The average puppy is quite similar to a bundle of energy. They usually just run all over the place, bark at anything they see, and play whenever they can.
You won’t hear us complaining about it though. We love puppies specifically because they are so energetic, playful, and not to mention, adorable.
However, we can’t deny that there are some habits puppies develop that are not exactly our favorites. Amongst them is sudden urinating.
You’re having a good time with your pup or maybe he/she is playing around with your other pets and then all of a sudden, urine just comes flowing out.
What exactly is going on and can you do something to prevent your pup from suddenly peeing?
Understanding Why Puppies Tend to Pee Out of Nowhere
Before we can discuss the dog training methods you can use to teach your pup to stop surprise urination, we first have to understand why this happens in the first place.
It’s important to know that there are two different types of surprise urination. The first type is known as submissive urination and the other one is often caused by excitement.
According to the Humane Society, submissive urination is normal for puppies. Dogs in the wild do this to show the alpha of the pack that they are submitting to their leadership. Basically, when dogs urinate in submission, they are letting their fellow dogs or their owners know that they are not a threat.
Notably, submissive urination can also take place when a puppy is being scolded or greeted.
Peeing from excitement is, well, exactly that.
Your puppy may just be excited by what’s going on around him/her and suddenly feel the need to pee. It’s just nature taking its course, so to speak.
What You Can Do about Sudden Urination
First, you should avoid scolding your puppy if he/she pees suddenly. By doing so, your puppy will keep repeating that specific habit.
Instead, help them outside carefully so that they can urinate with no issue. You may also want to avoid surprising them and exposing them to more kinds of new stimuli so that fewer things catch them off guard.
As your puppy grows older, he/she should outgrow this behavior and urination will be saved until the walk outside.
By the way, if your dog still continues to urinate suddenly into adulthood, have him/her checked. Surprise urination persisting at that age could be a sign of a medical issue.
Surprise peeing may be an annoying habit of your puppy, but it’s not something he/she has complete control over. As his/her trusted human, it’s up to you to help him/her move past this behavior.
TAILored Pet Services’ professional dog walkers are not certified trainers, but they will aid in the training of your dog as much as they can during walks. Whether it’s the issue of surprise urination or any other behavioral quirk, you can count on us to provide you with as much as assistance as possible. Please contact us at 425-923-7791 or visit our website to learn more about our services and rates.