Dogs mark in the house because they are exerting their dominance or showing possession. Some dogs will mark on any object that doesn’t already have their scent. For example, they will start marking plastic bags, new furniture, and even peeing on other people’s belongings when you have visitors.
Why Do Dogs Mark Territory in the First Place?
Dogs do this because they feel insecure and to feel more comfortable, they leave their scent. Some dogs will never mark in their own house but will mark in other people’s house just to feel more secure about their surroundings. Dogs also mark outside, similar to leaving a calling card for other dogs to find.
Dogs will also leave their scent when they feel threatened. They may feel threatened because there may be a new baby in the house or a new pet. With a new baby, they get less attention, and their schedule changes a bit, making them feel anxious.
Many dogs that have separation anxiety or don’t have confidence are the dogs most likely to mark their territory. Many female dogs about to go into heat will also begin marking to let other dogs know she is on heat. The marking habit is more prevalent when it comes to male dogs, but is just as likely to happen to female alpha dogs.
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How to Stop a Dog From Marking
To prevent your dog from marking inside the house, it’s going to take a lot of practice and consistency on your part. If you are consistent and diligent in your training for at least 2 weeks straight, you will save yourself a lifetime of grievance.
You are going to have to watch your every dog’s movement. If you see your pet sniffing or about to lift a leg, shake a bottle filled with marbles or coins to get his attention. When you have his attention, tell your dog “no pee.” Do this every time you see your dog about to mark.
It may be tedious and annoying at first, but ask yourself, how much do you really want to break this habit? Whatever you do, avoid scolding, yelling or ranting at your dog. The last thing you want to do is make your insecure dog feel worse about himself.
When your dog does pee in an appropriate place, make sure you praise and praise like it’s going out of style. This will build your dog’s confidence and help him associate any form of urinating is only acceptable outside.
Crating Your Dog to Prevent Accidental Pet Peeing and Pooping
If you’re not at home, the best thing you can do to prevent dog marking is crating your dog. By putting your dog in a large comfortable crate, he will not soil his sleeping area. Dogs can not stand soiling the area they rest in. Plus, since dogs are den animals, the kennel can provide a place of security while you’re out of the house.
These are some things you can do to stop the annoying habit of dog marking.