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Question by Sean Boileau
Submitted on 9/25/2003
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My lab is wetting himself when I speak to him...

Hello, I'm having a problem with my lab.  He is now 6 1/2 months old, and has recently started peeing himself whenever I speak to him.  I am a married man with two children.  He does not pee with any of the rest of the family, only me and ESPECIALLY at supper time.  

I am definately the one in the house that tells the dog "NO!" when he is biting playfully, but hurting the children.  

The other factor here involving supper is that for a long period, he would growl at me when I fed him supper.  This has ceased with me now, but the peeing has replaced the growling.  However, he does growl at the rest of the family.

What should I do?  Or should I not be doing something?  My wife is convinced I am being too hard on the dog for sending him to his cage when he does pee, but I am at a loss!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated!  


Sean Boileau

Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 11/13/2003
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My lab will often have an accident if he is reprimanded too harshly, perhaps he is frightened of you? It depends on the type of voice you use with them, try changing your approach to him!


Answer by Michele
Submitted on 3/14/2004
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It definitely sounds like your dog panic pees and it is hard to correct because the more you yell the more he reacts. But I do not like that your pup growls at you and the rest of the family. Have you had him to the vet and told them about his problem? Maybe he should be neutered as well, he might be trying to see what he can get away with and is testing you . He is showing aggressive behavior and in turn if you walk away when he grows it just reinforces the behavior. I would seek some help. Try talking to someone in your area about obedience training as well.


Answer by Rainey
Submitted on 5/16/2004
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I totally agree with the fact that you make the dog nervous. Keep in mind that he is only a dog. Change your tone yet be firm.


Answer by priestian
Submitted on 12/28/2005
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im a vet that owns a happy lab i have never hade a problem with him peeing when i speak to him but in your case i would recomed that you DON'T send your dog to it's cage or crate because it your dog will find that his crate is a punishment area not a home or safty area. try spending more time with him and show him that you are one of his litter mates and not so much a punisher he will soon find that what you are doing is right and will respect you!



Answer by Oregon_Dog_Trainer
Submitted on 4/8/2006
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The WORST thing you can do when your dog is urinating submissivly is punish him/her.  It will only make the urination worse.  


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