How to Stop Excitable Urination with Positive Reinforcement

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: November 29, 2018

In this Omaha training session we worked with Hank a one-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer who needed help to stop excitable urination and to stop jumping up on people.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with Hank’s guardians about their main dog behavior concerns. One of their concerns was that Hank would have excitable urination when he came out of his kennel or when greeting new people. Hank would also jump up on new people, which they wanted some great dog training tips to stop him from jumping up. We used his kennel as a resource to help him gain self control and emotional regulation, which you can watch below.

As you can see in the video we used treats when he came out of the kennel to help him continue to control his behavior. The trick here is that we want him to focus on something that he wants instead of just being excited. When he is excited he loses control of himself, like many young dogs do. However, when he focuses on a treat he is gaining self control because he is more worried about what he needs to do to earn the treat rather than getting too excited and losing control.

By the end of the session Hank was looking towards his guardians for leadership and direction. As a German Shorthaired Pointer trainer I suggest that they keep using our Petting with a Purpose technique to keep up with this good behavior. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Hank’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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