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Hi! Bohdi is, and has been, house-trained for a long time but is suddenly, at 6 months old (almost 7) peeing all over my house! Is this marking or some kind of adolescent regression? What can I do about it? I love this dog but this is driving me crazy!
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First thing I'd do would be to get him in to a vet appointment to rule out a UTI, which would be the first, most likely explanation for this sudden sudden change.
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Really? That had not even crossed my mind! Thank you!
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Also, marking is more likely to be on vertical surfaces...


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This is what he does. All vertical surfaces.....beds, chairs, the leaf of my banana tree my foam roller, the toilet, etc. I should have been more specific. In fact, he just lifted his leg on my barstool, right in front of me. I wanted to wait until he was older to have him neutered but I've been so frustrated, I made an appointment for 2 weeks from now. Has anyone had any luck keeping their dog from marking inside?
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This is what he does. All vertical surfaces.....beds, chairs, the leaf of my banana tree my foam roller, the toilet, etc. I should have been more specific. In fact, he just lifted his leg on my barstool, right in front of me. I wanted to wait until he was older to have him neutered but I've been so frustrated, I made an appointment for 2 weeks from now. Has anyone had any luck keeping their dog from marking inside?
I don't know if they actually help/ work or not (I bought some but haven't had to use them with Perry), but you could try a belly band (with or without the pad in them).

https://smile.amazon.com/Belly-Washa...dog+belly+band
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This is what he does. All vertical surfaces.....beds, chairs, the leaf of my banana tree my foam roller, the toilet, etc. I should have been more specific. In fact, he just lifted his leg on my barstool, right in front of me. I wanted to wait until he was older to have him neutered but I've been so frustrated, I made an appointment for 2 weeks from now. Has anyone had any luck keeping their dog from marking inside?
You can CERTAINLY teach a dog not to mark inside the house. But it requires that close supervision/confinement thing again, as it is a completely different behavior from "potty training". It SEEMS the same to us, because it's all "just urine"... but a young dog doesn't understand that they are both the same thing. ...And whether he is getting neutered soon or not, you need to nip this behavior in the bud, as neutered males (and females, too!) can ALL mark.

If he were mine, he would be in an ex-pen, or tethered to me at all times until he learns this is not acceptable household behavior. It's DEFINITELY possible to train this... Most people in Europe do not neuter their male dogs at all, and believe me, the dogs are NOT allowed to mark inside the house!
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I don't know if they actually help/ work or not (I bought some but haven't had to use them with Perry), but you could try a belly band (with or without the pad in them).

https://smile.amazon.com/Belly-Washa...dog+belly+band
Belly bands keep pee from getting places you don't want it, but they do NOTHING to train the dog not to mark.
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Do all dogs mark? Do all male dogs lift their legs? At 11 mos. I haven't seen Loki lift his leg. Apparently, the dog walker saw him lift his leg once - she left a note that said "He's a man". He also hasn't marked anything in the house that I am aware of and he is locked in 2 rooms so I would know. He will quickly squat occasionally on a walk.


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Do all dogs mark? Do all male dogs lift their legs? At 11 mos. I haven't seen Loki lift his leg. Apparently, the dog walker saw him lift his leg once - she left a note that said "He's a man". He also hasn't marked anything in the house that I am aware of and he is locked in 2 rooms so I would know. He will quickly squat occasionally on a walk.
No, not all dogs mark, though most do in the right circumstances. Kodi was two years old before I saw him mark for the first time... He still rarely marks, only in areas that many other dogs have marked, like at a training facility or trial site. He has ONCE marked in a house... We went to visit a friend who had a bitch who was JUST coming out of heat. She also has a stud dog, and the two had been bred several times during that period. Kodi trotted in, said "hi" to his dog friends, went STRAIGHT to a drape against a big floor-to-ceiling window, and lifted his leg!!! I SUSPECT that the resident stud dog had marked their previously, but I don't know for sure. Both Dave and I JUMPED to stop him and tell him off, and HURRIED him outside. I am pretty sure he got the message, because he has never tried it again... even in that same house!

Both my girls will "over mark" where another dog has peed outside. This can actually be useful when I need them to pee in a hurry... (like at a trial) I lead them to a place where I know another dog has peed recently, and... voila! Obviously, that could be a problem if you have dogs that pee in the house. so over-mark each other, but mine are well trained and we don't have "pee accidents" in the house that could encourage the others. This is another REALLY good reason to keep second (and third...) puppies CONFINED to easy to clean places during potty training. You CERTAINLY don't want the older ones back-sliding!
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