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ve only had one boy, and I was TERRIFIED that he'd learn to mark. So I never let him NEAR a vertical surface that another dog might have marked for past his first year. He wasn't even allowed to SNIFF them. I didn't want him to get any ideas. That seemed to work, or else he was a "late bloomer" because he didn't mark for the first time until he was past his second birthday, and we were at a trial, and a WHOLE lot of dogs had been marking, and he marked where another dog had. He never, ever lifted his leg in my house.
Since then, I HAVE had the experience of teaching an adult stud dog that he wasn't going to mark in _MY_ house. I tethered him to me, and we did it just like puppy potty training, except he had an adult brain, and he really caught on pretty fast. In less than a week of living with me, he had stopped marking in the house. (I could tell for sure because I still kept a belly band on him as "insurance", and I would have seen the evidence if he had tried) Of course, then he went home after his "wife" was out of heat, and reverted to his old ways. But I think it's exceedingly hard to keep intact males from marking in a breeding home.
I do NOT like (for convenience sake) dogs to need to stop and sniff and mark on every single thing on a walk. That's not a walk, IMO. So when we're on a walk, If we're walking, we walk. Then there are times when I tell Kodi, "go sniff", and he knows he can wander around and sniff to his heart's content, and leave "pee mail" if he wants.
When I _HAVE_ had to watch my dogs, all of them, not just Kodi, is in the homes of other people with breeding dogs. In most of these cases, I am sure that the intact dogs that live there have already marked in the places my dogs have tried to mark. I'm sure the owners have tried to clean it up too. But dogs have excellent noses. If they smell ANYTHING, they will want to leave their calling card too. So I watch them like a hawk in a situation like that, and will actually put panties on Panda.
We had a Havanese get-together here a couple of weeks ago, and I was sure Panda was going to turn herself inside out marking every BIT of the lawn in an effort to claim ALL the territory as HER back yard. Kodi didn't care. LOL!
The only time I've caught Panda marking in the house was after we had a bitch in heat visiting. She was at the end of her heat cycle, so no longer needed panties. But Panda could obviously SMELL her! Fortunately, we had gated them in the kitchen, because every place the poor other girl sat down. Panda had to go over and mark over it. Very quickly PANDA was wearing panties! The problem wit girls marking is that it's VERY quick, and there isn't all the getting into position and leg lifting that boys do. It's a quick squat, spritz and walk away, so it's really easy to miss if your eyes aren't on the dog at that moment.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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