5 years, 4 months ago k9specialtiesMember
My 2.5 year old German Shepherd keeps marking the same spot inside my house and I’m not sure why. Could he just be marking his territory? I have a 2.5 year old Yellow Lab as well that I’ve had for a couple of years and the German Shepherd has been living with us for about 6 months now. Could he have a urinary tract infection? I’m hoping that someone can give me some idea of why he’s been doing this.
5 years, 4 months ago TeresaModerator
If you are able to give a bit more information , we will be able to give you a good plan for correcting this behavior.
Have you actually seen him do it? Is it a vertical surface like a wall or chair that he is marking or a rug? Does it seem to be a lot of urine or a small amount? Has he been doing this since he arrived 6 months ago? How often does it happen?
When it comes to urinating in the house it can be for a few reasons.
1) health: a urinary tract infection infection or other metabolic problem can cause dogs to have accidents. It is always good to have a clean bill of health before naming it a behavioral issue. These dogs tend to urinate frequently, or strain to urinate and may also drink a lot of water.
2)anxiety: dogs who have separation anxiety for example will sometimes urinate inside the home when the owner is away but can reliably housebroken otherwise. How is he when you leave him?
3)housebreaking: he may not be clear that inside is off limits or may be marking his territory. Was he housebroken when he arrived in your home? Do you use a crate? Is he on some type of schedule for being walked?
I am training a 6 month unneutered daschund, he is lifting his leg already and is marking in the house, how do I train that out of him. I have advised owners to neuter him asap.
First I will need some more information to be as helpful as possible:
Are we sure he is marking? or just not fully housebroken?
Dogs can lift their leg in either instance.
How often is the behavior occurring through the day or week?
Was the dog housebroken prior to this behavior starting.
Is he given access to relieve himself outside or is he wee wee pad/paper trained?
Buddy is not quite house broken which is what I am to help them with, but I had just taken him out for a walk where he relieved himself several times, he then came into the house and went straight to the leg of the coffee table lifted and squirted! His home life is not ideal and I am trying to train the owners as well. I believe that he really needs neutering but if he is developing the marking will that stop after he is neutered.
Neutering will help, but will not fix the issue.
If you haven’t already read through the self help section, trouble shoot each layer of the triangle including:
Have owners use the proper attitude and use of golden rules
Good pack structure in the home
A proper housebreaking plan
Supervised time out of crate or crated if not able to watch him.
After a few weeks of good structure in housebreaking schedule, you can use an environmental correction or “Dog God” correction for marking.
I will go over the self help section again. not sure what the “Dog God” is
It’s a correction that can be used but not made known to the dog that you were the source..for instance canned air, a remote citronella collar etc.
The purpose of this is so that the correction appears to be directly linked to the behavior and not dependant on whether or not you are present as the source of the correction. We use this type of correction for behaviors like marking or counter surfing.
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