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this just started a month now, when i walk toward his bed and pet him he rolls on his back and pees ? at first i was not sure what just happened but i just happened again. bruno is not altered and is 1 year 6 mts. submissive peeing? how do i correct this?

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It would help if we know a little more about Bruno, but yeah, it sounds like submissive peeing. This is unusual for a Doberman.

With the info at hand, I'd say avoid demands for submission - which in a dog's mind includes approaches straight on, like approaching him in his bed directly. Instead ignore him and only give affection when he shows a sure confident temperament, never when he acts unsure or anxious.

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thanks but this is 6 or 7am i go over to let him outside, strange ?

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I'd think about taking him to the vet for a check-up.  Could be a problem and this is the only way he can show it. 

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Make sure you put him out before you go to bed, even if he was out a short time before. Then also make sure that when he comes back in he does not refill. If he is in a crate, a small amount of water for overnight is preferable, but not a large amount.

We could also use more info about the situation. Is he an only dog? Is there a family?

Has there been a need to discipline Bruno recently? When you come home, how does he greet you?

If I have occassion to discipline Princess or Red, it is with calm steady voice and a stare. Typical incidents recently are typcially about getting stuff out of the trash can in the living room (paper, envelopes) and shredding them. I walk in and call out "who did this?". Red usually at this point in looking on with a bored look while Princess is either looking at the foor or has her head turned sideways. I will walk up to her and when she looks at me as if to say "so what", I simply look at her until she looks away. Then no more. I will go sit down. She will come up to me and it is petting time.

Never ever raise your voice or yell at a Doberman. They are very sensitive animals. Positive reinforcement and gentle discipline goes a long way as they are so eager to please.

How often to you go outside and play with Bruno or walk him if you don't have a fenced yard.