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Getting Dogs To Stop Marking Territory


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?
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Alana from East Troy, WI

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Getting Dogs To Stop Marking Territory

That's WHY they're doing it, because you moved! Just train them like you were starting over by taking them out several times on a leash & then praising/giving the treats when they pee outside. They'll get it, don't worry. (05/07/2008)

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Getting Dogs To Stop Marking Territory

If your house had previous owners and if the previous owners had pets, then your dogs are probably smelling them and are marking their territory, a natural behaviour.

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.

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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)

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