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How to Overcome Nervous Peeing

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albuquerque dogDoes your dog get so excited he pees or so nervous he pees? This is not an uncommon problem. It can happen when they are around another human or dog that they believe is superior or intimidating. This is not an issue of housebreaking. If it is a puppy that is doing it then they will typically grow out of it as they learn to manage their excitement better. If it is a submissive urination issue, you can address this with training.

FIRST: Never punish a submissive urination. This will not help and can make it worse. Even your body language can amplify their fear or anxiety. The primary goal of behavioral therapy with your dog is to build confidence. If they are confident they will not have a fear or submissive peeing reaction.


  • Do not comfort your dog for peeing. Just as punishing is bad, so is comforting. Be relaxed and ignore the behavior.
  • Do not rush your dog into situations that make him nervous. Build up gradually to them to give him a chance to familiarize himself and feel comfortable.
  • Do basic obedience training so that he is well behaved and accustomed to listening to you.
  • Crate train your dog. This will give him a place to retreat if he is nervous.
  • Take him out regularly to let him relieve his bladder. If there is little urine in his bladder it is harder for him to have an anxiety pee.
  • If he urinates after letting him out of the crate, do not say anything. Let him outside and clean it up. But do not talk to him. He will start to realize that he is not in trouble but the behavior is not rewarded either.
  • When outside, give him commands to urinate and praise him when he does use only your voice. Do not do excited praise, but calming and reassuring.
  • Keep your body calm. Keep your movements and body language slow and calm. Keep your voice down. This will keep him calm.
  • Keep him on a leash in a situation that may make him feel nervous, even if it is in your house. Often they take comfort being on a leash because they feel you are in control of the situation.
  • Reaffirm the comfort of a leash by spending time sitting with your dog while he is on the leash.
  • Ask your friends to not engage with him, if he is really nervous around other people. Work towards introducing him, but only after he is comfortable in the environment.

If you are concerned there is a medical issue, please contact your Albuquerque veterinarian for a checkup.

Alexa Will Read To Your Dogs

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Many dogs experience anxiety when their owners go to work. They are left alone in the house all day, bored, and just waiting for you to get home. Though there are many things you can do that will help relieve their anxiety, Alexa just announced a new one.

Alexa is the weird little speaker by Amazon that is voice responsive. You can ask it to play music, what is the weather, or to even adjust the temperature in your house if you have a smart house. Well, now they are venturing into the world of pet care. They call it petlexa. It started off as an April Fools joke but apparently, a lot of people thought it was a good idea so Amazon paired up with Cesar Milan and they just released a series of pet-friendly audio books.  There was a study done in 2015 that reported animals showing less stress if they listened to an audiobook.

Though the jury is out on whether this really quells your pet’s anxiety, it may quell your anxiety about leaving them alone. Now they are not alone, they are with Alexa.

Atopic Dermatitis

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Ydog skin problemsour dog can have allergies just like you do. Allergies can cause things like itching, scratching, rashes, sneezing, watery eyes, paw chewing, and inflammation. Some dogs get a condition called atopic dermatitis.


Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease associated with allergies. It is the 2nd most common allergic skin disease in dogs and is typically brought on by environmental allergies.

You can see signs of atopic dermatitis as early as 3 months and up to 6 years. If they haven’t developed it by 6 years old, you are probably in the clear. Cats can get it too, though this is more rare.


Most Affected Areas

  • Ears
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Muzzle
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Around the eyes
  • In between the toes

Signs of Atopic Dermatitis

  • Itching
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing
  • Licking


To diagnose atopic dermatitis you will have to bring your dog to your Albuquerque vet clinic for testing. Your vet will perform some tests and likely perform a full allergy test to identify the source of your dog’s allergies.


Once diagnosed your vet may recommend different things depending on what is causing the allergy. Some vets may give you injects to decrease the sensitivity of your pet to their allergen. They may give you corticosteroids and antihistamines to reduce their symptoms.

You can bathe your dog with anti-itching shampoo to help improve their comfort level. Shampoo’s with colloidal oatmeal can help. If the allergens can be identified, you may want to see if you can reduce your dog’s exposure.

Your vet will want to see your dog on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t miss your annual checkup.





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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.