How To Stop A Puppy From Peeing When Excited

Puppies are very similar to baby humans in several ways; it’s true. They cry, whine, sleep a lot, and pee wherever they choose with no remorse. That’s expected, of course, as both babies and puppies aren’t mature enough to know the difference. Until they get older and more mature, cleaning up their messes is something every puppy parent will have to deal with regularly. 

Now, here’s the thing; puppies pee a lot but typically don’t pee all willy-nilly. Instead, they go to their pee pad or outside, where they do their business and quickly get back to playing and romping around. The problem comes when you have a puppy who, for whatever reason, always pees a little when they’re excited. Like, every…single…time they get excited.

That’s a problem because puppies are always excited about something unless they’re sleeping or tuckered out. If they pee every time they see a stranger, get a snack, or receive a new toy, you’re going to spend a lot of time cleaning up after their little messes. You might also have a desperate question I hear from my readers all the time; how to stop a puppy from peeing when excited?

The answer is that peeing when excited can be caused by several factors, so stopping your puppy from doing it demands several different approaches. The biggest cause, excitement urination, is widespread and usually goes away as a pup matures. There’s not much you can do about it but wait it out. For submissive peeing and anxiety-related peeing, though, there are several solutions.

Before determining the correct solution to your puppy’s peeing problem, you need to determine what’s causing it. Then you can use the method that particular cause demands. It can be a slow and somewhat frustrating process, but the results are worth the effort.

Now that you know there are different methods to stop a puppy from peeing when excited, it’s a good bet you have more puppy and pee-related questions, like how to stop submissive peeing and does neutering or spaying help reduce the problem? If you do, please read on. I’ve got the answers to those questions and several more, and some great advice, below.

Why do Puppies Pee when they’re Excited?

The term for when a puppy pees because they’re excited, not surprisingly, is excitement urination. Excitement urination is different from submissive urination in that it has nothing to do with your puppy being scared but simply because they are too excited to hold their bladder. 

Indeed, it’s typically the youngest puppies who are prone to excitement urination because, as they get older, their bladder and bowel control become much more robust. In other words, most puppies pee when they are excited because they have little or no bladder control. That’s pretty much it, which is good news because it means your puppy will stop peeing when excited as soon as they become an adult dog.

Will Puppies Grow out of Peeing when Excited? 

In most cases, yes, your puppy will grow out of peeing when excited. Their bladder control will become stronger, making it much easier to hold it even under the most exciting of circumstances. 

That being said, some puppies won’t grow out of excitement urination, albeit a tiny minority. Some of these puppies never gain the complete bladder control they need (which is rare), while others have underlying medical conditions causing the excitement urination problem. If an underlying condition is the problem, seeking the advice of your local vet is the best solution. 

Ruling Out Underlying Medical Conditions that Might be Causing the Excitement Urination Problem

As I mentioned earlier, a small minority of puppies won’t grow out of their excitement urination problem. In many of these cases, however, it’s not that their bladder is still immature but, instead, that they have an underlying medical or health issue causing the problem. Some of those underlying medical conditions include:

  • Submissive urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Bladder infection
  • Neurological problems
  • House training that was never completed
  • Separation anxiety
  • Marking their territory

Methods to Reduce or Eliminate Excitement Urination

Thankfully, there are several methods you can use to reduce or eliminate excitement urination. Most involve not doing certain things that can cause the problem, making it slightly easier to accomplish. The best methods include:

  • Never use any type of rough behavior to try and change your puppy’s peeing habits. It doesn’t work and, even worse, can cause submissive urination problems.
  • Don’t stick their nose in their urine because it simply doesn’t work. (Plus, it’s really gross.)
  • When your puppy is peeing, don’t stare at them, lean over them or even acknowledge that they are peeing. In fact, ignore them completely so that they don’t make any sort of connection between your mood and their peeing habits.
  • Use calm, measured tones around your puppy so that they remain calm also.
  • When you greet your puppy after, for example, an entire day away while at work, make less of a fuss at first. Once your pupper has gotten over their initial excitement, you can be a little more exuberant.
  • Ask guests to be calm when they arrive at your home rather than reacting excitedly when seeing your puppy.
  • Take your puppy out to pee frequently and, whenever possible, time their pee break to occur before something exciting happens. For example, if you know your friends are coming by at 8 PM, take your puppy out to pee at 7:45 PM. That way, when the company arrives, there won’t be anything in their bladder.

Does Neutering or Spaying my Puppy Help with Excited Peeing?

From what I’ve seen and all the information I’ve researched, no, neutering or spaying doesn’t help with excited peeing, at least in most cases. Yes, it can help reduce territory marking with pee, so eventually, your pup will pee less as an adult. But nothing I read linked spaying and neutering to lowered rates of excitement peeing.

Neutering or spaying significantly does reduce several hormones in your puppy’s body, it’s true. Typically, though, these hormones don’t affect urination as much as they affect the need to mark their territory with urine. So, again, neutering and spaying likely won’t have much of an effect on your puppy’s excitement peeing problem. It will, however, reduce territory marking problems when they become adult dogs.

Final Thoughts

How to stop a puppy from peeing when excited is a task that most puppy parents will have to master since most pups pee a little when they get excited. In the vast majority of cases, though, your precious pupper will grow out of this unwanted habit once they reach a few months of age. If they don’t, an underlying medical issue is likely the problem. If that’s the case, visiting your local vet to have them determine the problem and fix it is your best bet and the most viable solution. 

Did you enjoy today’s blog about how to stop a puppy from peeing when excited? I sure hope you did and that it answered your most pressing questions. If you have more or would like to learn more about being a puppy parent, please see my other blogs on the subject. If you love puppies and have adopted one recently, you’ll find valuable, real-world information and advice that will empower you to be the perfect puppy parent.