I should insert here that the cute little dachshund came with the disclaimer he exhibited a “submissive urination” problem. He was about a year old and lived with a family that were caretakers for several elderly patients who lived in the home. It was easy to surmise that they must have health department guidelines to adhere to, hence a tinkling canine would not be a good fit. We were sure with the proper amount of training and love we’d fix him right up.
From the moment he arrived our lives were turned upside down. The first few weeks were filled with regret. He has submissive urination, and excitable urination and he hates to get wet so on wet days it is not unusual to find other, shall we say more solid deposits laying about. He does try - occasionally he will run to a door and wait but if you are in a different room or just plain not watching him all bets are off. On wet days he will do anything to avoid going, even though he carefully remains under the eaves of the house. Sometimes I can get him excited about feeding the squirrels and he’ll run out to the squirrel tree to investigate and then do his business as a side note. Other days we’re not so lucky. We have learned to manage many of his bad habits just by altering OUR behavior such as greeting him outside so he can pee and wiggle about at the same time with no dire consequences. We have to be diligent about inviting him to go outside and can’t rely on him to tell us. And some days we have to squeeze it out of him...we have our tricks too.
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