My 4-year-old female dachshund piddles when she gets excited. Otherwise, she’s perfectly potty trained. Is there anything we can do about this?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
"Excitement urination" is a fairly common problem, especially for female dachshunds. Dogs that tend to be submissive in nature -- due to their size, genetics, sex and other factors -- are more prone to do this undesired behavior. Believe it or not, in the dog world, it's a sign of respect: The release sends a chemical, and very odiferous, message to the other dog or person about the piddler's non-threatening social standing.
Have your dog checked by your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues, such as kidney and bladder infections, which can cause more frequent urination.
Assuming your dog is healthy, try to identify what triggers its excitement. Often, owners leave their pets at home alone all day. When they return and greet the dogs, the combination of good company, attention, playtime and food could understandably bowl over any sensitive, loving animal. Many owners report that they pretend to ignore their dogs at first, letting them calm down before providing food and attention. Ask your guests to do the same. The goal isn't to disregard your dog's needs but to slowly calm everything down so your pet doesn't get emotionally overwhelmed.
Another trick is to reinforce "sit" and "stay" commands with your dog. Using these commands when you greet your dog, and at other predictable piddle times, can help redirect its attention during moments when your pet is most excited.