Lets look at why puppies pee.
Puppies pee because they have a small bladder and they drink so they need to go out frequently -- that is not the problem here.
Puppies pee to mark territory, often times pups at this age do not lift legs yet. Marking can start this early, but dogs are definitely aware of what they are doing when they mark. A mark is done when the dog sniffs another dog, either male or female, and he wants to cover that mark with his own. That simply isn't happening here.
Puppies pee to calm the raging beast. In the pack puppies run about, play, walk all over the other elder pack members. And at some point, Momma or Papa or some other pack member may decide that Pup is a pest and needs to cool his jets. They do not give time-outs. They will punish Pup. But Pup has the cool stuff in his urine that actually calms other animals. When a dog charges up to Pup, and starts to give him what for, Pup can spray (involuntarily) a little pee and the charging dog will smell the pharamone or whatever it is, and realize, "Oh, this is just a youngin'." and generally it will go on it way realizing it is no threat whatsoever, and it has the message.
Now, I really don't buy into all the alpha theory stuff, but I do buy into puppies and their pee. And they do translate this to their humans. If I have a puppy leaking when I give it a command or try to get it from here to there, I realize that I need to back down a little.
Critters do not all cower and cringe or slink when they feel fear. In fact, some bark and lunge, and people think they are dominant or aggressive. Still others shut down, and refuse to try to do what is desired, and people think they are stubborn. Fear manifests itself in many ways, and submissive (or excited) urination is one of them. I think the term anxious urination is a better description, because it is ALWAYS due to a lack of confidence in the situation.
This DOES NOT mean your pup is defective. It simply means he needs to become more comfortable in the situation. Maybe that means you need to back down in your training and how you command your puppy to do what you want. For example, I personally would not open my front door and order a pup of this age to lie there and wait -- too dangerous. I would put a lead on the pup, tell him to sit and then wait, and then open the door. If he does not bounce through at the first opportunity, reward. But I would not let be at the point where I would trust the pup to lay at my feet while the perils and people in the front yard were open to him.
To save your floors, why not take the pup out the back door, where there hopefully is a fence and fewer distractions. Front door is off limits totally. Then if you want to leave the yard to go for a walk into the crazyness of the front, which is causing some anxiety in the pup -- you call it excitement, go into the front from the back yard. Then if he squirts a little it will be outside, no harm, no foul.
After all that, tell me what this is:
3.5 year old dog, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, AKC titles, never any problem with submissive or inappropriate urination. I took the boy over to his breeder's home so they could see him. He peed all over the woman's foot. Talk about embarrassed.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC