How to Stop Puppy Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is a common form of communication by canine. It is an involuntary reaction of a dog to another being which makes them feel inferior or is intimidating to them. Submissive urination is a subconscious response of canines to a certain action. It can happen usually as a response to a negative towards the dog. For example, when putting a leash or simply staring at the animal. Submissive urination has signs that a dog might show before the action happens. Some of these signs include cowering, raising the front paws, tucking the tails, flattening the ears back, licking the lips or showing a submissive grin. Submissive urination usually occurs in puppies although it may happen to adult dogs as well. Submissive urination can have similarities with excitement peeing like both are involuntary responses but their difference lies in the situations that can trigger these two. For submissive, it is triggered by pessimistic events that may make them feel threatened while for excitement urination, it is triggered by exciting events like playing, or when the owner arrives home.

Although it is said to be normal, submissive urination can be overcome through training. Our main goal in doing such trainings is to build and increase the confidence of our dogs and to redirect their mind to other possible actions that will be able to show their excitement or concern.

Here are 15 tips that can help you:


  • Never punish because of submissive urination. It will only make things worse. This will lower the dog’s self-confidence thus resulting to more mishaps.
  • Enlighten your dog about the world around him. Use various gradually increasing stages that will be able to introduce noises, people, and other dogs. With this method, you will be able to familiarize your dog with the world making him more confident.
  • Do basic yet fun trainings for your dog. this will help him in building his confidence and will also lessen the possible stress that complicated training may bring to your dog and to yourself.
  • If ever your dog was able to pee inside your home, bring him outside without saying a word then clean up the mess without him seeing. Such action will not encourage you to scold your dog.
  • Take your dog out regularly to avoid urinary problems. Giving him time to relieve himself will decrease the pressure your dog may feel in his bladder.
  • Ignore your dog when you come home. Let him calm down before interacting. This will lower his excitement levels thus lowering the possibilities of an “accident” from happening.
  • Do everything slowly and make your body language calm. Keep your voice low. Doing such will decrease the feeling of inferiority from your dog.
  • Refrain from being threatening. Do not show signs of being displeasure no matter what you feel. Remember, submissive urination is caused by such reactions that your dog receives.
  • Take him for walks that may expose him to events or objects that causes his submissive urination. This will make him feel comfortable towards these objects.
  • When petting your dog, refrain from stroking or touching the head or ears, it is better to touch him under the chin or the chest.
  • Be low-key when playing with him and play games that would focus on toys rather than body contact. The reason is that body contact may sometimes be misunderstood giving dogs the impression that they are being hurt and making them feel inferior.
  • Refrain from looking, touching or bending over when your dog starts to urinate or even if you think he might.
  • Never show negative reactions in response to submissive urination.
  • Spend time sitting with him by your side.
  • Avoid people and situations that you cannot control until your dog is able to control himself and is able to build up confidence.

These are only a few tips that may be able to help you, the dog owner, in overcoming such mishaps. Submissive urination may be annoying but this is one of the challenges that owning a dog brings. Yet with a plan and a little attitude adjustment, it can be solved. Remember, patience and persistence will pay off.

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