First, identify the things that trigger the dog to urinate. Often it is your homecoming,
when you scold the dog, when you lean over the dog or when you approach or face the dog.
The first step is to remove any signs of threat at those key times when the dog wets. By
modifying your behavior, you should be able to get the dog to stop wetting. The time required
will be anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on your skill and the severity
of the problem.
If the dog wets when you approach, then do not approach. Instead, crouch right down and
turn your side toward the dog. Avoid direct eye contact. Let the dog approach you. If the
dog appears calm, pet him lightly under the chin. If petting produces wetting, try it again
in a few days. Avoid talking to the dog in the situations that produce urination. As the dog's
confidence builds, you can begin to add words spoken in a gentle, soft tone. Try "good dog".
After a few days of this routine, ask the dog to "sit" and then tell him "good dog" when he
complies. If this stimulated wetting, withhold it for a few days and then try it again.
Run through the situational training at least several times a day. For instance, if your
homecoming produces submissive urination, follow the above outline described, then go out
and come in immediately again...then again. This desensitization should help eliminate the
behavior over a period of time. As the dog gains confidence, see if you can approach him in
a standing position instead of a crouch. Let the dog's reactions tell you how to behave. If
you see that tell-tale squat start in the back, back off a step and start over until you can
Involve others in the program. Have family members or friends go through the same routine
as described above. When several others have gone through it with the dog, it will greatly
benefit the permanency of the correction. If backsliding occurs, just start over again at
the beginning. Correction should only take a few sessions. Throughout the program, be patient
and understanding. Your dog can sense your mood and will react to it accordingly.