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Do you have a dog who has an issue with submissive urination? Some tips to help.

It is important to note that submissive urination is almost always linked to a dog who is fearful or insecure! Obedience and/or agility training will help your dog build confidence.

Submissive urination is a common issue. It is a dog’s way of saying “I submit to you and do not challenge you.” This type of dog needs a gentle hand and needs confidence building! Pay close attention to your body language, facial expressions and tone of voice.

Below are some tips to help your dog overcome this issue:

How you greet your dog is of utmost importance! How your guests greet your dog is equally important. Two words “low key.” Do not bend over your dog and ask others not to as well. From the dog’s perspective, we are towering over them and this is a dominant posture that can intimidate a shy, anxious, fearful (or all of the foregoing) dog. This will absolutely trigger the urination.

Most dogs get excited when company comes to visit. If your guests come in and greet the dog excitedly, your dog will get over excited and will have a much more difficult time controlling his bodily functions.

The best way to greet this type of dog is to squat down to the dog’s level for the greeting. It is also helpful to ask guests to ignore the dog completely at first and give him an opportunity to calm down before they greet him at all.

Have treats close to the front door so you or your guests can grab a few when coming in. Tossing treats few feet in front of your dog will get him to focus on the treats instead of you or the guest. Avoid bending down over the dog to give him the treats.

Allow your dog to calm down a little and not greet your guests until they are sitting down. If they are sitting down, they aren’t towering over the dog at the time of the greeting. So simple.

Never yell at or punish your dog for this behavior because it will only make it worse.

Train your dog to go fetch a toy when someone comes to the door or to go to “place” when someone comes in to give your dog something else to focus on.

Again, training builds confidence.