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Old 09-15-2012, 05:21 PM
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Here's an interesting problem - suggestions invited. At home, Simcha (1 year, 9 months neutered male) is the absolute model of potty etiquette. He only eliminates while being walked outdoors. The other day,we took him to visit the home of my brother-in-law for a couple of hours. We gave him the chance to mark the front lawn before going indoors. He raised his leg in a symbolic marking gesture, but did not produce any liquid. We then brought him into the house. Somewhere, probably quite early on in the visit, while in the bedroom and out of our sight, he left his mark. The rest of the visit he was quite well behaved and the wet spot was only discovered when we were about to leave.

We will, in a couple of weeks, be visiting the home of son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren and staying for a couple of days. They had an old dog which they had to put down a few months ago, so his scent will be all around that house. Any thoughts as to how to reduce the possibility of another accident?
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My Sheltie used to do it as well when he was young,maybe take him for a walk as you arrive so he can lift his leg a few times and empty his bladder ,good luck i was a nervous wreck while visiting with him,
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Belly band!!! Male adult dogs mark, it's just what they do. Be prepared. If you don't want to use the belly band, leash him to you.
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What did you do when you found the wet spot? Did you show it to Simcha? What was his reaction? Are you positive that it was him who urinated in there? NO other pets could have done it?

I would put him in a belly band from now on when you visit other homes if you are sure that he was the one who did it.
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What did you do when you found the wet spot? Did you show it to Simcha? What was his reaction? Are you positive that it was him who urinated in there? NO other pets could have done it?

I would put him in a belly band from now on when you visit other homes if you are sure that he was the one who did it.
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No doubt regarding the guilty party. Since we found the wet spot an hour or more after it was created, there appeared to be no value in showing it to Simcha. Allow me to confess my ignorance regarding what a belly band is. Tell me more. By the way, is it of any value to a 74 year old guy with an enlarged prostate??
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LOL! No, I don't think they make belly bands for people but that is a hilarious comment.

If he were mine, I would have taken him into the room and showed him the wet spot and said "SHAME on you." He would then know what he did was wrong. It would give him the opportunity to correct instead of ignoring the problem. Some people say that if you don't catch them in the act, it doesn't do any good to show them their mistake later. But our dogs are smart. They know.

Anyway, to prevent that happening in the future and to be 100% confident that he won't go in someone else's house, you get a belly band. They are a piece of fabric made to go around the dogs middle and if the dog lifts a leg, they wet themselves. Protects the furniture. Also serves as a reminder to naughty males.

You can order online. Not sure the best place to get them, so will leave that to others. But here's what they look like ....

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Yes I agree, we have a belly band for Max for when we visit other peoples houses, he rarely needs it but it means we don't have to worry about him marking the whole time we are there
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