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Ed and Annie Kurek

Levi (blue merle, male, 10 y.o.), Holly (black tri, female, 6 y.o.) during wildflower festival in Sabinal, Texas. I must admit, it took at least 20 pics to have both dogs within the same frame—and a few treats too!

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Territory Marking Problems

Boys will be boys, as the saying goes. But you can’t put up with having a dog running around the house marking everything as his own by peeing on it. It’s easy to get this confused with a housetraining regression, because this problem first starts to appear during the dog’s adolescence as well. The difference here is that he will only spray a small amount of urine on an object. He won’t relieve himself completely. In this case, bladder control isn’t the problem. He’s simply marking his boundaries with his scent to let any other dogs around know this is his turf.

The easiest and quickest way to solve this problem? Get your dog neutered. Unless your dog is from prime breeding stock, there’s no really good reason to leave his reproductive parts intact. All masculinity issues aside, there are way more dogs in the world than there are loving homes to take them as it is. And raising a litter of puppies can be an absolute nightmare – if you think it’s a cute or profitable idea, think again. You’d make a better hourly rate working at McDonald’s, that’s how much work is involved.

Unless you have a good reason not to, have your dog neutered when he turns six months old. It can take up to six months for his hormones to completely change, so you may still see marking behavior for a while, but this will eventually fix the problem. Neutering also helps eliminate the risk of various cancers, so it means your dog will probably live longer.

  1. Get a repellent from the vet to spray on areas your dog typically marks. This will help keep him away.

  2. Remove the odor from your floor. Dogs tend to urinate in places they’ve already urinated before, and they know where they’ve peed by the smell. Again, you’ll need to get an odor remover from the vet and spray it in all the places where the dog has peed.

  3. The last option is a doggy diaper. This is basically a bit of elastic with some padding that the dog wears like underwear. Keep using this until the marking inside problem goes away.

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"Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage."

~ Agnes Repplier




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