View Full Version : Submissive peeing

8th August 2007, 06:30 PM
Over the last week i've noticed that when i get home from work or when i take Bonnie in from the garden she gets excited and she pees? She doesn't squat or anything-just goes while she's bouncing round me. Has anyone any advice on what i could do about this?

I read that to avoid this submissive peeing that i should avoid touching her on top of her head-instead touch her under her chin :confused: Bit confused as to why?!

8th August 2007, 06:34 PM
If she's submissive peeing, she isn't at all aware that she is doing it! There is nothing you can do about it aside from ignoring her & letting her calm down first & you not being (in her eyes) so forward. Patting a dog on the head is a very strong signal to a dog & something that would be seen as very forward & commanding.

8th August 2007, 06:40 PM
Oh... I always thought petting her on the head was a gentle sort of gesture :o
So would i be better off ignoring her for a bit when i get home? Will she grow out of it?

8th August 2007, 06:42 PM
She's definately not aware she's doin it-this evenin she immediately lay down on her back in d middle of d puddle for me to scratch her belly!!!!
Bath asap methinks :rolleyes: :D

8th August 2007, 06:44 PM
Petting on top of the head is an issue because your hand is above their head, I believe. Just like hugs can be seen in a similar way since dog to dog communication of being above or on top is a sign of dominance. You can pet her head, but probably not when you walk in a door for the first time that day or let anyone else do it that she isn't comfortable around.

The best idea is to let the dog calm down before you greet when you come home. Over excitement causes a lot of submissive peeing. It is something that puppies do grow out of, though, you'll be pleased to hear!

8th August 2007, 06:48 PM
Thanks that's great!
Wasn't sure if it was something i had to teach her not to do or not.