A. It sounds to me as though this is submissive urination. He may feel a little nervous about being picked up. Is there a reason the dog needs to be picked up? I would suggest luring the dog to whatever location you are trying to get him to. If you must pick him the following pointers may help. He needs to build his confidence and trust. Try just showing your hands to your dog and treating to then lifting barely with just one or two paws off the floor and reward with a treat, then four slightly lifted and treat eventually getting higher above the ground. This could help him feel more comfortable but do not do all steps at once. It should be a gradual process so he can get comfortable with it.
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