• Michael D'Abruzzo

    December 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I would say that Manny’s reaction is normal to counter-balance the behavior of the more aggressive dogs she encounters. The peeing is submissive urination and it is an involuntary reaction which communicates her very non-confrontational intentions to the other dog. If you saw this all the time with dogs that were acting friendly toward her I would then say that maybe she has a little bit of a problem. If it is happening as an extreme non-violent way to counter a little over the top reaction toward her it is normal. Generally a growl would have probably been enough from the other dogs to have her back off if that is what they wanted.

    For this the best thing is to try to give much more positive experiences with less “uptight” dogs and try to avoid dogs that you do do not know much about. Too much bad experiences can eventually lead to more abnormal behavior such as avoidance or aggression toward new dogs.

    But for now, certainly this is normal behavior for a dog that has a naturally more submissive personality – which is a good thing.