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Not very welcoming!

First, a big thank you to those who responded to my dead grass issue. I guess male dogs DO kill grass too...who knew! LOL

Now I need some suggestions about another MoJo issue. It seems that when we have overnight guests, MoJo likes to welcome them by....peeing on their pillow, sometimes right in front of them. Any ideas on how to protect my future pillows and guests?

Thanks in advance! Shannon
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If you figure that one out, call me quick. Seriously though, a long time breeder told me that if you ever catch them in the act of doing something like that feel free to give them an alpha roll and growl "no." Not to the point of scaring them, just to startle and pretend you're the alpha dog or mommy. In no uncertain terms he needs to know that this "pack" doesn't accept that behavior. I know they seem small and so sweet, but they are dogs and do have to be trained. I hope this doesn't sound unduly sharp or harsh, but you really need to stop any marking behavior like this asap.


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I would try and keep them outside for a while so he gets to eliminate as much as possible and hopfully running on empty .. by the time he comes in the house
As to your pillows maybe you have to do what with do with our children put things we really cherish away for the time being .. also try and keep them confined to an area that you feel is OK for them to play in ..
I try and keep the dogs in the kitchen with a door open to the yard for then to go out and do their business .. The kitchen is gated and they can play in there.. if I am not sure I will crate them in their crates so they know it is time to nap .. not rough house.
Marking is all about their territority and claiming .. They are not doing it to annoy you .. it is an intuitive behavior ..
as to the alpha roll - there are a lot of mixed feelings coming out about that as a correction

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Thanks for the suggestions...now I just have to catch him in the act or get water-proof pillows!
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LMAO!!!!! I'm so sorry, please forgive me. ha-ha-hah I have no suggestions, but I need a tissue because my eyes are watering from laughing so hard. To picture the look on your guest faces as he is owning their pillows is priceless, "Just encase you get any ideas, this is my pillow and dont forget it!". Ahhhhh,....... "UMMM, your dog just pissed on my pillow.......?" I hope you find an answer.
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Shannon, how to ask this delacately??? are these overnight guests invading his space or YOURS? could mojo think someone is replacing him? It sounds like a territorial thing and that he is pissed...no pun intended. Being Alpha is really the only sollution and I might suggest a crate at bed time.




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I agree that the alpha roll is very controversial. I think you can do a modified version with a dog that is super dominant and it's the only way you will get through. I'd use it after trying the easier methods like a spray bottle, a startling "no" or "ack". I did have one big rescue dog who loved to terrorize me, so finally I had to put him on his back and just hold him down until he settled. He'd scream and wiggle, but I just put my full body weight into him. Once neutered and past that "adolescence" stage, he became my big lover boy and was so mellow. Being part Bassett Hound helped calm him down as well.


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Shannon, how to ask this delacately??? are these overnight guests invading his space or YOURS? could mojo think someone is replacing him? It sounds like a territorial thing and that he is pissed...no pun intended. Being Alpha is really the only sollution and I might suggest a crate at bed time.
Ha Ha, you are so naughty! The guests aren't taking up his spot in my bed, just taking time away from MoJo I think. It makes for interesting conversation anyways!!
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LMAO!!!!! I'm so sorry, please forgive me. ha-ha-hah I have no suggestions, but I need a tissue because my eyes are watering from laughing so hard. To picture the look on your guest faces as he is owning their pillows is priceless, "Just encase you get any ideas, this is my pillow and dont forget it!". Ahhhhh,....... "UMMM, your dog just pissed on my pillow.......?" I hope you find an answer.
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It is kind of funny isn't it! It could get a little nasty when father in-law comes next week. He doesn't have a great sense of humor! I will just have to stock up on pillows and wine!
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I have heard others talk about those belly bands for male dogs. Is that something that might work?
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