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Testimonial"Daniel, We recently purchased a new boxer puppy from California (we live in Colorado). While waiting for him to be shipped, I scowered the internet for training information, when I came across your website. Thank goodness I did! I purchased sit-stay-fetch and started reading up on how to train our puppy. Little Oscar is only 4 months old, and already sits, heals on the leash, stays off the furniture, and is very gentle with our small children.

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Hi Daniel,

We have a Maltese mix puppy we got from a rescue organization when she was approximately a year old. As long as we put her outside regularly she goes potty outside. The problem is that any time we are gone for a short time and come home she piddles when we pay attention to her. We have tried ignoring her while we greet our other puppy, a wire hair terrier mix, but this doesn't seem to help much. How do we get her to stop piddling in her excitement?

Thanks for your help.


Secrets to Dog Training Reply:

Hi there David,

Thank you for your email regarding your Maltese mix puppy that has a toileting problem. From the detail you have provided in your email, it definitely sounds as though your young Maltese has an excitement urination problem. Excitement urination occurs most often during greetings and playtime and is not accompanied by submissive posturing. Excitement urination usually resolves on its own as a dog matures, as long as it isn't made worse by punishment or inadvertent reinforcement. The other possibility is that your dog has a congenital or health related problem. If you suspect something like this, it may well be worth a quick visit to your local Veterinarian for a quick check up so he can rule out anything health related or otherwise. First and foremost, it is important to remember that puppies have small bladders with less neurons for control, so their control of holding on is much less than an adult dog.

If this is indeed an excitement urination problem you will see that:

  • Urination occurs when your dog is excited; for example, during greetings or during playtime. This definitely seems to be the case for your dog
  • Your dog is less than 1.5 years old – again this is your dog.

Here is what to do if your dog has an excitement urination problem:

  • Keep greetings low key.
  • Don't punish or scold her.
  • To avoid accidents, play and greet outdoors until the problem is resolved.
  • Again, be sure to take your dog to the veterinarian to rule out medical reasons for the behavior.
  • Until the problem resolves, you might want to protect your carpet by placing a plastic drop cloth or an absorbent material in the entryway where accidents are most likely to occur. Alternatively, you can purchase "doggie diapers" at your local pet supply store.
  • Ignore her until he's calm.

It will of course take time for her to come right and get over this problem. In most cases it is just a matter of those neurons increasing in number so that your young dog eventually gets more control over her bladder movements. This should really be within the next few months. Again, a quick trip to your Veterinarian will help rule out any congenital or health related problems, so this is relatively important. Long term, it is probably well worth investing in a doggy door so that both of your dogs can get outside to toilet whenever they feel the urge. This will save them and you and could help avoid further problems. They are relatively easy to install and dog's get used to how to use them relatively quickly.

Best of luck with your training and please let us know how you get on with her problem.

Kind regards,

Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team

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Hi, my name’s Daniel Stevens, I’m the creator of Secrets to Dog Training.

I've been a professional dog trainer for well over 20 years, and in that time I've helped thousands of dog owners just like you to get the friendly, well behaved, slipper fetching, best pal they always wanted.

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