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Urination problem

by D
(Murfreesboro, TN)

My Jack Russell is about 1 year old. We adopted (rescued) him when he was about 4 1/2 months old. He was neutered at around 6 months. Admittedly, house training has been a long journey, but in recent months he seems to be really figuring it out. But in the last week, he seems to have majorly back-pedalled. He has been jumping up to curl up next to me on the couch, and then he releases his bladder. Then, he approached my husband and laid across his shoes, and he peed.

I'm worried about him. He seems to be perfectly healthy otherwise, though.

Is this a breed specific sort of thing? Does anyone have any advice?

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Jun 29, 2011
Jack Russell urinating
by: Anonymous

I would double check with your Vet first to make sure there are no medical issues first. Otherwise, it sounds like he is doing submissive urination. Sometimes dogs feel threatened for some reason or another....could be that he was a rescue dog or maybe something in your house triggered like body language. Dogs can be very sensitive and fear and nervousness can lead to this or inappropriate punishment can too. This does not go away on it's own, you will need to do training. One major thing is to monitor your body language and tone of voice- don't bend over your dog, get down on his level to pet him, keepp your voice gentle and even. Don't punish him for urination, redirect him, take him outside and praise him when he goes. Another major thing is to build up his confidence level. Lavish on praise for good things he has done. One more thing, pet him under the chin and on his chest. Petting directly on his head can be taken by him as dominant behavior.
Hope this helps!

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