Submissive urination is not
related to house training. It is usually associated with puppies, but adult dogs, especially those from shelters
that have been mistreated, also exhibit this tendency.
Submissive urination is a natural
method for dogs to show ultimate respect for higher rank. With puppies, it's usually because they have not yet
learned the more social way to show respect. With adult dogs, it's usually because they have been mistreated or
have experienced delayed or excessive punishment. The dogs are insecure and confused and submissively urinate to
show that they consider themselves the lowest rank in the pack hierarchy.
How to cure
First you want to make sure that
the problem is not caused by a bladder or urinary tract infection. These conditions can cause uncontrolled
Your next task is to build
self-confidence in your dog or puppy. One of the best ways to do that is to obedience train your dog. With
obedience training, you are constantly reassuring and rewarding your dog for performing properly. This builds your
dogs confidence and increases his self respect. He still knows that he is low in the ranking, but doesn't have to
keep proving it by submissive urination. You should also be training your puppy with reassurance and rewards for
doing a good job.
For more information on puppy
training click on Puppy Training.
For more information on obedience
training, click on Obedience.
Since your dog is very submissive,
the training should be very positive with very mild corrections. In addition it is very
important that you show as lot of patience, don't display your obvious frustrations, don't show anger in your voice
and do not punish your dog for his submissive urinating. It will only make the problem worse.
A trained dog is a happy dog and
has a happy owner.
For information on dog training,
click on dog training.