We can all agree dogs are the best. But nothing is more frustrating that a dog that marks or pees in the house. To help with that, we have have 11 tips to help stop dog marking in the house.
However charming your furry mutt is, there is no denying that dogs are territorial animals that can lead to behaviors not compatible with home life. They like protecting their belongings, their family, and their territory.
Before we get to how to stop marking, let’s take a closer look at what marking is and the behavior behind it.
Marking is a dog’s way of communicating with other dogs his territory ownership and sexual availability. Dogs are not vindictive or spiteful creatures, so urine marking is never a sign that they are trying to “get back at you” for scolding them or something. Instead, urine marking is usually brought on by something that they see as a threat to their territory.
In the wild, the wolf of the highest ranking in a pack marks territory in order to signal other pack of wolves to stay away and that he is in charge of the area. Since the pack’s social hierarchy is clearly defined, members with lower rankings understand that it is not their job to mark territories.
However, when dogs live with a human family, their position in the pack is less clearly defined. As a result, they assume to be the pack leader and take charge in marking territories.
Other than establishing dominance and claiming that he is the pack leader, here are some other reasons for your dog marking:
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Buying new carpeting or furniture as well as smelling a guest’s jacket or clothes can trigger your dog to mark all over the place— especially if he smells the scent of another animal in them.
This occurs much more often in male dogs. However, some females also mark their territories, especially if they are “unaltered”. Even neutered or spayed dogs will sometimes mark in response to an intact animal in their house.
Walking out at the dog park and encountering other dogs on their walk, introduced to a new pet in the house or just seeing other animals through the window can cause your dog to mark their own territory.
A baby, significant other or a new roommate can trigger urine marking. Adding his scent on things is a dog’s way of saying to new people that the house is his.
In some cases, new people or objects like luggage or furniture, or a conflict with other people and animals can cause your dog to have anxiety problems and starts urine marking.
UTI or Urinary Tract Infection can cause a dog to release a small amount of urine frequently. One symptom is the excessive licking of their genitalia.
Other medical causes of house marking are diseases that cause frequent urination, incontinence because of abnormalities of the genitalia and certain medications that cause frequent urination.
If a dog has lived in a kennel or outside the house or has always marked your house, then it is likely that he has never been house trained. Dogs that are never house trained don’t care about house rules and mark anywhere they want.
Marking behavior is a learned behavior and once it starts, stopping it can be very difficult. So, it is much better to prevent your canine friend from marking in the first place, instead of correcting the behavior once it started.
Here are 11 steps on how to stop your furry friend from marking and have a stink-free house:
Just like how humans own some items with their initials on it or have their family name on doors and mailbox, dogs also have their own way of showing the world that some areas and items are theirs. Their way of claiming territories and belongings can be a little frustrating at times; however, with proper guidance and training, the annoying marking behavior can be reduced or eliminated.