We have a small puppy who we are trying to toilet train but sometimes when he gets too excited, he can't stop himself from peeing. Is this normal!?
Yes! Toilet training can be a frustrating time, but patience and persistence pays off, and you will get there in the end. Even dogs who have mastered it will sometimes have accidents if they are very excited or stressed when their bladders are full, so if you know something exciting is going to happen (a visitor, for example), make sure the puppy has been out and had a wee before. To toilet train your puppy, you must give him every opportunity to toilet in the correct place, and then reward him immediately. So at times when he is likely to want to go, like as soon as he wakes up and after meals, you should put in where you want him to toilet, and watch him. As soon as he goes, praise him and reward him. It's no good doing this 30 seconds later, it has to be immediate or it won't work. Similarly, if he does have an accident, you can tell him off, but only if it is straight away. However, if your puppy is urinating involuntarily because he is excited, telling him off will not help because he probably was not aware of doing it.