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Old 03-01-2012, 09:25 PM
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Pretty much potty trained dog is marking all over house

Panda was pretty much potty trained when we got him and was doing much of his business outside with very little mess inside.

In the past few days he's been lifting his leg & peeing all over everything - mostly under my kitchen table and against a gaming chair.

If I catch him I'll distract him and them put him outside but sometimes he comes FROM outside & goes up to something and lifts his leg.

Hatchi was 9 months and he never lifted his leg. Panda's not even 6 months and he's lifting his leg - however when he pees outside he still squats. Sometimes we don't find the spots right away either.

I still can't bring him on walks outside cuz he gets his last set of shots next week.

Is he rebelling against us for some reason? Nothing's really changed in his routine. How do I stop it? Is he being dominating?
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:45 AM
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You say that you have a routine, does this routine include leaving him alone at times. If so, then his peeing indoors is can be a sign of separation anxiety. Examine him closely and see if he also chews more or scratches anything. If so, then clearly, he has a problem with being alone, indoors.
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I guess by routine I mean a sort of regular routine – which varies slightly each day. Most days my son comes home for lunch most days. Some days my husband comes home earlier, some days later and then he’s let out whenever someone gets home. I’ve had to keep him on a leash inside because of this (which he hates & might not be helping the problem) but sometimes he manages to lift his leg anyways.

He’s not obsessed with anyone in particular and will hang with anyone – but he does need to be near someone. I don’t think it’s separation anxiety (I know what that was with Hatchi) but he is with someone or there is someone around when he lifts his leg.
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This has nothing to do with being dominant or having separation anxiety.
He's not fully potty trained, and that is the issue. I suggest you get him a belly band which will stop the reinforcement from the marking as he won't be able to lay down his scent, as well as keeping your floors and furniture pee-free, and keep a closer eye on him.
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This has nothing to do with being dominant or having separation anxiety.
He's not fully potty trained, and that is the issue. I suggest you get him a belly band which will stop the reinforcement from the marking as he won't be able to lay down his scent, as well as keeping your floors and furniture pee-free, and keep a closer eye on him.
What's a belly band and what does it do? What's the difference between marking & peeing?
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Yes, what Cali said. This is really an extension of a house training issue.

This puppy is not ready for the degree of freedom you are giving him. Every accident/marking event is patterning him to pee in the house. You need to do a better job PREVENTING these events, and a better job REWARDING his outside pottying.

Remember, its minus 5 points for every accident, plus 1 point for every rewarded outside success. You need to get about 300 points before you can start giving him more freedom.

If you have an accident every day, and only 5 successes, you are not making progress. If you are having 2 or 3 accidents a day, and only a handful of outside rewarded successes, you are actually going backwards... getting in debt, as it were... sort of like spending too much on your credit card.
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What's a belly band and what does it do? What's the difference between marking & peeing?
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Marking and peeing are very similar. The dog thinks the house is a toilet in both cases. You treat the marking as a house training issue, because that is basically what it is.

Male dogs just tend to distribute their pee in little bits, rather than empty their bladders all at once like a female. They also use their peeing to spread their scent around... like a double duty: pee and leave scent.

Your first pup was very submissive and did not lift his leg. Now you have a more normal male dog who is peeing like a normal male dog, that is by lifting his leg. This does not mean he has a "dominance issue." It just means he is a normal dog.
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You might make faster progress if you use a clicker for house training. I think you are familiar with that, yes?

Watch this. She covers absolutely everything.

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I tried distracting him when I catch him starting to lift his leg – sometimes it’s enough to get him to stop, but do I then scoot him outside? Cuz hubby put him outside and he saw him squat to pee, then he came inside & immediately lifted his leg to mark my dishwasher (right in the gap between the machine & my cupboard too!). I wrapped a tea towel around his belly & privates until I get a belly band and at least I can save my furniture if I don't see him lifting. It works for the short term.

He’s been confined to the house & backyard since we got him about a month ago cuz he needed his shots and he’s getting fixed as soon as he can – so that may or may not help – but I think he’s also going stir-crazy – so are we. This little guy needs to go on a very long walk ASAP!
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You need to go out with him and reward him when he pees.
It won't do any good to just put him out the door and hope he learns what to do.
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