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This one has me stumped.. I can understand a dog peeing out of fear... but I dont see what the fear is. It started suddenly, and every time it has happened I simply take him outside to pee. I clean the mess up where he cant see it, act as if it never happened, and reward him for going to the bathroom outside. He has never been abused, or punished physically. For that matter, he really hasnt been "punished" for anything of late as his behavior otherwise has been excellent. He just pees anytime I have anything negative to say at all.

Most recently we were playing and he knocked over a speaker on a stand. I tried to catch it and it fell, leaving me slightly upset, but nothing major, and not directed towards him at all.Same response as above.
 

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If you have an active pup and you don't want things broken in your house, then make a rule for both of you, NO playing in the house, play is done outside.

Next how old is your pup and how long have you had him.
 

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Some puppies are just really really sensative to our actions and reactions to things. When they pee like that it's called 'submissive/excitement' urination, but doesn't necessarily mean you are coming down like a ton of bricks.

You do have to learn to manage the situation differently though, and if you do it well things will really dry up
as your pup also gets older.

Some good info with hints to help are on:

http://www.freedogtraininginfo.com/139/submissive-or-excitement-urinating/

http://www.ahshc.org/bhv_suburination.asp

http://www.staugustinehumanesociety.org/submissive_and_excitement_urination.htm
 

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In a submissive pup, urine is a way to mollify the dominant pack member. There is a pheramone in urine that is supposed to calm. Sorry, but your pup is showing submissive behavior due to his pack orientation.

I agree without punishing this behavior, most puppies will outgrow it if you do not over-react. It may be that you have a soft pup. This is not a bad thing, these are often very easy to train and make great companions and can also make excellent performance dogs -- maybe not schutzhund, but obedience, rally, agility, and any number of other stuff.

The thing with a soft dog is that you have to actually change the way you speak and the way you react to things. And you have to work at building your pup's confidence. It really doesn't matter if you are reacting to the dog or angry with the dog, it is how you are perceived by the dog that is important. If he feels you will punish or attack him, he will probably display submissive behavior including a bit of urine to appease you.

Good luck with him.
 

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Quote: MaxGunnar - - - how old is the pupper
It would be helpful to know this.
 

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Originally Posted By: selzerIn a submissive pup, urine is a way to mollify the dominant pack member. There is a pheramone in urine that is supposed to calm. Sorry, but your pup is showing submissive behavior due to his pack orientation.

I agree without punishing this behavior, most puppies will outgrow it if you do not over-react.
We had this issue when Sasha was a puppy. We'd get her outside, clean it up and not over react and she eventually outgrew it.
 
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