I've had issues where a dog would get really excited seeing someone and have an accident and fixed it by having that person not make eye contact or pet the dog until a little later. The issue now is the dog will pee whenever he seems nervous. Once he lets it out it starts coming. His ears go back like he did something wrong and he starts to wiggle. He does this when you try to put a collar on him and you just have to let him crawl in your lap and usually he wont go there. I'm not exactly sure how to deal with this. He doesn't poop in the house but it seems like a 50/50 chance he will pee in the house.

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Can you give us some back story? How long have you had him, how old is he? When you say he pees in the house, are you referring to the submissive urination or that he's not potty trained completely?

I got him about a month ago.  He is 7 months old.  They had a younger daughter that lived there and I watched her drag some of the corgis on a leash so I figure that is where the collar part comes from.   The breeder told me he was potty trained as they had a doggie door.  Like I said he doesn't poop in the house and he will go pee outside every now and then.  He does it more out of being in his nervous state.

If he is anxious about putting on the collar, why not just have a safe collar you can leave on him all the time?  If this works, that's the easy way out. If not, here is another route.

You can try to desensitize him from the anxiety associated with putting on the collar.  First simply have him come with you kneeling and give him a treat, no fuss, just let him go, or get up, no coming in your lap.  Get a martingale collar that will be loose enough for him to slip his head into. Practice this training only AFTER you come home from a walk and you know he has no pii left in him :-)  Have a few high value treats ( use people food, bits of hot dog, or small bits of cheese, or of a cold cut, or leftover meat in small chunks )  Have the collar in your left hand and the treat in the right.  Get down on your knees, pass the hand that is holding the treat in through the collar opening and call the dog.  As he nibbles at the treat, say the word "collar" and glide the collar over his head and then repeat " good collar" and give a second treat.  Pet him and remove the collar gently, wait 5 minutes or so and repeat the whole thing.  Do several repetitions.at a time

Once this has gone well for several days, after he gets the first treat, snap the leash on, stand up and then say "good collar" and give the second treat, then go out the door, even if just for a minute.

If you get piing at any stage, you need to slow down and break it up in even smaller steps. Build on success and judge things by the degree of self confidence the dog is showing.

Great advice.  Thank you I will try that as soon as I can.  

I will be watching for news of your progress.  I had not seen your post about the young daugther dragging the pups. That certainly has a lot to do with it.  If you don't see progress with the collar in a reasonable time, you may try a soft harness instead, or no harm in alternating.

Another question: is Otis neutered?  If he is not, I would advise putting it off for awhile.  He seems to be quite a submissive pup and I think he would benefit from extra time to adjust to his new environment and develop a more confident personality.  If you have this option, I I would wait and neuter him around 12 months of age.

I just got him neutered 2 weeks ago.  He is a confident dog with other dogs.  It is more just around people.


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