Excitable Urination: My Puppy Pees when Excited!

Updated: May 26, 2020

Excitable Urination: My Puppy Pees when Excited!

Excitable urination is when your dog often pees when excited during greetings, play, or other stimulating events. Don’t Worry, it is quite common and normal. Although it is usually nothing to worry about, your first step still should be to see a vet to assure there are no underlying health issues that are leading to inappropriate elimination. Once you know all is ok, its now time to learn more about the issue and how to cope with the situation.

Signs of Excitable Urination:

If your dog has accidents during situations similar to below, then it is likely you are dealing with excitable urination

  • Playing

  • When being greeted

  • Other non-stressful stimulating situations

If urination occurs during stressful or dominant environments, it is not considered excitable urination and you will need to follow guidelines for submissive urination.

Training & Solutions:

  • Do not scold your dog for excitable urination, only use positive reinforcement training

  • Take your dog outside for a potty break before playing

  • When returning home calmly approach your dog to lower excitement levels

  • If touch is a trigger, use a toy as a barrier between you and your dog

Don’t worry most dogs outgrow peeing when excited after reaching one year of age


Ending excitable urination can take time. The good news is there are some helpful products to keep your home clean during this temporary training time.

Submissive Urination Products on

Excitable Urination Products on

  • Washable Diapers



  • Disposable Diapers



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