Have you ever noticed your new puppy losing a few drops of urine when they get too excited or meet new people? If you have, don’t fret. You’re not alone! This phenomenon is called excitement urination, and it’s actually pretty common among young dogs. Understanding what it is and how to manage it can go a long way in making both your life and your pup’s life a whole lot easier.
What Is Excitement Urination?
Excitement urination is a normal behavior in puppies and young dogs who haven’t yet gained full control over their bladders. It usually happens when they’re feeling particularly excited, anxious, or submissive. Think of it as their way of saying, “I’m overwhelmed with emotion!”
Why Does It Happen?
Excitement urination is typically a developmental stage. It often occurs because the puppy’s muscles that control urination aren’t fully developed yet. This is something they usually grow out of as they age and gain better control.
Is It a Medical Issue?
While excitement urination is generally not a cause for alarm, it’s always a good idea to rule out any underlying medical conditions. Frequent urination, even when not excited, could be a sign of a urinary tract infection or other issues. If you notice this, it’s time to make a vet appointment.
Managing Excitement Urination in Puppies
Okay, so we’ve identified the “what” and the “why” of excitement urination. Now let’s talk about how you can manage this quirky habit until your pup grows out of it.
- Keep Greetings Low-Key: You know how you feel when you see your pup after a long day? Over the moon, right? Well, your puppy feels the same way! However, keeping greetings calm and low-key can help minimize excitement and the likelihood of an accident.
- Use Positive Reinforcement: Positive reinforcement works wonders. Whenever your pup greets someone without an accident, reward them with a treat or a loving pat. This will encourage good behavior.
- Consult Your Vet: If you’ve tried everything and the problem persists, it might be time to consult the professionals. Your vet can rule out any medical issues and provide targeted advice.
If excitement urination is becoming a persistent issue for your puppy, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian to rule out any potential health concerns. At Shawsheen Animal Hospital in Tewksbury, MA, we have a team of caring experts ready to help you and your furry friend. To make an appointment, just give us a call at (978) 851-5558 or request an appointment online.
Remember, every puppy is different, and what works for one may not work for another. So keep an open mind, be patient, and know that your pup will most likely grow out of this phase.