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Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

I just got a 2 year old alpha male dog and I can't stop him from lifting his leg on everything. It's even worse now that my daughter lives with me, and she has a male dog. What can I do to stop this?

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By Barbara from El Cajon, CA

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October 26, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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Crate training.

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October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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April 6, 20090 found this helpful
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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. :)

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

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:

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

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!

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December 13, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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March 29, 20110 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to stop a male dog from lifting his leg and claiming territory. I am having a big problem with this. Any helpful hints will be great.

By Sharon from East Hampton, NY

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Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

Pet stores sell incontinent diapers for dogs as well as buying them on the internet. You might be able to find them on sale. Or you can take a towel that will wrap around the dog's body, and fold it a few times and pin together. Change it frequently during the day. (01/07/2011)

By Lorelei

Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

It's possible that I'm missing something here, I've been wrong before :-), (It's a joke! I'm trying to be light hearted, here!) None the less, I've never heard of dogs marking territory and incontinence as the same thing.

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I'm just not getting "Lorelei's" suggestion of diapering a dog that marks territory, they are two completely different behavioral/health issues, each requiring a different solution. Of course an older dog may be dealing with incontinence, but marking territory is not limited to older dogs: They will start doing so, indoors, in those puppy days, if not trained otherwise. If they start developing the habit in adulthood, something else is going on and a vet consult is needed.

I'd like to add my two cents worth here if I could understand the context, but diapering a dog for "marking" seems unnatural and down right icky. Wouldn't pet and person both be happier if the dog was trained to only "mark" outside if incontinence were not an issue? Seriously, even neutered dogs still "mark" but the well trained dogs only do it outdoors. Again, what am I missing in this conversation?

I'm seriously not trying to stir up anything, but I really don't get it. Additional information would be helpful as I would like to understand. Thanks in advance for any positive input.

(01/08/2011)

By KansasCindy

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January 7, 20110 found this helpful

Can someone help? My male Yorkie is marking his territory all over the house. How can I break the habit?

By Sharon from East Hampton, NY

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Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

We recently rescued a dog that is doing this. I bought a product at Petsmart that leaves a scent on the area marked that is supposed to be a deterrent. I also bought something called a Bellyband. It is a a cover up for the business end of a male dog. So far this has worked the best. (07/28/2010)

By Merlene

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

Our 4 1/2 month old German Short Haired Pointer/Terrier mix, Elmo, at 4 months, was basically housebroken. Then another dog came into the house (we are dog watching for the next few weeks) and suddenly Elmo is peeing everywhere, in very deliberate spots, like on the couch when we are sitting with him, or right between us and the other dog. There are definite issues of territoriality and ownership going on, but I'm not sure what to do about it? Any advice?

By Simpatico from NYC

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Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

Yes, it will help; male dogs in particular need to be neutered before maturing if you are not going to breed them, because that's what they feel the need to do, that is mature dog behavior to them. Now after neutering them, you may still have some of that problem, in which case it's more a matter of retraining them.

First, wash the walls or wherever, then wipe down with bleach water or vinegar water, if necessary spray with enzyme type deodorant wherever they've sprayed. There may be other great ideas; that's just all I've got. But they are doing it precisely because they aren't neutered. (05/24/2009)

By PIKKA

Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

It's too late for the neutering to stop the marking, because they've already learned to hike their legs. Neutering needs to be done while the dogs are puppies, when they still crouch. You will have to get rid of the urine scent, keeping in mind that dogs have awesome noses, and it is difficult. (05/25/2009)

By Wendopolis

Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory

It will definitely help, my 8 month old puppy was hiking his leg to mark and humping every stuffed animal in sight as well. I was worried it was too late, but got him neutered anyway as they said at the vet's it would help, and it cut both problems out completely. Was well worth it. Good luck. (05/29/2009)

By minnabird

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

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

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Dog Peeing Problem

I would have him checked out at the vet and tell the vet he is peeing when he does not mean to.

I wonder if he knows when he is doing the pee thing, it sounds like it just falls out of him and he doesn't notice it. The vet might be able to tell you more after an examination of the dog. Please give the dog a gentle pet for me.

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)

By Robyn

Dog Peeing Problem

Congrats on your purchase of your German Shorthair. I had one as a teenager and loved it. Chocolate brown and 4 white paws, with a white star on it's forehead. Your problem seems to be with a pup with an excitable bladder. Lucky you are that puppy doesn't flip over on his back before presenting "ole faithful" as my neighbor's dog did for all his life. They loved him too much to get rid of him.

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)

By Prospecial

Dog Peeing Problem

I believe if it were intentional he would be hiking his leg on certain objects, not just letting it go. My little dog, who is also 8 months, will pee (more like dribble) in spurts when he is very excited, but he also intentionally pees (or did til we got him fixed) on any article of clothing found laying in the floor such as in my daughter's disaster of a room. When he did that though he hiked his leg to do so.

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.

Minnabird (05/15/2009)

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