Understanding your dog’s oops moment


Urine marking

Urine marking is your dog’s way of showing that things are his. Before doing anything, visit your vet to rule out any medical causes and make sure your dog is spayed or neutered.
To help prevent urine marking, here are a few things you can do:

  • Make previously soiled areas inaccessible
  • Keep objects likely to cause marking out of reach, like guests' belongings and new purchases
  • Clean with Resolve® Urine Destroyer to remove odor and prevent remarking

Excitement urination

This happens when your puppy gets too excited while playing, when you come home, or when people visit. This behavior should disappear as your puppy ages.
To help avoid excitement urination:

  • Try keeping the play time outside if you can or contain the playing area to a place that is easy to clean for you
  • Keep the coming-home greetings small and let your puppy calm down on his own and ask new guests to do the same

Separation anxiety urination

Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset because of separation from people they’re attached to. This can also be triggered by change of habits like moving to a new home or kids moving out to college.
To help avoid separation anxiety urination:

  • Don't say, “Be a good boy,” “I’ll be back” or any other phrase every time you leave; your puppy will learn this means you are leaving and get anxious when he hears it.
  • Teach him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. For example, leave him some treats, toys to play with or recently worn clothes that smell like you.
  • If separation anxiety becomes severe, talk to your vet about treatments and try to bring your dog to day care or to friends or family.

Submissive urination

Urinating on themselves is a way for dogs to show that they accept the leader in a pack and avoid confrontation. Usually, dogs who behave like this may have a history of being badly treated or punished inappropriately or have a shy/anxious personality.
Situations that may trigger submissive urination:

  • When a person approaches or greets them
  • When they are being scolded
  • When there's a lot of noise such as loud arguments or sirens
  • While making submissive postures, such as crouching, tail tucking, or rolling over and exposing their belly