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How do I teach a puppy not to pee on the floor?

Asked by z28proximo (285 points ) November 11th, 2009

Especially when she meets new people or when she thinks she’s in trouble(even if she is not). We’ve put her nose in the pool of pee a few times when we caught her in the act and spanked her a little. But I don’t think that’s getting the point across or helping much, just scaring her. She seems to be a pretty smart dog, just a little shy and not very brave.

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madmax303's avatar

Did you get her from a shelter, because my neighbors dog has the same problem. I really dont have an answer, but maybe you can talk to your vet or a trainer. GOOD LUCK!

Clair's avatar

Good fucking question. I’m trying to train a new one now.
My older puppy does very well. The pops on the butt never worked for him. I would show him the poo or pee and pop him once and put him in a travel crate for about 5–7 min. He quit that shit fast.

Also, I took it as you’re trying to pad train it. Hope that’s what you mean.
And if it’s a young puppy, it hasn’t fully developed bladder control yet, so this could take time. Go easy,

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

She can’t pee on the floor if there is no floor. Outside dog time!

ragingloli's avatar

dump his nose into the pee whenever he does it.

Chikipi's avatar

Squirt water gun (the small hand held one) say it’s name first then no followed by a squirt. This works on one of my dogs.

If that doesn’t work get the dazzer. It’s a hand held noise maker that is high pitch, but humans can’t hear it. Yes it makes a noise. We accidently hit the button at our neighbors house when the bird was chirping away. The bird was slient for about 30 seconds then started chriping in a super-sonic fast sound. It was weird. Anywho… It works for my other dog. I do the same thing I say his name then no followed by pressing the button.

RedPowerLady's avatar

I read that there is no way to stop anxiety peeing. You have to stop the anxiety. This isn’t intentional peeing, it is an automatic response by puppy when she/he is overexcited or scared. If it is overexcitement causing the issue then you expose her to that excitement (have friends come over one day and knock on the door one by one for example). If it is being scared then perhaps examine what behaviors are making her scared, maybe not raise your voice.

The same methods you use to train a dog to potty outside normally will not work for this type of peeing because it is an automatic response to a stimulus. It is not intentional or lack of bladder control or not knowing where to pee. Also make sure your dog goes potty outside before being excited so there bladder isn’t full.

When potty training (under normal circumstances) positive reinforcement works best. You are using punishment. What works is to have them pee outside and immediately reward them for doing so. After awhile you don’t have to reward, we do but it’s not necessary.

chyna's avatar

To potty train your puppy (not the anxiety peeing) take the puppy outside after every meal, after each nap, and after play time. You should carry the puppy outside so he doesn’t get side tracked and pee on the way out. Puppies almost always have to pee right after eating or drinking, so take it out immediately. Reward it with praise or a kibble each time it goes potty outside.

dpworkin's avatar

That is submissive urination, and you are only deepening her impulse to do it. I suggest a good trainer. This is not an intractable problem, but I don’t think it can be solved by a distant stranger of the internet.

RedPowerLady's avatar

Just to add in a note. My dog did this as well (the anxiety or submissive peeing) when we first got her. But we did not punish her for it after reading the cause. We worked on lessening her excitement and impulse and she quickly stopped. So it is not something that has to be difficult to deal with. It may be. But it isn’t always.

madmax303's avatar

@chyna We just got a new puppy and we keep chimes at the door. Evertime he needs to go, he just rings the bell and we go let him out

chyna's avatar

@madmax303 That is one smart puppy!

ccrow's avatar

No no no no!!! Don’t put the pup’s nose in it!!! As others said, punishing for submissive urination will make it worse!!! Hard as it may be, you really have to try to ignore it.. stay calm & reassuring, clean it right up, don’t make a big deal of it. Again, this is not a housebreaking issue.
Also, peeing a little when excited is pretty common in female dogs. If you know ahead of time that she will be meeting & greeting, take her outside ahead of time, so she can empty her bladder. If you stay very calm & low-key so she doesn’t get excited, it will help. Just remember, she’s a baby. Her control will improve with age.

proXXi's avatar

I agree i’ts an anxiety issue.

You need to observe the behavior of the people around your dog when she wets as well as her behavior:

You should give her time to calm herself before meeting new people up close. Explain the situation to your friends and request that they approach your dog calmly and only after she has calmed herself.

Ask yourself ‘why does she think she’s in trouble?’ Are you approaching her as calmly as you can?

z28proximo's avatar

Just an update: She’s grown up a bit and we stopped using violence(whipping) as a discipline. Harsh voice is more than enough for her. The entire household has been approaching her calmly and now that she has grown older is better able to hold her bladder in anxious situations. She even sits at the back door and whines to be let out to pee.

The only times she pees uncontrollably now is when someone she hasn’t seen in a long time comes to visit and if they greet her excitedly she lets a little dot go on the floor. But I would blame that on the visitors that know better. Thanks all for your help!

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