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  • Doggy advise needed from specialists please

    Bought 2 pedigree pups - One a year old (Male) and a 2 year old (Female). Now the male started lifting his leg against everything in the house even if the doors are standing open................. and NO the female is not in heat.
    Anyone know of a remedy i can use to stop him...... and i don't mean something like a washing peg... I mean something i can make and spray around the areas he is using as targets.:p
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    Doggie Advise

    Hi there, normally the male starts lifting his leg at the age of 6 months especially if not fixed, it could also be a behavioural problem due to the fact that there is more than 1 dog in the house, the male tends to mark his territory to show he is the dominant one, you are welcome to PM me as i am studying Animal Behaviour and would be glad to help, here are some of the reasons, if you need more PM me, Mari'
    Don't confuse urine marking with wanting to pee!
    If you find large puddles of urine on the floor it is more likely that the dog had to pee and couldn't or didn't want to go out. With urine marking the dog deposits a smaller amount of urine. Marking in the house is usually done to an upright surface such as a doorway, table leg or piece of furniture. Dogs often mark on objects. Quite often the object is something new or different with unfamiliar smells that has come into the house.
    Why do dogs lift their leg and mark territory with urine?
    Dog urine marking is not a toilet training issue but rather an issue concerning a whole range of instinctive behaviors. Your dog may be fully housetrained and would not dream of peeing in the house but to a dog lifting his leg to scent mark is not the same as wanting to have a pee. We as humans tend to think of dog urine as something unpleasant but to a dog it is something of great interest. A dog leaves it's scent in urine to tell other dogs a message. This message could be about whose territory it is, about the dog's social order or advertising mating availability. Dogs use urine marking to show their dominance or to claim something as belonging to them. Dogs with feelings of insecurity or who have separation anxiety may also mark, as territory marking builds the dog's confidence.
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    • #3
      I used to call it "reading the newspapers" when we took the doggies for walks :D (and they wanted to sniff everywhere)
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      • #4
        Yes, but it is not funny if my Great Dane "marks" my newly planted roses..... :(
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Linkaec View Post
          Yes, but it is not funny if my Great Dane "marks" my newly planted roses..... :(
          He'd better be careful that he lifts his leg high enough and doesn't endanger the family jewels! lol
          But if a dog is not neutered he will try to "dominate his territory" by urine marking - he doesn't know he shouldn't do it and it's very difficult to get him stopped. Vets do sell spray on products which smell highly citrusy (not bad but also not that great!) but I don't think they are very effective unless you spray them on at least once a day. My two cents worth ... Good luck to those who are having to deal with this problem.
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          • #6
            I understand the marking but the male leave puddles, and even using my bed as a post. Now the female also started. I walk out with them and then they come in and do it in the house. They are worse than skippers.... they skip the grass and hop onto the carpet. i am at the point where i want to put them out of the house permanently. Cant understand what they are scared of, because when i walk with them, they act like tarzan and jane in the jungle?
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            • #7
              My Great Dane was "fixed" at 6 months but still does his marking. Not in the house though........ only once or twice just after we moved here. The urine burns the new leaves if it is left in the sun. Most of my rose bushes now have a burnt side and a lovely green side.

              With a Great Dane being so big...... his "jewels" are quite safe but he covers quite a big area. I want to have a new outside power point installed at the braai area but we have to install it high enough against the wall because he will mark that too. Don't want him to get shocked.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Linkaec View Post
                My Great Dane was "fixed" at 6 months but still does his marking. Not in the house though........ only once or twice just after we moved here. The urine burns the new leaves if it is left in the sun. Most of my rose bushes now have a burnt side and a lovely green side.

                With a Great Dane being so big...... his "jewels" are quite safe but he covers quite a big area. I want to have a new outside power point installed at the braai area but we have to install it high enough against the wall because he will mark that too. Don't want him to get shocked.

                :p:D
                He sounds quite shocking already!! He's obviously still got very high hormone levels, even though he's neutered. Speak to the vet - sometimes they can give you pills to sort the problem out. I know it can be done with females, especially.
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