My dog is suddenly scared of everything, which is resulting in him peeing everywhere. I don’t punish him because I know that doesn’t help, but he even gets scared and pees when I try to give him a treat. I don’t know what to do.

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Peeing when scared or anxious is what’s known as submissive urination.  Getting your dog to get over submissive urination can be resolved through a number of methods and I recommend this site for more information:


Oftentimes, the following methods can be used:

  • Teach them commands using positive reinforcement training methods.
  • Keep their routine and environment as consistent as possible.
  • Gradually expose them to new people and new situations and try to ensure that their new experiences are positive and happy.
  • Keep greetings low-key (no bear hugs or loud voices, which your dog may perceive as acts of dominance).
  • Encourage and reward confident postures such as sitting or standing.
  • Give them an alternative to submissive behaviors. For example, have them “sit” or “shake” as you approach, and reward them for obeying.

However, the first thing you should do in this case is making sure to have a veterinarian to help ensure there is nothing else wrong.  Especially since you said it has only recently started happening.  Diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, and a number of others can show up this way as well and you want to make sure that your dog is healthy.

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