18. Submissive Urination
In this case, urination is a submissive behavior that’s usually accompanied by other submissive behaviors like squinting, grinning, cowering, tucking the tail, or lowering the front paws.
While this is much more of an instinctive behavior than deliberate disobedience, there are still things you can do to prevent it.
First, try greeting Fidette outside. Even if she stays inside during the day, you can open the door and let her out rather than going inside to greet her. It won’t stop the submissive urination, but it makes it less of a problem.
If you can’t greet Fidette outside, ignore her when you first walk in. Let her get her excitement out of the way before you bend to greet her. Greeting her when she’s calm reduces the risk of submissive urination.
When you do give her your attention, pet her on the chin or chest, instead of on the head. Accepting a touch on the head is, in itself, a submissive behavior. If all else fails, distract her with treats.
Store treats in your car or in another convenient place. As soon as Fidette starts running toward you, toss her some treats. Stopping to eat the treats will help break the pattern of submissive behavior.