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Hey GSD Community!


I have a question for you. Does anybody have an emotional urinator on your hands? Beaux pees everytime he is excited (such as when I get home from work), when he gets scared, and when he doesn't want to do something and/or is getting scolded. It is getting too much to handle when he jumps on the bed and tinkles.

It is tough when trying to get him to be obedient when he tinkles if you dare look at him funny. If he chews up something, and then give the scolding eye, tinkle tinkle tinkle! How do you correct bad behaviors when you are afraid that you will have little pee stains everywhere?

Anyone else go through this issue?

Anyone have thoughts on how to build confidence in shepherds? He has been a nervous Nancy ever since the beginning. Training help that you have seen success with?

Thanks!
 

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Submissive peeing is a tough one. You cannot correct it.
How old is he and has the vet ruled out any medical issues?
Basically he needs to be kept in areas where it is easy to clean up and in the meantime work on building confidence and control.
For whatever reason agility equipment seems to help nervous dogs. You don't need to compete just get or build some equipment or join a club.
 

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Went through the same thing. As sabis mom stated, build confidence. Took about 7 months for it to completely correct this. Socializing and training class helped with building confidence.
 

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Totally agree with confidence building. I would add: don't make coming home a big deal! Don't greet the dog. Don't touch the dog. Don't even look at the dog (no eye-contact, as that can trigger it). Just calmly walk straight out your backdoor without even pausing to put down your keys -- let the dog follow, and then softly greet outside, allowing it to pee somewhere appropriate without any sense of being a "bad dog" for having an accident in the house. Make it all no big deal.

The submissive piddler we owned twenty years ago always telegraphed that she was going to do it by her ear position -- we learned to notice the ears, and go outside let her get it out of her system, and then snap her out of it with her beloved kong.


If he's peeing when you scold him, you need to learn a new training technique and stop doing the thing that triggers the fear reaction (scolding him). It's an appeasing behavior in response to a correction. These fearful dogs do so much better with clicker trainer IMHO so they know the right thing to do -- if they've ever been trained badly by corrections (even before you were the owner), clickers are really great for unwinding bad training and building confidence. They're not right for every dog, but its a method that takes fear out of training dogs like this. Here's a website that will help your find someone who uses this method, with a library of resources to learn: https://www.clickertraining.com/library
 
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