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jenko

German shepherds urinating

Hi both my German shepherds DOGs approx 7-8 months old. they urinate at the slightest of excitement. When they are walked they both past water at least 5-6 times.
They have both in the past had water infections passing blood, could they have weak bladders and as they are very imature and exciteable should they have the snip.
Thanks Dave

10/1/08

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TonyT

Young dogs often do this when excited, I know ours did this for ages whenever a new person came into the house and he got excited, he peed. If your worried that the water infections have returned then get your vet to check them over to put your mind at rest...also look into what you are feeding them on as you may find changing foods will help a great deal...just make sure it's done gradually... passing water 5-6 times a day does not sound alot...ours pee far more. If you're feeding them a tinned food you will find alot of that is water and thus will make them pee more. I would hold back on having them snipped so young...this does not always cure excitable dogs. I would first get a check with your vet, if all is clear then consider changing to a dry food maybe, Burns is excellent....

10/1/08

TonyT

....and then get them into a routine of peeing...measure the amount of water you are putting down each day and see how much they are drinking...and maybe take them along to some fun obedience classes to help them with their excitement...a well trained dog is a happy dog. Please take a look at the Burns website, it has lots of information etc...cut and paste the link...hope this helps.
http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk/dog_food.htm

10/1/08

TonyT

Just to add...Male dogs will pee more on walks due to scent marking...

10/1/08

jenko

Tony, thanks for that information, I intend to take then to a school as they are starting ti run about with pack instinct now they are inseparable. Very hard to keep their attention, but very bright and quick to learn
Thanks again
Dave

10/1/08

jenko

I try to calm them but even when they settle they still wee! very frustrating
Many thanks
Dave

10/1/08

jenko

Hi was told by the breeder of these dogs that I should give them as much water as possible, water should always be available. My 2 are very active and do drink a lot, they eat tinned food and dried food from ASDA. My Vet said ASDA dog food was very good and balanced.

10/1/08

Chicco

I am surprised that ASDA dog food has been advised. To be honest I would disagree with the quality of that food. My dogs cannot eat it.
Can I say with that peeing with excitement when greeting is also a sign of nervous submissive behaviour, and some would say that you should not castrate a dog which is at all nervous, but obviously you know your dogs.
I do also feel that if you do get 2 pups from the same litter, then you must do a lot of one to one with each, including separate classes at dog school. Otherwise they bond with each other too much and not with their humans.
I really do not think there is anything wrong with the peeing so frequently, and as Tony says a lot of that would be marking, but understand if you are worried if they have had prior problems.

10/1/08

jenko

Hi chicco, I am open to recomendations on food brand and quality. They only eat chicken and jelly and ASDAs own biscuit. I want strong healthy dogs as do we all.
My dogs are very dominant and confident when out walking but at the same time very bubbly and puppy like with the family. They are getting harder to keep focused and tend to work together.Whine when they are apart

10/1/08

jenko

Thanks, I will give it a try to see if they eat it.

10/1/08

Chicco

When it comes to food quite honestly it is a bit like cars. Nearly everyone has a view about one or the other and where one person swears by one - another will disagree ---- however --- then you get your VW's and nobody has a bad word to say about them .................. and so it is with Burns dog food. Honestly, I've never heard any negatives about that food, and I know a lot of different people that feed it.
Hope this helps.
I do highly recommend you booking them into different classes at dog club, in fact a lot of clubs would insist on this.
You need to get them working one to one with you.

10/1/08

jenko

I will try Burns dog food, and I agree they need to work one to one with me, I will contact a dog club tomorrow.
Thanks very much for your advice

10/1/08

stuart

Good to see lots of interest in a question. Thanks to you all. This is how I imagined the site working.
I agree that diets are a very personal thing and I do think that it is a matter of finding one that suits the dog and sticking to it. The balance of calcium phosphorus protein and energy is particularly important in larger breed growing puppies. I would use one that is formulated for larger breeds.
It is lkely that the frequent urination problems are related to anxiety/nerves but as you say that they have had urinary infections in the past I would ask your vet to do further urine tests. There are also congenital defects that can result in leakage of urine and if there is evidence of such where they lay then again further examination is adviseable.
Please keep us updated.

11/1/08

TonyT

I wasn't suggesting limiting a dogs water, merely keeping an eye on how much they drink. I would never suggest with holding water from any animal....our vet told us to do this when one of our dogs peed alot...he wanted to gauge how much he was drinking each day so we put down a pint and if he drank that, put down another...it was a way of knowing the amount and to eliminate other things when blood tests didn't help solve the matter.

11/1/08

jenko

Hi,
Its a good idea to monitor the amount of water and I understand you did'nt mean limit the amount of water, I have taken all advice on board , going to try Burns food and even booked up training for both dogs.
Many thanks to everyone for all your valuable knowledge and advice Dave

11/1/08

jenko

Stuart
I would like to say what a fantastic forum and thanks again to everone offering to share their knowledge
Dave

11/1/08

TonyT

Another great forum for German shepherds is this one...cut and paste the link www.germanshepherdsuk.co.uk and www.dogsey.com both very informative. hope this helps

12/1/08

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