Why Does My Dog... Pee When Someone Is at the Door?

How to Put a Stop to the Peeing

The worst thing that you can do in these scenarios is to punish the dog. Scolding, rubbing her nose in the pee or swatting at her only makes your dog more fearful and exacerbates the problem — resulting in even more peeing. Whether your dog is urinating out of submission or excitement, here are a few steps you can take to curb the behavior.

Coach friends who come to the door to ignore the dog. They should remain calm and refrain from saying the dog’s name, reaching for her or giving her direct eye contact. They should walk by her, speak quietly and avoid excited greetings.

Take the dog outside to urinate before she's allowed to approach guests. Friends should only greet her when she's calm — and not urinating. If they want to pet your dog, ask them to get down to her level, without bending or reaching over her.

You can also ask your dog to sit at the door. Then reward her calm behavior with a treat.

If there are no underlying medical conditions, and you are still scrubbing the welcome mat, consider talking to a veterinary behaviorist or a certified dog trainer. They can help make greetings at the door more pleasant for your dog and your guests.


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