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Does anyone have any suggestions on how to encourage Cali to stop peeing when she gets excited? She gets so happy to see you, she just pees everywhere, expecially when you finally pet her. Do havs out grow this?

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Good question Barb!
I'd like to know this as well. Miley is over 1 year old, and can't help but poddy a little when we get home or when she's excited. Even when I get her out of her crate in the morning.
We have to make sure she's on the tile when we get home so that there are no carpet accidents!
I'm glad she's happy to see me, but c'mon! =)

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Hi, The best method that I've found is to ignore the dog (no petting, talking, or even looking) until it calms down. Whenever you first greet the dog, you really have to wait until the dog is settled. This method is suggested in several books and most of the time works well. The hard part is for the owners, most find it really hard to ignore their cute little faces.
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We had a lab that did this and believe me, it was a much larger problem than it is with a hav!!

Indie does this a little. I agree with awedwards. We don't get excited when we arrive home. We let them out of their ex-pen and walk straight outside and have the happy we're home party out there. She does it in a few other situations as well. We can anticipate most of them and take steps to avoid it. She will pee if she's scared or intimidated. If she thinks she's about to get a bath, for instance. I make sure and let her outside before bath time, and get her to come to me for a treat rather than heading for her like I am going to pick her up if she is expecting something she doesn't like. It really is manageable. Watch to see when it happens and look for ways of avoiding that particular situation.

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Thanks Joelle for the tip of using a treat to make her come to you, that is a great idea because Cali also pees when she is scared or intimidated.

As for the coming home, I have tried the ignoring her and making the puppies sit before they get petted when I come home, but even if she is calm, as soon as you reach down to pet her, she pees. Maybe giving her a treat would distract her a little.

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Todd used to do it when he was younger but he only does once in a great while now (if we've left him home for several hours).
Ignoring him until he calms down when we come home works the best for us.

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i also agree with the ignoring, or posh pees...

our routine is come home, no eye contact no talking, let her out to pee, let her in, still ignoring her and finally sit down on the couch and invite her up to say "hi" to mom and dad. this works quite well.
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Yep. Pixie does this too-it's just her one "thing" she does that I wish I could change. She does it with my mom, my husband, and strangers. The monotone voice does help when I come home, and she's doesn't do it for me anymore. I try to get my mom to ignore her when we first come over-no such luck, so away she pees. Oh well...glad to hear we're not alone on this. I've heard they outgrow it, but she's almost 10 months, so I don't know.

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I have the same problem with Marble, and he's 2 1/2. He pees whenever we come home and if he's scared. I have to keep him in an xpen on the tile when we're gone, so I can clean it up.We're working on the ignoring routine, as he also barks like a madman when we come home. Good luck to everyone!

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Dora did this a bit when she was younger but I think it was more to show how submissive she was as she wasn't very well socialized. I completely ignored her and would come home, open the xpen, keep ignoring her, walk outside and still not pet her but tell her "potty." After she pottied then we had the party and mommy visited. I didn't want her to think when I touched her that was her signal to potty. Ironically at over 4 years old and free rein of the house, when I walk in the door she runs and barks at the outside door to go outside asap and goes potty Belle and Dash of course know the routine and follow suit! This system works for us as I can't remember the last time Dora did submissive urination. She very well might if I came home and loved her immediately though.

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