We have a miniature schnauzer. He is very friendly with everyone, but sometimes, when someone tries to pet him or pick him up, he crouches down and urinates.Our vet said he may quit as he gets older. He is 6 months old now, and there is no sign of his quitting this behavior.We are having him neutered this month. Will that help with this problem? We love this dog, but this situation needs to change.
V.R., Potomac, Md Apr 22, 2007
Your dog is engaging in a canine social ritual that is a gesture of friendly, puppyish submission. It may be derived from the puppy being passive and urinating when stimulated by the mother, who is the dominant figure. Young dogs also urinate out of fear, so greeting-urination toward a familiar person (or other animal) could be a ritualized "mock fear."Either way, never reprimand, and do not overexcite him while greeting him, since excitement can make for more wet floors. In time, your dog will most likely mature and grow out of this behavior.
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