Alfie is 3 months old and every time we come home, or anyone comes to visit he pees a little. I know he’s excited to see us, and we feel the same way, but now we have stains on our carpet. Even if he does it on the floor it’s still a behaviour we would like to change. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Samantha
I know what you’re saying, who wants to come home to pee stains on the carpet! It’s common for a puppy to lose control when they’re excited and it’s called “excitement urination.” Most will grow out of it, but you may not want to wait to see if that happens in Alfie’s case.
I always recommend a trip to the vet when there is an issue, just to rule out a medical reason.
The good news is, there are things you can do to stop it.
Rather than you, and everyone else who comes into your home, making a big fuss of Alfie when you walk through the door, keep it low key, ignoring him if you have to. Once he’s calm you can interact. Make sure all visitors are told before they come knocking
Let him decide who he wants to greet, as that can relieve some of the pressure he may be feeling when everyone runs over to him because he’s so darn cute!
Get down to his level, rather than looming over him
When socialising your pup, do so gradually, so he’s not exposed to too many new things, environments…too quickly
Teach your dog to “sit” before greeting anyone
Make sure Alfie is getting enough physical exercise and mental stimulation. A dog that is tired won’t be as excitable
Never, ever punish your dog for this or any other unwanted behaviour