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I don't yet have my pup and I did not specify to the breeder whether I preferred a male or female as overall, temperament is the most important thing to me. However, I do a lot of walking and plan to take my dog on my walks as much as he/she is able to and likes. My only concern with a male is all the stopping he would do to mark. I see some people walking their male dogs and it's constant! Can a male dog be trained to not stop to mark all the time? Is it fair to try to keep them from doing that? Some is ok, of course, but then how could your dog know you don't want him stopping at every tree, but just "occasionally"? What has your experience been with marking? Thank you!
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Marking is natural and functional , I'd let him mark to his hearts content. Many females can mark frequently.

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Marking is natural and functional , I'd let him mark to his hearts content. Many females can mark frequently.
Thanks for your feedback. I thought it would be a little unfair to not let them do what their instincts are telling them to do. I did not know that females mark! Interesting...
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Willow marks constantly - a little squirt here, a little squirt there, here a squirt, there a squirt, everywhere a squirt, squirt. You get the idea and she's a girl!
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I do both kind of walking with Loki. On our 20 minute walks before and after work, I let him sniff and mark to heart's content, because those walks are really about him. If we are going on a longer walk or hike, I will let him go potty, sniff and mark for about 10 minutes at the beginning and then ask him walk without stopping. We have taken several nice leash walking classes - I don't make him walk in a formal heal but he does stay close with no pulling. Instead of heal, I use "walk with mama" and then tell him ok when he can go smell, etc. I let him sniff and mark again at the end of the walk. I have worked up to about 3 miles with him. You will want to start with only very short walks until his growth plates close, and then work up to longer walks. Dogs like to please so he will keep walking with you even if he is tire.

BTW, I think males are more affectionate and females more independent.
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Do intact males mark more than neutered males or does it not make a difference (just curious)?
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Willow marks constantly - a little squirt here, a little squirt there, here a squirt, there a squirt, everywhere a squirt, squirt. You get the idea and she's a girl!
Guffaw! Thatís very funny (and cute)! Thank you for filling me in
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I do both kind of walking with Loki. On our 20 minute walks before and after work, I let him sniff and mark to heart's content, because those walks are really about him. If we are going on a longer walk or hike, I will let him go potty, sniff and mark for about 10 minutes at the beginning and then ask him walk without stopping. We have taken several nice leash walking classes - I don't make him walk in a formal heal but he does stay close with no pulling. Instead of heal, I use "walk with mama" and then tell him ok when he can go smell, etc. I let him sniff and mark again at the end of the walk. I have worked up to about 3 miles with him. You will want to start with only very short walks until his growth plates close, and then work up to longer walks. Dogs like to please so he will keep walking with you even if he is tire.

BTW, I think males are more affectionate and females more independent.
That sounds like a very good approach. Iím taking notesóthank you! I have heard that about males often being more affectionate.
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BTW, I think males are more affectionate and females more independent.
I've heard said that females love you but males are in love with you.



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Tux was neutered at 6 months. He does not mark. He pees one long pee and then we walk. He sniffs the usual Doggy Facebook contributions in the neighborhood, but has no inclination to mark.......thank heaven.....knock on wood.
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