6 Best Pro Tips to Prevent Excited Puppy Pee
Excited Puppy Pee… It Happens!
Does your puppy ever get so excited that they pee on your shoes or all over the floor? Isn’t that so cute? Not really!
Peeing while excited is fairly common among puppies and even some adult dogs. If you do not curb excited peeing with your puppy, the behavior will only continue and likely worsen! Luckily, this is something that can be managed with training, consistency, and just a little bit of work on the part of the human. And as your pup’s bladder grows stronger, this will also get better. These things get better with time… and training!
Take a second to think about the last time your puppy got overly excited and piddled on the floor, likely without any knowledge that he did it. I'm almost sure that a few key factors played a role in creating this situation.
Why Does My Puppy Pee When Excited?
Let’s break down a scenario that would likely tip a puppy over the edge, causing excited puppy pee to happen.
You come home from a day at work and your dog has been in the crate, anticipating your arrival. When they hear you come through the door they start stretching and maybe even talking to you. “Hi there, I’m so excited to see you! Can I come out now? Oh boy! Oh boy! This is the best time of the day!”
As you set your things down, maybe you start talking back to your pup. “Hiiiii babyyy, how was your day?! Are you so excited to see me?! Do you want to go outside?! Let’s go outside!”
You begin walking over to the crate, continuing to talk in an excited voice, and your pup is now doing spin-outs in anticipation. You open the door and, after giving your puppy the release word, your puppy flies out to greet you like the Tasmanian devil!
Your puppy jumps into your open arms as you start showering him with love and affection after missing him all day long. Your puppy is jumping and wiggling all over the place, all while peeing on the floor or even on you.
So what went wrong here?
From the moment you walked in the door and started talking, you were building your puppy up to have an accident.
Here’s what you should do to prevent excited puppy pee.
1) Enter your house calmly and avoid talking to your puppy at all.
This will be very hard for humans who like to communicate with words!
But it’s important to understand that talking, especially in a high-pitched voice, increases your puppy’s stimulation and makes a peeing problem worse. In a puppy that’s already so excited, that’s often enough to tip his excitement level over the edge.
2) Make sure to only approach the crate if and when your puppy is calm.
You want your puppy to exit the crate without going into that over-excited behavior, and you can help that by avoiding bending over, touching in any way, or making eye contact with your puppy until he or she is calm.
3) As calmly and efficiently as possible, attach a leash and immediately take your puppy outside to go potty.
Once she has done her business, you can then greet your dog. This is a great thing to do at that moment because it also reinforces the behavior you want: going potty outside!
This is going to take some practice. Remember, kickers on a football team do not practice a field goal for the first time on Superbowl Sunday.
If the process of getting out of the crate and getting the collar and leash on proves to be very exciting for your puppy, work that into your training sessions and make that sequence of actions to be normal and no big deal.
We call this “pre-training” – practice the behavior before you need the pup to use it. It is much easier to learn in a calm and controlled environment. It works the same way for you and your puppy!
Another common scenario when excited puppy pee happens is when guests arrive. New humans entering the house are very exciting for young puppies. New smells, new faces, and the humans seem pretty excited too!
A cute puppy is as hard for your guests to resist as it is for you! But when guests arrive excited and immediately start talking, bending over, and petting your overstimulated pup, they actually reinforce the very behavior you are trying to change!
How to prepare for guests:
1) Let guests know ahead of time that you’re training your dog and what they can do to help!
Ask your guests to help you AND your new puppy prevent excited puppy pee accidents by avoiding talking to, touching, or making eye contact with your puppy until your pup is calm.
2) It’s also helpful to teach your pup what you DO want him to do when guests arrive.
Teaching your dog to sit, go to their bed or crate, or stand by your leg is a great way to help him and you!
3) Always take your puppy out to go potty before anyone comes in the door.
This will help the meet-and-greet go much smoother, and there will be fewer excited puppy pee accidents too.
By consistently following these three tips, guest arrivals will get much better, much more quickly.
More Resources You Might Enjoy:
- 3 Essential Things to Teach Your Puppy First
- 5 Puppy Crate Training Tips and Tricks
- #1 “Must Have” Tip to Successfully Train Your Dog
What are some ways you’ve learned to help your puppy through an exciting situation?
About the trainer
After spending 20 years helping families with their dogs face to face as a professional dog trainer, Michele realized that so much of what she knows could be shared with families everywhere - in a way that actually works. People sometimes think their dog is just SUPER difficult because the advice they’ve gotten was incomplete, confusing or just wrong. So she set out to help. Michele loves training dogs because of the impact that it has on the families she gets to help. The peace and joy they get from being able to enjoy their dog LISTENING. Besides teaching classes, helping private clients and running seminars, Michele is also a foodie and fantasizes about being a food critic or secret shopper for restaurants. Talk to her about food and your instant best friends.