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Dog with hysterical excitement/urination problem

Hi, this is my first post here but I have been a reader of the forums for some time.

I am looking for some help with my 3.5yr old male (neutered) dog.

The problem is one of excessive excitement (frenzied, hysterical) when he sees somebody he knows well... e.g. when we arrive home, when friends come to the house or we go to theirs, when we see friends out walking, etc. He goes totally nuts for about a minute before he can settle down (high pitched very fast barking, leaping, jumping up and leaking urine). The urine leaking is worse if the person he is 'greeting' touches him during the frenzy, which makes me think it is somewhat submissive. So I'm always yelling "don't touch him!!" so our guests don't get sprayed on.

The leak is not a big puddle, just a little spray, and the urine itself is normal, clear, not odorous.

The problem has improved from when I first got him, we have done lots of positive reinforcement training (which helped a little), however when he gets into this hysterical state, he seems to lose control of himself completely. He has been given a clean bill of health multiple times from the vet. She agrees that this is a behavioural/ emotional issue.

I have had him about 1.5 years now, I adopted him from a rescue organization at the age of 2. His background is one of many different homes - at least five homes in two years. I do not believe that he was physically abused in the sense of being hit etc, however I do believe he was handled roughly by a man at some point, as he gets anxious if other people try to grab him by the collar at the back of his neck.

He has an extremely happy, playful, outgoing nature. He is very vocal (especially when happy, excited, nervous or guarding the home). Not destructive with anything in the home, but when given the opportunity likes to break up sticks/wood etc in his mouth - not chewing, but breaking into small pieces.

He is very 'needy' of attention and likes to be with people more than with other dogs. Quite greedy with food, eats quickly. Likes to be up high on things. Sleeps well, often has quite animated 'twitchy' dreams. Bold by nature, not afraid of other dogs and if he sees something or someone unfamiliar, he will stand his ground and bark, will not hide away. Tends to be dominant with other dogs regardless of their size.

I have used bach Rescue Remedy which I do find helps if we have to go to the vet etc.

Any suggestions? Sorry for the long post but I am trying to think of anything relevant. Thank you.
  dragonfly on 2005-11-24
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You want to have a look at Pulsatilla.

They easily spill urine when startled, from excitement, sleep or rest. Sweet natured and loving animals. Mild, sad, or gentle temperament. Moods are changeable. Greedy for attention and affection.

Dogs that bark incessantly, averse to solitude/always needs company. They have little to no thirst, this is key. Follow the owner for reassurance. Worse from heat.

Namaste27 last decade
If he tends to be chilly or easily chilled and prefers warmth then have a look at Nux Vomica.

Namaste27 last decade
Correction:You MAY want to have a look at Pulsatilla.
Namaste27 last decade
Thank you for this suggestion - I will look at Pulsatilla.

He is a northern breed with a lot of fur - he loves the cold weather and snow. In summer when it is hot he will swim at any opportunity.

He loves company and follows us everywhere. Looks to me for reassurance.

Very attuned to 'his' people, sensitive, eager to please, quick to learn, likes to be center of attention and will perform theatrics to make sure people are paying attention.

Very loving and affectionate, seeks cuddles.

Not thirsty - tends to have one or two big drinks a day and that's it.

Likes to run and exercise, very fast and athletic, unafraid of most things, dislikes getting in car but OK once in.

Reserved with strangers - not aggressive but wary. But loving devotion and frenzy greeting to people he knows well.

Loves to eat carrots (I saw another carrot dog posting here!!) and will incessantly beg for apples.

Don't know if I have added anything more relevant here, but when I get time I will research pulsatilla. Thank you.
dragonfly last decade
sorry forgot to add that when he knows we are going somewhere (e.g. getting ready for work, packing suitcase) he becomes very quiet and a little depressed/sulky.

Also you mention changeable moods - yes that sounds right - we often say that he turns into " the devil dog" - because when he wants to play or be chased around, he will transform into this crazy yapping snarling thing, racing in circles, baring teeth etc. It is only in play and he just wants to be chased, but to people who don't know him it is quite scary, even though he's only quite small. Again, it's like he kind of loses control for a while.
dragonfly last decade
I will post as remedies come to mind.

Pulsatilla dogs tend to be plump and female.

Phosphorus-Life of the party, loves people/strangers, class clowns, drama queens, they walk you on the leash, tons of energy. Worse from thunder/lightning/loud noise. Cannot be left alone. Very social, long and lean, built like a sprinter. Loves cold water and ice cream. Offended, irritable and weepy if not the center of attention. Very shiny and soft coats, barks and then is friendly. Violent reactions like the flare of a match.
Loves massage and to be groomed. Large thirst for water and vomiting of water or food may occur 15 minutes after being ingested.

friendly and feminine, with very beautiful/expressive eyes. Chases tail, snaps at flies, pulls on leash. Learns quickly but forgets.

Even though they have tons of energy they burn out quickly but renew that energy immediately after a short nap.

Namaste27 last decade
Thanks - Pulsatilla still sounds closer, though he does not tend to overweight.

In appearance he is very beautiful, fine-featured, dark expressive eyes, quite feminine looking, abundant soft white coat, tail is carried curled over back, small feet, upright ears.

High energy, but with good stamina, can run for hours. If really tired out, needs full night sleep to renew.

Does not chase tail or pull on leash, but will snap at flies. Always alert. Stands and walks on hind legs a lot. Does not forget what is learned.

Vomiting is rare and usually only if has eaten something he shouldn't. Loves to be groomed, massaged and bathed. Not thirsty.

OK to be left alone but prefers company. Life of the party, clown and very social but does not love everybody - wary of strangers. Loves his home and property.

Not afraid of thunder but is afraid of gunshot.
dragonfly last decade

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