How to Cure Your Dog’s Submissive Wetting - dummies

How to Cure Your Dog’s Submissive Wetting

Dogs that would rather run than fight are notorious for submissive wetting behavior. These dogs usually wet themselves or the floor when you first greet them. The dog either squats or rolls over on his back and dribbles, a behavior that dates back to his days as a puppy when his mother cleaned him.

When your dog dribbles, scolding him only reinforces the behavior and actually makes it worse. By scolding him, you cause him to act even more submissive, which brings on the wetting. Also, don’t stand or lean over your dog or try to pick him up, because that, too, makes him act submissive and causes wetting.

Fortunately, submissive wetting isn’t difficult to solve. Follow these steps:

  1. When you come home, ignore your dog.

    Don’t approach your dog; let him come to you instead.

  2. Greet your dog without making eye contact and by offering the palm of your hand.

    This step is important. The back of the hand transmits negative energy, and the palm of the hand transmits positive energy.

  3. Keep your mouth shut, and let him sniff your palm.

  4. Gently pet him under the chin, not on top of the head.

  5. Don’t reach or try to grab for the dog.

When friends visit you, they can help you manage your dog’s wetting behavior. Tell your visitors when they arrive to ignore the dog and let him come to them. Instruct them about offering the palm of the hand and about not grabbing for the dog.