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We are having an issue with Jasper (turning 8 months this week) peeing when he meets someone new. He gets soooooo excited that he dribbles. Today we went to a new class, and he piddled 3 times! I took him potty before we got in the car and again when we got there. Ugh...the vet says he will probably outgrow it. How many other doodles have had this issue and how old were they when they stopped? Any suggestions?? Thank you!!

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Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on December 11, 2012 at 11:57pm
It's submissive peeing. They all outgrow it, Nug and Puk did it and quit at around 6 to 8 months. Don't worry it will pass
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on December 9, 2012 at 2:22pm

Pemon did it for a short period of time, thank Heavens he outgrew it.  So I would say they definitely outgrow it.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on December 9, 2012 at 2:22pm
Thanks for the advice Daisy & Jan! I dont make a big deal about it at all. It has gotten better, as it only happens when he is super excited to meet someone...which is what I'm sure is happening in class each week. He is the only puppy in this class, and its getting embarrassing because they stop class to go get the paper towels...and usually joke 'clean up on aisle 5'. I don't think he has an infection, as it never happens any other time. But it sure is reassuring to hear your pups outgrew it! Thanks so much! :))
Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on December 9, 2012 at 2:12pm

Oh do know they do grow out of it. Daisy who will be a year old next week, never had any troubles. Then along came Jax, who is now 10 months old. He did the piddling whenever he got excited too. He did grow out of it, I can't remember how long it took though. He is great now. Everyone I talked to said it's a "male" thing, marking, or just plain excitement. He has calmed down and everything is good now. I agree with Jan. Check that there is no other issues, and don't make a huge deal over it. I would just clean it up and then put Jax outside. I would go out with him and when he went potty, I would say..."good potty, good potty" and reward him with excitement and a good pat or a hug. I think he figured out he was a good boy when he went outside. Always remember, with each stage..keep thinking "this too shall pass". 

Comment by Administrator Jan on December 9, 2012 at 3:11am

Oye.  I know Lily had the problem for what seemed like a long time, but except for one friend of ours, she hasn't done that since she was under a year old...

It's called "submissive urination", and you can probably get info on the web or from Jasper's Vet about it.

Basically, what I remember from the pamplet - whenever this happens, do not make a big deal out of the accident, simply quietly clean it up.  The more you fuss, the more difficult it will be for him to stop.  (It's an automatic response that puppies have to their mother, and whenever they feel particularly submissive (like they did when they were with Mom), they sometimes respond the same way.  It is normal.

Having said that, do be sure to have the Vet check for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), as these can also cause loss of bladder control.  Ask your Vet if trying a half a cranberry pill might help (that's what I give my girl dogs when they seem to be having bladder control problems, if caught early enough the 1/2 cranberry pill for a couple of days is enough to prevent a UTI - so far, so good).  If you do decide to try cranberry pills - get ones that are NOT chewable or liquid, as the chewable / liquid ones for humans usually seem to contain xylitol as the sweetener (xylitol is toxic to dogs!).

Hope this helps, and know they do grow out of it!

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