Post # 1
This little asshole is the love of my life. However, he is making me lose my mind!
Within the past year, he started marking in the house. It started off in one area by the bathroom that he would consistenly mark. It was annoying, but it was easy to clean up. If I caught him, I would always yell at him (but it was really hard to catch him in the act). Lately, he has gotten completely out of control. He marks everything. The vacuum, the air purifier, the eliptical, the walls, the chairs, etc. have all been victims of his assholeness. I am at my wits end! I feel like my house always smells like pee and it is so hard to clean up after because I never know where he hit. He is fixed, and he is definitely marking as opposed to peeing. I just don’t know what to do!
I asked the vet and she said he probably suffers from anxiety issues and needs Prozac. Umm…ok?!?!
Any suggestions??? PLEASE!!!
Post # 3
If he’s peeing frequently, and usually small amounts, he may have a urinary tract infection, although from what I understand that is a bit more common in female dogs than male. Still worth checking out though. That can look a lot like marking because they do it everywhere, and just a little pee each time.
If you walk him outside, give him a treat every single time he pees outside. if you have a yard and just let him run around outside, then you might want to start walking him so you can reward him for going where he’s supposed to. It’s a lot easier to get the behavior you want through reward/positive reinforcement than through punishment.
Sometimes it helps to feed the dog in the area where he’s been marking but it sounds like that can’t be easily isolated. if everything is in one room it’s worth a try though. Dogs don’t like to soil their food area unless they’re sick and can’t let it out somewhere else.
Post # 4
We have this problem at my parent’s house. He can not be left alone at all! So while we are away we have him in the kitchen. My SO made a custom gate to block his escape. So when he uses the restroom so to speak it’s on the tile.
Nothing we do matters, he does not care and laughs at authority!
Post # 5
When you got a criminal on your hands, you throw them in jail! Peeing in our house is a major no-no, we’ve got three boys, all big and if they pee it’s Lake Eerie, plus then the other two gotta pee too, it’s a viscious cycle…the problem? I’ve got a retired racing hound that we adopted with he was five and a half, and let’s say the house was foreign to him to begin with so why no pee in it?
The way we dealt with it was, never let the dog have free reign of the house, they stay in the room we’re in, if they aren’t with us, they are in the kitchen, which is full of comfy beds and water and food and toys and bumper pool…you get the idea….walks were not something he was really into, but he loved running loose in the yard, so letting out more often than not is a good idea, limit water consumption after 7pm, and watch him to get an idea if this is a medical issue, a psychological issue, or good old fashioned butthead behavior!
A kennel might be in order to remind him how to hold it!