Preventing a Dog from Marking in the House

I am fostering a dog to adopt. He wants to "mark with his scent" when he smells where my last dog laid. Is there anyway to break him of this or some product I can buy to deter him from peeing all over my house?

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

Buy Natures Miracle. Its enzymes remove traces of scent so the dog wont go back there

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks! I will give it a try. He is so sweet and loves attention. I really want to adopt him, but my entire house has my 12 yr old GS that I lost in April scent throughout the house.

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

Your new dog is marking its territory over the older dog. It feels insecure and if there is old pee in the room where the new dog smells, it will pee there.

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I trained my new dog to pee right where the older dogs go outside and the new dog goes to the same area. It is the same way in the house. You would need to keep the dog away from places where it pees in the house and have both dogs socialize more; this may help to stop that bad habit. If your new dog was not neutered early in life, this may also be the root of the problem as neutering can help stop the marking. In the meantime, treat the flooring to rid the odor.

I have used carpet shampoos in my Rug Doctor and it really cleans great, but the best overall cleaning, deodorizing and disinfectant found that really works for our home is using LYSOL in the brown bottle. It costs around $6.00 and 3-4 capfuls in the shampooer's container does wonders on the carpet. I love it and my husband noticed a big difference too. You might want to try this out.

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

P.S. I do not mix carpet shampoo with the LYSOL.

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

Actually my GS never peed in this house. He was 3 years old when we bought this new house. No animal has ever gone to the bathroom in it. The Shelter Lady that brought this new dog over for a visit said he would mark his scent if he could smell that another dog had been in that area.

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I believe she is right. She will bring him to me next week to foster him to see if I can keep him. I want to keep him if I can stop him from marking his territory - before he does it.

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

This is tough...when we brought a new dog into our house, we had to literally cover over any place where our (still living at the time) but older girl had peed in the past so our new fur baby would not be able to get to those places.

The house was a mess for several weeks with stuff (cluttering up spaces) but once he got acclimated and realized he was staying, he started to ignore those places.

He was fixed, which helped also.

As we were uncovering spaces to test him, we had a bottle of bitter apple or bitter cherry...I can't remember which, and if he would go to a space, we would give small spritz toward the spot (NEVER TOWARD HIM) and he would back off.

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After a week of that, all he had to do was see the bottle and he would ignore the spot.

While all this was going on, he was being crate trained...which for an older dog may take longer, but it is still doable...so by controlling his potty times (good schedule and crate) and hiding the spaces, it all worked for us.

It did take several months....but now all these years later, he is the best boy ever! Good luck! Hope you and the pup can become a furever family!

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

This is an idea I will try. This new 3 yr. old is neutered but I know even neutered animals want to mark their territory. I can cover up some furniture and watch him as he walks through the house with the spritz in my hand to spray an area he seems to be going toward to mark it, but I can't cover the carpet entirely, of course.

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Hopefully this will work. Thank you.

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August 18, 20180 found this helpful

I hope it works!! Fosters are so skittish and emotionally fragile...it is amazing what a little love and structure can do. Our Clarence was in 4 shelters before he found us and we found him. Very loving but it can take a while to get the fear to settle! Prayers for all!!

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August 21, 20180 found this helpful

the best I would say is get an enzymatic cleaner for area or something like the product Judy suggested earlier and take him on frequent walks and runs so that he no longer has the need to void so much. I know territory marking is not related to need to urinate but frequent exercise will provide a distraction and make him rise in confidence.

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the most important is to rid the smell fo the other dog, though even if it means painting over

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August 21, 20180 found this helpful

This lovable dog is just wanting to be sure he is "top dog" so anywhere a previous dog has been will be prime territory for making his marking. It does not matter whether it is from urine or just where the previous dog lay, the odor will be there.

You can use an enzyme cleaner to clean almost anything and these cleaners can be found at most stores that carry pet supplies but Petsmart has everything.
here are examples:
www.petsmart.com/.../
www.amazon.com/.../B00J4Z5B24?tag=thrif06-20
You can also make your own.
www.wikihow.com/Make-Enzyme-Cleaner

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August 21, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks to everyone for all the sage advice. They are bringing "Dillon" over to me tomorrow. She bought some Nature's Miracle in a spray bottle to give me. Someone here mentioned that product too. I think it will just take time and patience for him to know he is the only dog here with no competition. Since I am retired, I have all the time in the world to help him settle down here and realize this is his furever home. Again, thanks to all!

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August 22, 20180 found this helpful

I love happy endings..
So glad you have both found companions to spend your time with.
Animals can be great buddies!

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August 23, 20180 found this helpful

Update: Dillon came over yesterday and we are settling in. He did not pee anywhere this second (and I hope final trip) to my home. He is crate trained, so I put him in his crate for the night. This morning he was so glad to see me! I am thinking Dillon will be my new forever furbaby. He won't replace my 12 yr old G.S., Merlin. He will begin a new adventure for us both. Again, thanks to all for reaching out to me.

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