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    Hi all,

    I have a 1 year old jack russell who gets overly excited whenever I come home from work. What I mean by excited is that he can't contain his urine as he lays on his back when he greets me.

    I'm not sure how to fix this as I know he can't help it and he gets embarrassed and sad straight after he does it.

    Also, when someone comes to the front door let it be a family member or a stranger, he barks very loudly until he gets right up to the door and knows who it is. It is very loud on the neighbours and i've tried telling him off but he keeps barking.

    Thanks

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    My dog used to do this when certain people came to visit - the pee thing, so i'd make sure she only got to greet them when she was outside.

    I always wait until she's done an S&P outside when I get home - because she stays inside the house when I'm out, and I ignore her until she's done. Try going to the back door, letting your dog outside - so there's no mess inside, and ignore him for five to ten minutes or at least until he calms down.

    With barking - I taught my dog to bark on command. So when she barks and I want her to be quiet - I give her the "speak" command - and that shuts her up while she thinks about what she needs to do to get the treat, and then she makes a tiny roo roo noise - because that's all she needs to do to get the treat. Ie it shuts her up.

    If you want your dog to be calm and polite at the front door, train him to sit before you will open the door. You may have to yell through the door to let people know you're getting ready and if you think pee will be a problem - ask them to stand back so you can get outside with him before he gets to greet them.

    I think dog barking at people at the door is a good thing.

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    Harley use to always pee on my mum when she would come over, she was the only person too. I think he's grown out of it now, he hasn't done it for a while!

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    I read a story about a dog that peed on the belongings of people the owner didn't like much. And the owner wanted the dog to stop - but was having a hard time convincing the dog. Ie it does help if you're not conflicted about the behaviour...

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm hoping he will grow out of it and it seems he only does it when someone greets him (goes to pat his tummy).

    Although, this morning when he was naughty and left something at the front door, I pointed to him and he knew he did the wrong thing. He walked over to me slowly and layed on his back, I went to pat him and whizzzz it goes.

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    It sounds like submissive urination to me. So I would just be ignoring him completely when you come home and only paying him attention when he is calm. This has nothing to do with toilet training because, as you stated, he cannot control himself. So if you want the behaviour to cease will have to try to make sure he has no reason to do it.

    I.e. ignoring him when really excited, avoid yelling at him too harshly (scold yes, loud screams no), making sure visitors ignore him when they come inside etc.

    As for the barking at the front door I would rope someone in to help you and practice him being quite. For example have your dog on lead, get your friend or helper to ring or knock on the door. When you dog begins carrying on gently turn him away from the door and say "enough" or "thankyou" or something that you can use in the future as his cue to be quiet, and keep turning him away until he is quiet and then reward. Then rinse and repeat

    It will take a little bit of time but it will be worth it in the end
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    I agree that it sounds like a submission thing. Especially if he is rolling onto his back and urinating as you are leaning over him. My kelpie was severly mistreated before we got her and if you tower over her she will roll on her back and wee, it is a fear/submission issue.

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