My Dog Pees While He’s Walking

When dogs are excited, anxious, or sad, they may express their emotions through various behaviors.

Among them are jumping up and down, pulling and running around, and occasionally leaving a small puddle of pee behind. When you have a dog, you realize that accidents arise. 

However, it can be highly frustrating if your dog develops a bad habit and keeps repeating it around the house. Maybe they do the same thing when they go to the park. 

It can be difficult for a dog owner to deal with an unpleasant situation. 

Most of the time, it’s a personal issue, similar to peeing on the bed. Let’s examine a little deeper to discover why your dog is acting this way.


5 Reasons Your Dog Pees While He’s Walking 

1: Excessive Water Intake 

The most likely answer to your dilemma is that your dog may have consumed too much water. 

Most of the time, owners train them and set a timer for when they pee or poop. They also learn where they can and cannot pee. 

In the summer, however, dogs require plenty of water to avoid dehydration. This satisfies their water requirement but causes them to urinate repeatedly. 

Similarly, even though dogs drink less water due to the cold weather, they still need to urinate frequently in the winter. When they can’t find a suitable location, they pee while walking.

2: Fear 

Fear, anxiety, and excitement are all emotions that can cause your dog to pee while walking. This is also referred to as submissive urination. 

This is common in both male and female dogs, as well as puppies. They learn not to pee when their emotions change as they get older. Some dogs, however, take longer to learn. 

Your dog may pee when someone approaches them or when they’re in trouble; they will pee. Their entire urination cycle is dictated by how they’re feeling at the time. 

In that case, dogs are unconcerned about where they are standing or walking. They simply can’t keep themselves in check.

3: Kidney Issues 

Moving on to something more serious and concerning. If your dog pees while walking, it could be a sign of a severe health problem.

Kidney disease is common in senior dogs. In other words, it gradually deteriorates the kidneys. 

If the dog has chronic kidney disease, it may not urinate properly or may urinate excessively. The kidneys’ purpose is to purify the blood and remove toxins from the body through urine. 

However, if the kidneys are not working well, they will not be able to filter an adequate amount of urine at once.

4: Incontinence 

Urinary incontinence occurs when your dog loses bladder control. The dogs have been trained, and they know when they can pee. 

However, in some cases, the dog’s bladder may lose its ability to hold urine. The primary cause of incontinence is a medical complication. 

If your dog has had a urinary tract infection in the past, they may be experiencing it again. This can range in severity from minor leaks to massive amounts of urination. 

Furthermore, if the pelvic muscle weakens, the dog will have difficulty holding the urine. 

As a result, they will pee while walking because they won’t reach the designated area before peeing.

5: Bad Habits 

The final but most important factor could be a behavioral issue. Dogs are swift to pick up bad habits, and once they do, it takes a long time to unlearn them. 

If your dog has witnessed another pet doing this, they may be fascinated and attempt to imitate them. 

If you do not pay attention or stop the dog from engaging in deviant behavior, they will turn it into a game. 

The dog will then do it more frequently. It will take a striking amount of work to train your dog. It’s also possible that your dog had incontinence in the past. 

However, the dog’s behavior may persist even after they have recovered.

3 Helpful Tips if This Happens 

1: Consult a Vet 

Whatever the reason, you should see a veterinarian. They have received more training in understanding pets and their behaviors. 

The vet will perform some medical exams on your dog and look for other signs and symptoms. The veterinarian will guide you on how much water to give in the summer and winter. 

The vet then performs blood tests to rule out any urinary tract infections or kidney problems. If the test results are positive, your dog will be given medication. 

It’s critical that you educate yourself about your dog’s complications and treatment protocol. Following the veterinarian’s instructions will keep your dog from getting into any further trouble.

2: Train Them

If the dog does this out of fear or anxiety, you must address these issues because you will not help your dog until they learn a new way of coping.

Teach your dog how to deal with something frustrating or exciting. Additionally, if your dog doesn’t know how to hold their bladder, teach them how to do so. 

Alternatively, if your dog is doing it out of habit, you should change it. You can also hire a professional trainer for this purpose or do it yourself at home. 

Training will take some time, but your dog will quickly learn good behavior with the proper assistance.

3: Support Them

As aggravating as it is for you, it could be even more traumatic for your dog. For this reason, all they need is your love and support. 

You should reassure them that you still care about them and want to help them. You will find it easier to train your dog if they develop a trusting relationship with you. 

Do not yell at the dog. Determine what caused your dog to behave in this manner. Then move ahead to help them, doing your best to work with them through this challenge. 

You can use a reward and punishment strategy to accomplish this. 

If the dog pees while you’re out walking, try to ignore them or keep a safe distance from them. If they don’t do it again, give them a treat.


Peeing while walking is common in puppies, but they learn good behavior as they grow. You can always train them to pee when and where they want. 

However, our dogs can be highly unpredictable at times. As a result, we must closely observe them and determine what motivates them to act in this manner. 

Incontinence can occur if your dog has a health condition such as a urinary tract infection or kidney disease. Whatever the reason, consult a veterinarian and seek training for your dog. 

Written by Brian Rucker

Brian Rucker has been a dog lover since childhood. He has had his Lab Mix with Hound for over 10+ years now! They enjoy playing outdoors together. Brian loves sharing his knowledge about all things dog on this website. Read more of Brian's articles.