanied by other submissive behaviour, like flattening of ears, avoiding eye contact, lowering head and neck, sitting or cowering, tucking the tail, and exposing their bellies.
Many owners mistake submissive urination for poor house training.
But taking your dog outside while they’re submissively urinating won’t stop it from happening again. Because the cause isn’t about an association with the outdoors. Rather it’s caused by chronic fear.
Why and when does submissive dog urination occur?
There are many reasons why your dog may submissively urinate. All revolve around the fear response. It’s critical to notice the context of the peeing to determine if it’s submissive urination. For example, your dog may:
– Feel like they are being confronted
– Hear loud or angry voices
– See threatening cues, like staring or fast movements
– Try to allay threats
– Be receiving punishment
Submissive urination should not be confused with excitedly urinating. The latter occurs in active situations, such as a greeting or when demonstrating clear excitement. Look for a wagging tail and pricked up ears.
How can a dog overcome submissive dog urination?
If you’ve just spotted submissive dog urination, it’s essential to rule out other possible causes first. Consider seeking a thorough veterinary examination.
Once you’ve confirmed submissive dog urination, you should:
– Maintain a calm and consistent routine. Try to eliminate any fearful events that would induce the behaviour.
– When approaching strangers or dealing with new situations, go slow. Ensure that they remain positive and happy using treats – and stop if they’re beginning to get frightened. It’s all about building up their confidence.
– Ask friends and family to avoid eye contact when approaching. They also should approach from the side and get down to the dog’s level, i.e., on their knees.
– Keep your voices low, and do not shout.
– Do not punish your dog for submissive urination – the problem will only worsen.
– Encourage people to pet the dog’s chin, not the head.
– Limit water at times when submissive urination is most likely