Submissive peeing?

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We have an 11 week old dobe. Pharaoh is pretty much trained not to go in the house. Everyone in the house is able to take her out of her crate, except for my husband. Every single time he takes her out to go outside, she pees. Most of the time, it isn't even a sprinkle, it is a full bladder release.  I have been doing some reading and it says she does this to show he is the dominant member of the house. Is this the case? Is there anything we can do to stop this?  

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This is just my opinion. The minute your husband opens the crate he should pick Pharoah up and talk softly to her while carrying her outside asap. Then set her down to pee all the while praising her. Give that a try. For awhile I'd let him carry her out, don't let him walk her out. The key is quick! I hope this helps.

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Libby would do that with strangers when she was a pup-pup. She'd roll over on her back, and pee UP like a little fountain!  Because your pup is only doing that with your husband, I wouldn't think it was a health problem, just a submissive thing. The big thing is, don't make a fuss, and just get her outside. Eventually she'll stop doing that, as long as no one upsets her more.

Lib eventually stopped doing it - although it took a few months. I'd say just be patient with her.

And welcome to the Forum! (Pics, please. We LOVE photos!) 

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Doesn't have anything to do with your husband, at that age there isn't much bladder control.  How long is she in her crate?  Their instincts are to not go in the crate, but as soon as they get out, if they have to go, they go.  A pup that age shouldn't be in a crate more than maybe 2 hours without a break. 

At this age, if your dog is going in the house, she needs to go out more often.  Next few months she'll start getting more control.

WHen she does pee inside, don't make a big deal about it, just clean it up, move on, and make a mental not to go out more often.

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a bit of humor on this one, the one and only time I got peed on by a dog in the animal hospital I worked it was by a young doberman male who was terrified of the vet's office. I was carrying him as best I could and he just went all over me sending me home to shower and change, hahahahah of course now I know breeds and their traits I would not be as freely picking them up and trying to get then here and there, hahahahaha I guess my trust that they wouldn't hurt me kept me safe??? but this poor fella was terrified and I wished I could have just taken him home with me for the day he was beautiful and sooooo sweet........and my little female dober puppy had submissive peeing she would roll over on her back and pee all over herself when someone walked up to her.

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I would add that it was very fortunate I had linoleum flooring at the time.  :-)