Dribbling or Submissive Wetting

Dogs that are high in defense flight and low in defense fight drives are notorious for submissive wetting behavior. (See Chapter 5 for more on your dog's drives.) This behavior usually occurs upon first greeting the dog. He will either squat or roll over on his back and dribble, dating back to his days as a puppy, when his mother cleaned him.

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When Buddy dribbles, don't scold your dog, because it only reinforces the behavior and actually makes it worse. By scolding him, you only make him act even more submissive, which brings on the wetting. Also, don't stand or lean over your dog or try to pick him up, because that, too, makes him act submissive and causes wetting.

Fortunately, submissive wetting isn't difficult to solve. Follow these steps:

1. When you come home, ignore your dog.

Don't approach your dog; let him come to you instead.

2. Greet your dog without making eye contact and by offering the palm of your hand.

This step is important. The back of the hand transmits negative energy, and the palm of the hand transmits positive energy.

3. Keep your mouth shut, and let him sniff your palm.

4. Gently pet him under the chin, not on top of the head.

5. Don't reach or try to grab for the dog.

When friends visit you, they can help you manage your dog's wetting behavior. Tell your visitors when they arrive to ignore the dog and let him come to them. Instruct them about offering the palm of the hand and about not grabbing for the dog.

If you follow this routine, your dog will stop dribbling.

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