3 Reasons Why Your Dog is Suddenly Trying to Pee on You
A dog is suddenly trying to pee on you and you might have absolutely no clue as to what’s going on to cause this behavior. A dog peeing on anyone or anything is often a sign of dominance and marking territory, but other issues could be causing the peeing behavior. It’s important to note why your dog is peeing on you and correct it quickly so it doesn’t become more of a problem in your household.
1. Your Dog Could be “Marking” You
You probably know that dogs are some of the most territorial creatures out there. One of the most common ways that a dog marks his territory is to pee on what he considers to be his. If your dog pees on you, then he could be marking you as his own and as part of his territory. Your dog might do this if there is another dog around or people he is unfamiliar with.
2. Your Dog Could be Wanting More Attention
A dog could pee on you because they want more attention and this is known as urine marking. This is a more stressed type of peeing, so it’s not the same dominance marking you might be aware of. If your routine has changed in a way that involves your dog not getting as much attention, he might seek it out by peeing on you or on your items. The lack of attention might be due to you having a new boyfriend or girlfriend, getting another animal, working more from home, or even having a baby.
3. It Could Just be a Case of Wrong Place/Wrong Time
Sometimes a dog might pee on you because you just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Excitement peeing can happen, usually if you were gone at work all day and then walk in the door. Your dog might just get too excited to see you and then pee a little as they greet you.
The wrong place wrong time events can happen for many reasons, such as being outside with your dog and he decides to pee in the area where you are standing. You also might have missed the cue your dog needs to go outside and he simply can’t hold it in anymore.
How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing on People
If your dog is peeing on people as a response to changes in the household, it’s important to get your dog acclimated with the new situation. With a new boyfriend or girlfriend in the house, have the dog and that person interact with one another regularly. Make the new family member feed and give your dog treats, and use positive reinforcement during these situations.
You also can prevent your dog from peeing on people by recognizing the signs your dog is about to pee and correct the issue. If you notice your dog sniffing around as if he is going to pee, clap your hands or make other loud types of noise to distract him from what he’s about to do. Direct the attention to the yard and try to get him to go outside. Use positive reinforcement here too, so if he goes outside and pees there, give him a treat.
Lastly, if you feel that your dog is doing this out of stress, then you could also talk to your vet about medications to help him. This is especially helpful while you are training your dog to get used to new people, pets, or places. Medications should be a short-term fix unless medical issues are causing the peeing.