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Your Dog Just Peed On You? 5 Possible Reasons Why (And How To Stop It)

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As dog owners, we’re used to dealing with some messy situations from our pets. Whether it’s accidents on the carpet during house training or a roll through something dead they found in the yard, dogs can cause a lot of trouble for an animal that’s supposed to be our best friend!

One scenario you might not be prepared for is for your dog to pee on you. If it’s happened, you might be wondering why your dog would do such a thing. In this article, we’ll cover five reasons why your dog might pee on you and what you can do to stop it. We’ll also talk about a few things you should never do when your dog pees on you, no matter how much you might want to!
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The Reasons Why Your Dog Just Peed On You

1.  Territorial Marking

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Does it seem like your dog stops to sniff and pee on every blade of grass during their walks? If so, you’ve witnessed the importance of scent in canine communications. Dogs, especially unneutered male dogs, use urine to mark their territory, warning other pups in the vicinity to steer clear. Your dog might be peeing on you to claim you as their own. Suspect this reason if your dog pees on you in the presence of strange dogs or humans. Your dog could also try to mark you if they smell an unfamiliar dog on your clothing.

How To Fix This Problem

Spaying or neutering your dog will help reduce and may even eliminate marking behavior in some cases. Use treats or commands to distract your dog before they can mark if you notice them sniffing you suspiciously. Basic obedience training can make your dog easier to handle overall, including preventing unwanted peeing on you.


2. Excitement

If your dog welcomes you home with a wagging tail and shower of urine, you could be dealing with an excited pee-er. Excited peeing is often a form of submissive urination and is most common in puppies. Sometimes, your dog may become overly excited and pee on you when you come home because they’re actually suffering from separation anxiety and are coping with their insecurity about being away from you. If you’ve been gone a long time and your dog urgently needs to go, they may pee by accident simply because their bladder is so full.

How To Fix This Problem

In many cases, puppies outgrow their excited urination as they get older and become stronger in their house training. In the meantime, keep greetings and farewells low-key to help minimize the chances your dog pees out of excitement. If your dog gets overly enthusiastic when you first come home, ignore them until they calm down before greeting them. Distract your dog with a treat or a play session to channel their excitement in a more appropriate direction.

If you know your dog has to go, get them outside to take care of that as soon as you get home before they have a chance to pee inappropriately.


3. Fear

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Your dog may pee on you if they are afraid, much like humans may involuntarily urinate in frightening situations. While this is most often seen in puppies, it can also occur in older dogs, especially those who were never properly house trained. Fear-based urinating is often a form of submissive urination, particularly in dogs who may have a history of being punished harshly or inappropriately. In this scenario, your dog is peeing on you in an attempt to demonstrate that they know you’re the boss and avoid further punishment.

How To Fix This Problem

Help your dog build confidence through gentle, positive obedience training. Keep all interactions calm, especially greetings so your dog doesn’t misinterpret them as dominance displays.

If you adopt an older dog with unknown training history, you may need to go back to basics and restart the house training process. Don’t be afraid to seek help from a professional trainer if you’re struggling or getting frustrated.


4. Showing Submission

Few things are cuter than an adorable dog rolling over for a belly rub. Unless they reward your belly-rubbing by peeing on your hand that is! If your dog pees on you when you rub their belly, they may be doing so as a way to recognize you as the dominant “dog.” Exposing their belly is already a submissive display for your dog and peeing is just an added signal to make sure you get the message. This kind of inappropriate peeing can be the root cause of some of the other reasons we already discussed, such as excitement and fear. Fortunately, the same basic strategies can help with all of them.

How To Fix This Problem

Like excitement and fear-based peeing, young dogs may grow out of this problem. You can also help by focusing on building your dog’s confidence overall. Generally, this involves a combination of socialization, obedience training, and avoiding situations where your dog may display this behavior. Yes, that means you may need to stop the belly rubs, at least for a little while!


5. Medical Problem

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The final reason that your dog may pee on you is that they are suffering from a medical condition. Older dogs may lose control of their bladder for several reasons including incontinence or as a side effect of another disease that causes them to drink and pee excessively–such as diabetes. Dogs of any age can develop urinary tract infections which can affect their bladder control. Before you try to train your dog through any of the behavioral reasons for peeing on you we discussed, make sure you rule out a medical problem first.

How To Fix This Problem

 To rule out a medical cause of your dog peeing on you, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

  • A quick tip: try not to let your dog pee on the way into the appointment in case the vet needs to collect a urine sample as part of the diagnostic process. The vet staff will thank you! Depending on what your vet discovers, your dog may need medication, special food, or further tests.

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What Not To Do If Your Dog Pees On You

Now that we’ve learned some reasons why your dog might pee on you and what to do about it, here are some things you should definitely not do.

1. Punish Your Dog

 Punishment is never a recommended method of teaching your dog, but it’s especially troublesome when it comes to your dog peeing on you. As we’ve seen, your dog often isn’t peeing on you deliberately, but as the result of an emotional response or a medical issue. Punishing your dog will just confuse them and could even make the problem worse by frightening your dog.


2. Pee On Your Dog

Yes, you read that correctly. Some dog owners wonder whether they should return the favor and pee on their dogs as a way to assert their own dominance. This method, and others such as pinning your dog to the ground or eating before they do, is rooted in outdated thinking about how wolves and dogs interact with each other and how dogs interact with humans.

Using dominance to stop marking behavior is more likely to lead to further issues, including new reasons for your dog to pee on you, like fear or submission.


3. Show Anger or Frustration 

Obviously, it can be frustrating and even infuriating to have your dog pee on you. However, raising your voice or using negative body language can confuse your dog or frighten them. It could also be misinterpreted as a display of dominance, which can lead your dog to pee more to try and calm the situation.

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4. Walk Away

Yes, many of us have been taught to walk away from a situation if we’re angry but in this case, it won’t be helpful. Your dog won’t understand why you aren’t interacting with them and this could increase their anxiety, insecurity, and consequently, the amount of pee they produce!

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Conclusion

Having your dog pee on you or someone else is certainly not desirable behavior. The reasons for this conduct may be medical or behavioral and before you can correct it, you’ll need to determine which you’re dealing with. Patience and plenty of treats are your best tools for correcting most behavior problems in your dog and peeing on you is no different. If you feel that your dog’s issues are beyond your ability as a trainer, seek help from your vet or a professional dog trainer.


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