What can be done when a dog continues to mark his territory in the house?
By Elaine and Levi from Ohio
Check via Google for canine belly bands. A male who marks is just doing what instinct tells him to do so please don't punish them. You can find individuals as well as rescue organizations that sell male belly bands for less that $10 including shipping. I don't recommend you buy the ones at the pet stores as they aren't nearly as nicely made and cost almost 3 times as much. I just got one for our Yorkie granddog and we're thrilled. Well worth the investment as keeps dog and animal lovers both happy. (04/06/2009)
The first thing is spay/neuter. Second is clean your home thoroughly with enzyme based cleaners to get rid of any trace of scent. Last is proper basic house training. They all need several long walks - not just being let into a yard or pen. Boring and lazy = un-house trained animals. I do at least two half hour walks after my dog's main meals.
The long walks provide all the sights, sounds and smells your yard can't, no matter how big or interesting you think it is. The longer the walks, the more drained your dog is from spot peeing and the less they have to pee inside. They're also more tired and will sleep more at home. Mix in plenty of quick pee breaks during the day and keep it all on a very regular schedule. It works without fail if the walks are long, frequent enough, and on a very regular schedule.
Never, ever discipline a dog for going in the house. If you catch them in the act, rush them outside but don't scold. If it's an anxiety issue rather than marking you will only worsen the problem. Praise the dog short and modestly when they do what you want them to do outside. If the dog still pees inside; you have an anxiety problem and not a house training problem. The treatment is similar but it may take a little longer and you'll need more family involvement to help kick it.
They'll also need to be desensitized to the fear of losing that person when they leave. It takes lots of repetition in preparing to leave; then putting your coat back. Putting the coat on and going through the door; them coming right back. Extend the times as the dog starts to realize your leaving is no big deal.
Do not give lots of praise because it feeds their insecurity. It's OK to give affection after they have stopped seeking it from you. (04/07/2009)
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