When Do Puppies Outgrow their Excitement Peeing Behavior?
Just like babies, puppies are prone to making household mistakes as their bodies are still very much in the development stage. One specific behavior that many puppy owners wonder about is excitement urination. This is when a puppy starts to pee whenever they get excited, such as when you return home or when you start playing with the puppies.
Why Do Puppies Pee When They Get Excited?
First off, it’s a very common behavior among puppies to pee whenever they get excited so there’s no major reason to be concerned if your puppy is doing the same. The main reason this occurs is due to the fact that your puppy is still growing and they have yet to have full control of their bladder muscles.
They will eventually outgrow the peeing behavior whenever they get excited. This, however, won’t happen overnight. The puppy will usually outgrow this behavior by the time they are one year old. Until that occurs, there are other steps you can take to try and prevent the puppy from dribbling his pee whenever he gets excited.
Before we cover these steps, make sure you never shout, hit, or get angry at the puppy when he pees. This only builds a huge level of mistrust between you and your dog. Dog owners who are new to dog care and training should understand that the best way to train a dog is to do so via positive reinforcement. This means you are offering a dog a reward whenever he performs a good behavior.
How to Stop a Puppy from Peeing When He Gets Excited
Until your puppy develops his bladder muscles, what we suggest would be to train your dog to not get overly excited in certain situations. First, you will need to note down the most common situations when your puppy urinates. This could be when you get back home from work or when you are about to take the puppy out for a walk. If it happens when you get home then we suggest the following:
1. Stay calm as soon as you get home. Don’t shower the puppy with affection by hugging him or giving him endless pats on the head. In some cases, you may want to ignore the presence of the puppy until he shows signs of calmness.
2. When the puppy has calmed down, give him a treat. This is an example of positive reinforcement. You are telling your dog that staying calm is considered good behavior.
3. Make sure to give your puppy treats when you are potty-training him. The puppy will eventually understand that he should only be peeing in a designated area of the house. Taking these steps (as well as other training routines) will help you to develop a calm and confident dog.
In addition to the above tips, you should also time the potty breaks strategically. For example, you may anticipate that your dog will get excited during certain times of the day (e.g. when a guest is soon to arrive or when he is about to go for his afternoon walk). You can build a potty break routine around these behaviors so your puppy won’t have much to pee by the time he gets excited.