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Old 06-26-2008, 09:42 PM
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Default She pees when in fear :(

My 9 month old German Shepard gets very submissive, starts peeing, and rolls over when I go to pet, or praise her. I don't know what to do, any suggestions i'll be thankful for.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:56 PM
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You'll need patience, patience and even more patience.
And if you are the type of person to raise your voice, you'll have to turn into an extremely gentle person as quickly as possible.

The good news is that dogs like this can become wonderful pets - the bad news is it will not happen overnight.

Give her a stable routine so that her days are the same day in and day out - the same thing should happen at the same time very day - feeding playtime etc.

When she pees, do not scold, do your best to ignore it. If you scold this will only make things worse.

With time her confidence will increase and what will help is if you teach her simple obedience commands, "sit" "stay" "come." A dog who understands what her human wants and who gets rewarded will feel stronger and more confident and with time the submissive urination will stop.

Sometimes dogs with submissive urination problems also suffer from excitement urination, so you might want to be on the lookout for that. They pee when you come home from work, they are so happy, or when visitors come. Just do your best to stay calm and project a relaxed feeling, with time this will also stop.

At the end of it you will have a very mild mannered, genlte dog who is easy to please so it is worth the effort.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:07 PM
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Read about Submissive Urination.

Very important: This article tells you how to avoid body language that may trigger this behavior in your dog...
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:09 PM
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^^^^^ excellent advice.

The only thing I would add, one of my agility students had a dog like this, we talked about the problem a lot and how to solve it. One thing we discovered is that she was worse with the two adults in the house but didn't do it with the teen daughter..........the reason was easy, the daughter didn't care, didn't make any sounds of being annoyed or stern looks. The adults had to learn not to react in any way negative. Once they did this the problem did resolve.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:46 AM
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Try this next time: As soon as the dog begins to urinate, firmly and loudly say "NO!", then immediately take the pup outside to the area where you want her to go. Keep her there for a minute or two and say something like "pee here!" a few times.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:56 AM
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9 months is one of those stages they go thru- my bet is she'll outgrow it. Gunnar would pee when he was excited around that age. We'd be training or playing, all of a sudden he'd just let loose.

mrandrei, I disagree with what you are saying. This isn't a housebreaking issue, it's a nervous/excitement issue.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:56 PM
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I agree with DanL, if your dog is peeing out of nervousness, scaring her is really counter-productive.
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by pranaman View Post
My 9 month old German Shepard gets very submissive, starts peeing, and rolls over when I go to pet, or praise her. I don't know what to do, any suggestions i'll be thankful for.
The first step to take is for any dogs but submissive ones in particular, it is best to pet them by approaching "underhand," keeping your hand visible to them instead of somewhere over them where they lose sight of it. This way they always know your intentions. Avoid direct eye contact as well, as this conveys dominance and challenge for a canine.
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