Lab Pees when he meets new people
My 8mo old male lab starting this about 2 mo ago. Everytime he meets new people, strangers on the street, or new people at our house, he gets so excited, he pees, even if has just went, he still manages to go some, and usually it lands perfectly on our guest's shoe!
He does not lie down, or turn over and expose his belly while he does this, nor does he bark. He seems just very happy to have visitors!
He was kennel trained, and has no problem with having accidents other then at these times. He met many, many new people and other dogs while "growing up", so he is very socialized....please help, I now hate having friends, or my boys' friends over to the house, it is both embarrassing, and well, of course messy.
Please say you can help us! Thank you
What you're describing is classic dog submissive urination and is actually pretty common.
It's a reflexive action that your puppy can't help and has nothing to do with housebreaking. It's actually an instinctive way of showing respect to the visitors, and if you get angry or upset with him he will think he's not been 'respectful' enough and piddle even more.
The best tactic here is a two-pronged attack... the first thing to do is to ignore this habit (I know that's difficult but it's important not to scold him or make a fuss as that makes it all worse); the second is to help him build up self-confidence through continued socialization and training and to give him lots of love and attention. There's a third thing - you will need to be very patient, understanding and loving with him and allow him to grow out of this habit!
Some dogs suffer from this problem from day one, for others it's triggered by a developmental stage or an event in their life. If he's not had any scary situation or event or a big change within your family (such as a house move, or a new baby for example), then it's likely that this is due to the second 'fear period' that pups go through somewhere around 7 to 8 months of age. It's similar to that 8 week fear period, and things that were once comfortable and acceptable, seem scary and new to a puppy... and it does pass!
I know this is challenging to deal with, but if you keep it all low-key and are supportive and understanding, this stage will pass and he'll return to being a confident puppy who's body doesn't feel the need to show respect at the drop of a hat :)
I wish you the best of luck and hope that this puts your mind at rest.