By Barbara from El Cajon, CA
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 & cost almost 3 times as much. I just got one for our Yorkie granddog & we're thrilled. Well worth the investment as keeps dog & animal lovers both happy. :)
You don't say if he is neutered or not. If he isn't, get him neutered ASAP. Also, as someone else has said have a vet examine him because he could have a bladder infection, UTI, etc.
You absolutely need an enzymatic cleaner like "simple solution" some grocery stores carry them in the pet isle but it is usually cheaper to get them in large quantities at a pet store or Wal-mart sometimes, especially if they have marked all over the house.
I'd also call your vet to make sure they don't have urinary tract infections or something medically wrong.
Irrespective of both Dogs being castrated you have two males in competition with each other to "claim" their territory.
The first resident animal is protecting "his" home and the new-comer is simply trying to "stake his claim" Sadly your daughter may have to consider "moving" to her own accommodation. Good luck.
I do not think it will help if you get your dog neutered for the above reason. We had our jack russell/ terrier mix dog fixed at a very early age. (Maybe 2 mos. old) and he still marks his territory everywhere he goes!
We had a four year old male that started marking his territory inside. I asked my vet if neutering would help. He said at that age I had a 50/50 chance. Well, the 50/50 chance turned out to be in favor of me. The marking stopped. Plus, there is a very high incident rate of testicular and prostrate cancer in unneutered male dogs as they get older.
I'm not sure if neutering a male dog will stop this habit, but it may help the dog. Also, you can buy doggie bands for an incontinent male dog to use while indoors or to eliminate the markings inside the home. Here's two links that sell them, but once you see how one is made, you might be able to make several belly bands much cheaper for the price of one:
http://www.kennelkomforts.net/Merch ... vc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=BB2
I need help getting my 4 year old and 8 year old pugs to stop marking their territory! We moved into a new house and can't get them to stop. This is a problem they never had. We have lived here almost 6 months. Any suggestions?
Alana from East Troy, WI
I recommend using an enzymatic cleaner to neutralize the pet smells -- only enzymatic cleaners will do this, as far as I know. Then, if they are still marking, restrict the areas they are allowed into. They may be overwhelmed with trying to "establish their presence" with such a large new area. Start with a small area like the kitchen or someplace that's near the family action. Gradually expand their access when you are happy about their behaviour.
If you can catch them in the act and say a firm "no" and then put them outside to ignore them for a while, this might help. (05/08/2008)
I need someone to tell me how best to get my son's dog to quit wetting on everything in sight. I know dogs mark their territory but this is worse than that. I have never seen a dog wet so much in my life. I have scolded him, but it doesn't seem to matter to him. He can go wet on something and then something else. You know most dogs at least have to wait a little while before doing it again, not him. Anyone have any ideas for me?
Jennifer from Scottsville, KY
What can be done when a dog continues to mark his territory in the house?
By Elaine and Levi from Ohio
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)
My 10 month old male Shi Tzu has started marking territory. He is not neutered. He was trained well at 5 months and only peed if someone didn't let him out. He barks to go out and waits patiently at the door. Since my daughter's friend had her female Pit Bull here that peed and pooped on the basement floor, Buddy has started marking on the leg of the sofa. It's very frustrating. Any suggestions?
By Bonny from Canada
I have an 8 month old male German Shorthair puppy. He is a big dog in size yet still has the heart of a puppy. I have never had this problem with a dog before. I crate trained him from day one and he has had a few "deliberate" accidents in the home. I am blessed to have flexible work hours and am able to do much of it at home so I spend a lot of time with him.
During the day he can go in and out of the house as needed. He has responded to hand signals and verbal requests since about 12 weeks of age and learns new things very quickly. The one thing he does is to pee either while standing still or walking. He does not raise his leg or squat while doing this. He just goes. It is almost as if he does not realize that he is doing this. He is a very loving animal and checks in often to give hugs and kisses.
Last night while getting his hug he urinated on me and his blanket. It was a while before I even noticed. He hikes when taken outside or on walks so I am confused as to whether he is marking or if he just does it when he is excited. My husband of course is not very happy with this and I do not want the dog to be banned from the house so any advice or suggestions I will be very grateful to receive. Thank you so much.
By lostinthe from MO
Then if everything is normal go to leerburg.com and put in "housetraining" in the search bar. There are free articles and ebooks along with videos you can buy on dog training. He is very smart.
Blessings, Robyn (05/07/2009)
Perhaps your vet can prescribe a medication like the human Detrol, but I doubt it. Some dogs just get so happy and excited that they just can't hold it. It's a judgment call as to whether or not you will put up with it or not. Doggie Diapers may be your only hope should you decide to keep him. Females seldom experience the difficulty. As an author of dog related books and career trainer in the same vein and having worked with dogs extensively (36 years) I have only experienced the problem 3 times.
Good luck. Let us know if the problem is ever solved. (05/07/2009)
I second the motion for a vet visit and explain how he seems to not notice he is going at those times just to be on the safe side. Maybe he has a little urinary tract infection, never know. Good luck.
Our 4 1/2 month old German Short Haired Pointer/Terrier mix, Elmo, at 4 months, was basically housebroken.
Can someone help? My male Yorkie is marking his territory all over the house. How can I break the habit?
Does anyone know how to stop a male dog from lifting his leg and claiming territory? Any helpful hints will be great.
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