I have a 4 month old puppy and every time someone comes to our home when she greets them, she pees.
She doesn't do it with just new faces, she even does it to my fiance who lives there. I am not sure what to do to prevent it and wonder if she will grow out of it?
Either way it is really annoying. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Hi Tarah This is called submissive urination, and is quite common. It's most often seen in puppies who aren't very bold, the ones who are gentle and a bit anxious.
It's an involuntary action, and she has no control over it, and it's not a housebreaking issue. Dogs urinate in this way to show the other dog (or person in this case!) that their authority is recognized.
Don't scold or punish her, raise your voice or show anger or frustration. Any of these things will confuse her, and she's likely to think she's not been 'submissive' enough - resulting in more urination.
Often this condition improves as the puppy matures and becomes more self-confident. Making sure that she gets enough socialization (going slowly at her pace), and also enrolling her in an puppy obedience class will help her learn to be less anxious.
When a puppy is suffering from submissive urination, it's important to keep meetings and greetings low key. Try to keep the emotional level around her low, and avoid high pitched voices and lots of activity. Having the new person (or your fiance) crouch down when talking/interacting with her, and use a low calm voice will make her feel more confident. Also, don't let people reach over her head to pet her, encourage them to stroke under her chin instead - it's less threatening to her.