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Submissive Urination is a
behavior related to an inferior feeling in reference to
social status. It is most commonly seen in puppies and young
female dogs when they perceive a threat from a dominant
animal or person. They are expressing that you are in
charge. They squat to urinate as a sign of submissive
signaling, lay their ears back, smile submissively, lower
their body posture, and avoid eye contact. If properly
raised, most puppies outgrow this behavior. If the behavior
persists into adulthood, it is more difficult to resolve.
Triggers that cause submissive Urination
• Certain facial features
• Certain body postures
• A fast approach to the puppy
• Standing over the puppy
• Strong eye contact – staring the puppy down
• Using an excited high pitched voice
• Using a deep or harsh scolding voice
• Continuous punishment of the puppy
• Loud noises (thunder, fire crackers, tire blowout, siren,
or excessive yelling)
• Identify the stimuli or triggers that affect your puppy
• Obedience train to build their confidence by using
• Teach the puppy to sit on command and reward it with a
• Teach the puppy to fetch or retrieve a toy.
• The puppy should be allowed to approach the greeter, when
it is comfortable.
• Owners and visitors should interact with the puppy in a
less threatening manner.
• Avoid eye contact, and pet their chest or under their chin
instead of on top or their head.
• Verbal and physical punishment should be avoided.
• Do not use an excited high pitched voice or a deep harsh
• Do not grab at or roughly hug the puppy. They perceive it
as an act of dominance.