Training Tips to Stop Excitable Urination for a Big Puppy

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: March 9, 2018

In this Omaha puppy training session we worked with Sandiey, a five-month-old Saint Bernard Bernese Mountain Dog mix, who was experiencing issues with excitable urination and getting her to stop jumping on guests and stop nipping.

When I arrived Sandiey was very excited to see me and I quickly was able to see the excitable urination. Sandiey had a hard time controlling herself when she got excited so I talked to her guardians about ways that they could help Sandiey develop self control and emotional regulation. One of the first things is to ignore her when she is too excited so she learns that calm behavior gets rewarded and that’s how she gets love and affection. Then I showed her guardians how to train her to sit at the door before coming inside. This will help Sandiey develop enough self control so that when she does come inside she has herself under control. To see how I did this you can watch the video below.

After shooting this video we were able to work with Sandiey to sit and come inside on command. She successfully came inside without having excitable urination! This was a huge success for her! I want to remind the guardians to not pet her when she first walks in because that could ramp up her energy so she loses control all over again. Once she is calmly inside you can pet her. By ignoring her and working through this exercise this will also help prevent her from jumping on you and nipping because she is learning how to control herself.

To keep up with this good behavior remember to have patience with Sandiey so that she is able to learn that calm behavior gets her attention. This might mean that you have to wait in another room before approaching her so she can gain self control as you walk towards her. Again, you might be able to walk into the room with her and then have to ignore her again until she calms down once you are with her. Over time you will be able to pet her sooner and sooner- this is just to help her gain self control. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Sandiey’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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