My Dog Pees When Excited and My Carpet is Getting Ruined

My dog pees when excited and my carpet is getting ruined

Dear Hindy,

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

My Dog Pees When Excited and My Carpet is Getting Ruined

Dear 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

Good luck.

 

 

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I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

26 Comments

  1. Cathy Armato

    Great advice Hindy. Phoebe used to get super excited when we come home from anywhere, but I just ignore her and wait until she sits nicely for petting and it’s fine. Not making a big deal of entering or leaving the home is a huge help.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Cathy, and I bet you saw a huge difference in Phoebe’s behaviour in a short period of time.

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  2. Ruth Epstein

    Great post and although I have not had that problem I have heard about it from others and will remember now what to share when we are all talking in the park and trying to solve problems

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Sounds great Ruth, hope it helps others!

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  3. Debra Bailey

    These are great tips! I had a jack russel about 10 years ago who would “happy pee” we called it. We worked through it in time, but it can definitely be an inconvenient issue. Even if it’s kinda cute. LOL

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I love that you called it “happy pee.” Definitely puts a positive and cheerful spin on something that can be so annoying!!

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  4. Adriana Lopez

    One of my dogs had that problem but with time it was fixed. We do everything for our pets they are like our kids so while this could be annoying it is part of the joys of being a pet parent.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Glad the problem was resolved Adriana. You’re so right we do everything we can for them, and of course some things are annoying but they can be worked on and it’s all part of what we signed up for!!

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  5. Michelle

    These tips are great, I have used these on a relative’s dog that does happy pees and they definitely work. I would ignore him, open the door so he could go into the garden, wait till he had calmed a bit and then greet him. It takes time and consistency so happy pees are longer what greets you when you come home.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thank you Michelle and so glad to hear success stories. You’re right it’s about time and consistency and then you see some great results.

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  6. Holly

    Great tips. We saw lots of excited peeing at the pet store.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Like a kid in the candy store!

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  7. Lola The Rescued Cat

    I can imagine this would be a frustrating problem. These tips are great, and I can see that with consistency they will be successful.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Lola!! Consistency is key.

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  8. Jana Rade

    Submissive urination can happen to any dog. Building confidence and keeping things as calm and non-threatening as possible is the key.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I agree 100% Jana.

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  9. Maureen

    Great tips. I wish I knew this when we had a dog years ago that would pee a lot. Often she would pee when she saw my husband, almost as a submissive gesture.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Maureen…handy tips for next time!!

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  10. Sweet Purrfections

    Great advice. I’m probably guilty of being overly excited when I see my family’s dogs. Can’t help it

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      It’s definitely hard to contain enthusiasm, but I don’t even look at Jack when I come home so he’s so calm. My husband on the other hand…

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  11. Tenacious Little Terrier

    We had a foster dog like that. We were renting at the time with carpet and he would just pee in your lap. Hard problem to tackle!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I had a puppy mill rescue who would pee if you even looked at her, but of course that was fear not excitement. I prefer carpeting I think it makes a home cosier but with certain dogs…not the best flooring.

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  12. Sadie

    Fantastic post and advice. Also, a great reminder for those of us with excitable dogs. I have a hard time keeping it ‘low key’ when I come home. I’m just as excited to see my pack as they are to see me. For the sake of my front door, I will gone it down a few notches.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks!! I’m very low key when I come home, Jack doesn’t even flinch, but when my husband comes home there’s non stop barking, jumping around…

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  13. Sonja of Montecristo Travels

    SOOOOOO glad I have not had this issue with any of my dogs so far. Phew!!
    Now about stopping a pup from eating the baseboards…..

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I’ve had a dog pee because of fear, sadly. Good luck with that!!

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