If your husky pees when you pet it you might want to know why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why it could be doing it and what you can do to stop it.
So, why does my husky pee when I pet it? If it is young it is likely to be because it cannot control itself especially when it gets excited and it will likely stop as it gets older. If it is an adult, it would be more likely to be due to things such as being ill, fear or not being let out to pee often enough.
There are actually a number of reasons why it might pee when you pet it and it could be a combination of reasons. However, there are also some things you can consider that will help in figuring out the exact reason.
Why your husky pees when you pet it
Below are a number of reasons why your husky might be doing it and what would make them more likely.
It’s still young
The reason why it does it could be that it is young and it cannot fully control its bladder yet. If your husky is below the age of 12 months it would be likely that it will stop doing it as it gets older. However, it would help to train it to pee outside while it is young and to take it outside whenever it wants to pee so that it learns to pee outside.
It has an illness
If your husky doesn’t normally pee when you pet it but it has started doing it suddenly then it could be due to a disease. This would be more likely if it has also been behaving differently and it has been showing other signs of having a disease such as by being fatigued, vomiting or having diarrhea.
If it does seem like it might be ill then the best option would be to take it to a vet.
It hasn’t learned not to
If you never trained your husky to pee outside and it also pees inside when you don’t pet it as well, it would be more likely that you need to train it to learn to go outside when it needs to pee. In this case, it would be important to start training it to pee outside.
It could be that your husky is doing what’s known as submissive peeing which is where dogs pee due to being submissive. This would be more likely if your husky also shows signs of being submissive such as hiding its tail.
In this case, it would help to avoid punishing it when it does pee inside, reward it when it pees in the right place, to pat it under the chin instead of on the head and to let it come to you instead.
You have inadvertently rewarded the behavior
It could be the case that you have inadvertently trained it to pee inside by giving it things that it wants when it does it. If you tend to give your husky things such as extra attention, toys or treats when it does it, your husky might have learned that it is ok to pee when you pet it since it gets rewards.
Instead, it would help to follow the tips mentioned below and to avoid rewarding it when it does pee when you pet it.
It isn’t allowed out to pee often enough
If your husky doesn’t always pee when you pet it but it does when it has not been able to go outside in a while, it would make it more likely that it needs to be let outside to pee more often.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when trying to figure out why your husky has been peeing when you pet it.
Consider when it does it
It would help to consider the timing of when your husky does it since it might be the case that the timing has something to do with it.
If it tends to do it more when it has not been able to go outside for a while it would be more likely to be because it can’t hold it in any longer. Whereas, if it tends to do it when you approach it in a bold manner it would be more likely to be that it is doing it submissively.
Consider how old it is
It would also help to consider its age.
If it is a puppy still it would make it a lot more likely that it is doing it because it can’t control its bladder yet but it will begin to do it less as it gets older. But it would help to confirm that there is nothing wrong when you next take it for a checkup with the vet.
Whereas, if it is an adult it would make it more likely to be due to a disease especially if it has started doing it suddenly. But it could also be due to some of the other things mentioned above.
Consider when it started doing it
It would also help to consider the timing of when it first started doing it since it could be the case that there was an event that caused it.
If it started doing it suddenly it would be more likely to be due to things such as not being able to go outside as much, becoming ill, you might have rewarded it for doing it once or something might have caused it to start feeling fearful. It would help to consider what else changed when it first started doing it.
How to get your husky to stop peeing when you pet it
Below are some options you have when getting your husky to stop peeing when you pet it.
Take it to a vet
If you’re unsure of why your husky has been peeing when you pet it, your husky has started doing it suddenly or it has been showing signs of illness it would be best to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to rule out the possibility of it being due to an illness and to get expert advice tailored to your particular husky.
Let it out to pee often
If your husky is currently having to wait a long time before it is able to go outside to pee, it would help to start trying to let it out to pee more often. If it is not let out to pee often then it will be much more likely to pee inside it will also be unpleasant for your husky.
Train it to learn that it is meant to go outside
It would also help to train your husky to learn to go outside whenever it needs to pee. One way to do this would be to wait outside with it until it pees and then to reward it for doing so. You can look here to see more on how to train your husky to pee outside.
Avoid reinforcing the behavior
As mentioned above it could be the case that you have been reinforcing the behavior by rewarding it. Instead, it would help to reward it when it does not pee when you pet it and to train it to wait to go outside as mentioned above.