Newly adopted 2 year old dog has excitement peeing problem, any advice?

asked 2018-09-01 02:27:37 -0500

We just adopted a 2 year old cocker spaniel from a family who no longer could care for him. He has no other behavioral issues, and is fine when we are with him. We have left him alone minimally, 4 hours at the most, but when we get him out of his crate and put his collar on he pees a lot. And then when we get him out, he pees outside. He doesn’t do this when he has been crated in our room all night, only when he has been left alone. He doesn’t pee in his crate while we are gone, just when we let him out. Otherwise, he lets us know when he wants to go out, by going to the door, so he is very house broken. Is this just a new environment Issue that will go away with time? Or is there something we need to do to help him not do this? We never scold him, just take him right out and clean it up. We are just wondering if this is something that will go away or not. Thanks!

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answered 2018-09-05 05:47:13 -0500

This is a hard question to give you a straight answer to. It can go either way. Sometimes dogs can grow out of this behavior while other times it is something that you gotta work on. A couple of things that could help.... When you first get home, do not make a big deal about it. Ignoring her for a few minutes until she settles down. Another trick that a client did was she taught her dog, :"Go to your spot". This gives the dog a command to focus in on when they would let her out of her crate. (As odd as it does sound, it does work) Good Luck!

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answered 2018-09-16 23:08:53 -0500

I rescued a 1 year old dog with this problem. So far, the behavior hasn't completely gone away but it has been greatly improved.

You are correct in not punishing him and cleaning it up without him seeing it.

Here is what has been working for us. We ignore all the animals upon leaving and returning home. No words are spoken and no eye contact is made. We go straight to the back door and escort the overly excited dog outside by herself. Still no words are spoken, we point to the area where she goes and we wait. We ignore her attempts to get our attention. When she has done her business, she gets praise and attention.

We always leash and unleash outside or in the garage. We remind our guests outside our front door to ignore the dog until she has calmed herself down. All communication with her are in a calm monotone voice with absolutely no excited baby talk.

We take her out about every 4-5 hours and watch her to insure she empties her bladder.

There has been great improvement.

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answered 2018-09-05 14:49:47 -0500

Agree with Erica - a helpful tactic is to stay calm, don't make a big deal about coming and going. Maybe try it a few times. Go out for 10 minutes and come back without making a big deal, you need to make it seem like it isn't super exciting and not to escalate the dog's excitement.

Having them go into their bed, as well, or a place to calm down is really helpful as well. Good luck!

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answered 2018-09-10 19:33:52 -0500

I opened this curious to see if it was a Cocker, and INDEED it is, lol! In the case of Cockers, this is actually a breed trait. My mom's cocker is approaching old age—they have been able to train her to avoid mistakes most of the time, but even now she will sometimes do it when guests arrive, if they don't take care to remain calm and help her do the same.

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My mom says that she was told that this is called "submissive peeing," but I didn't include that in my response only because that term sounds fraught with a lot of disputed ideas about dominance and submission w/ regard to dogs and their owners.

Tim J.'s profile image Tim J.  ( 2018-09-10 19:35:52 -0500 ) edit

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