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Old 06-17-2013, 01:20 PM
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This post will be a tad long but please bare with me. My sweet baby Javier (Javi for short) is 9 mos. old as of yesterday & we got him when he was 12 weeks. We started crate & pee pad training the day he came home. At first it was a bit of a struggle but we persevered & he would use the pad 98% of the time. Then, suddenly he started using the floor in his room/my office. He has an x-pen that has his crate/bed, pee pad, food area & toys so he doesn't have free reign of any part of my house & someone is always watching him when he's out. But, he's like the "Speedy Gonzales" of peeing, blink & he's left a puddle so we have gone back to basics, which means he doesn't get as much time out to play.

However, a couple of months ago I noticed he started lifting his leg to mark (he still squats to pee). Luckily, he had only done it once inside & he tried to mark a package of his pee pads. Outside he lifts his leg on every blade of grass that's slightly taller than him, which is fine since we don't leave our yard.

Unfortunately, in the last week or two, he has marked in the house a couple of times BUT...he wasn't marking furniture, walls, etc. He marked my husband!!! Both times my hubby was laying on the floor playing with Javi while we were watching tv when Javi lifted his leg & whizzed right in the middle of the front of his shirt. Now, Javier is just over 3 lbs. & he doesn't lift his leg very high so it's not really noticeable unless you're standing behind or in front of him when he does it. Even though I laugh & tell my husband that Javier is just making sure everyone knows who he belongs to, this is something I really don't know how to correct. He has yet to be neutered because he's so little & when I use a belly band, it changes his personality & he just lays around. The hubby nixed my idea of spraying No-Go on his shirts (I thought it sounded like a good idea. haha) so now, here I am looking for any thoughts or ideas any of you great people might have to share.


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Old 06-17-2013, 09:58 PM
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He definitely needs to gets neutered asap, this will either completely eliminate
marking or greatly reduce it. Yes neutered dogs can still mark, but in general do
not do it nearly as often as intact ones. Also I'd recommend walking him a few
times per day, this will help with his potty training, and he could get the crucial
mental & physical stimulation he needs(since marking is not always territorial but
could be due to anxiety), also so he could get a chance to mark all he wants
outside instead of in your home. Of course a vet visit is recommended when a
dog is marking A LOT in home, to rule out possible medical issues. And make sure
to clean your home, everywhere he marked very well with a product such as
"Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover", it works wonders on removing the
scent, to help ensure that your pup doesn't return to the spot.

Set him up to succeed and he will. Best of luck!
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I agree with LS; the neutering will help for sure. If you've already got belly bands on hand, go ahead and use them. Sure he might sulk for a little while while it's on; but he'll learn pretty quick that he needs to earn his freedom. Any time you catch him marking; take him outside to let him finish; and when he's back inside, put the belly band on. It's normal for dogs who aren't used to it to lay around and not want to do much; but just like when training a young pup to wear a collar, leash or harness; they will get used to it over time. =) I keep belly bands on hand for any male fosters that come in my house; right now my future-brother-in-law's dog is at our house while he was gone last week for a video game conference out of state. He's the ultimate marker; and I gave him the chance but when he decided to tinkle on my refrigerator that was all it took. He doesn't like the band either and will try to shimmy his way out of it; but I'd rather have a grumpy pup for a while then have to go around my house with a blacklight to make sure I got all the accidents I didn't catch, LOL. As LS said, make sure he gets plenty of physical stimulation before you put it on him and he's in the house; long walk/run or some intense play. This way if he's already tired when he comes back in the house; he won't mind the band anyway since he'll just want to nap! =) Best wishes!
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First, let me apologize for taking sooo long to respond. I have been struggling with my asthma alot lately because of the humidity & dealing with horrible back & leg pain, thanks to spinal nerve damage.

Anyway, thanks for the help & offering some ideas. We do take Javier (Javi) outside 2-3 times a day for 30-60 minutes each time. Plus, we have 2 cats & he likes to run circles around one of them taunting the cat until he chases him so he gets lots of exercise inside & out.

I also use Nature's Miracle & a few other enzymatic cleaners for any accidents/marks he might leave. Plus, I have a carpet cleaner that I use to shampoo the carpet every 2-3 weeks. He has only marked in my house twice & that was a couple of months ago & 2 different rooms. Marking the front of my husband's shirt while he's wearing it, has now happened 2 times & it was 2 different shirts. Other than that, he marks outside everytime we go out & he'll mark the same spot 3 times. I guess he's trying to make a point...I just don't know how to prevent him from lifting his leg on my husband since I can't exactly douse him with Nature's Miracle.

Where Javier having potty accidents is concerned, it's almost like he does it purposely to see how far he can push the boundaries. I say this because he'll be doing fine, then suddenly, he'll potty on the floor if you blink. But then, once he has lost some of his freedom for a day or 2, he goes right back to using his potty pads like he's suppose to do.

Again, thank you for the help & for providing ideas.

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I don't have the solution, just sympathy. We've had our little guy for 2months now (he's 18 months) and haven't solved all the potty problems. I did resort to the belly band since he hates, hates to get his belly wet. It worked as hoped and he has not wet with it on since the first time. I made him some "onesies" that are more comfortable. He actually likes some of them. We now call them 'reliability shirts' since he's so tiny and his urine has little odor, we really didn't know if he was going in the house until we found evidence days or weeks later. He has got the pee idea, but still leave stools when out of sight. Good luck with your little one.
I'm having trouble getting him to pee in the spot in our yard where I want him to. He only wants to go where another dog has gone. Yes, I've had other dogs come in the yard just to pee. It works until in rains and lessens the scent. Advice anyone?
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