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Old 01-28-2013, 03:11 PM
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Hello, looking for input,

Hello, my name is John. I'm 39 years old and have owned and trained a few dogs of my own. My mother and father own a 7 year old Maltese. Parents have been together forever, and a month ago they split. My mother has Jeffery,, (the dog). as of 2 weeks ago, he is now rebelling and going to the bathroom in the hallway, not number 2 only number 1. Very well trained otherwise, he is used to only my Father walking him, 2 times a day,, now he is still coming around to walk the dog , but maby 2 x a week. Jeffery runs to a corner next to mom every time dad comes home to walk him .. Jeffery does not want dad to walk him anymore, and the urinating in the hallway,,

does anyone have any suggestions?? Thank you
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Wow, thats tough, sorry to hear about your parents.

I will give my best guess/suggestion, and steal a bit from Cesar Millan. Jeffery just had his pack split up. The structure that used to be a daily thing is now seemingly random. The hallway urination might be a nervous/uncomfortable response, or if your dad always took him out, your mom may need to retrain him to go out with her. Once he sees her as the leader, the urination may stop and he may be a bit more secure/comfortable with the new situation.
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I hope it all works out.
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Thanks,, its probably long overdue for them,, but its always the kids that suffer,, lol,, after our pets are our kids. Mom used to take Jeffery out as well just not as much,, she has steel in her leg and a broken hip,, I will relay message to her, thank you.
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I am sorry to read what is going on. Some questions for you:

Has your mom taken Jeffrey to the vet to check for a UTI? Does he pee normal amounts? Small amounts? Straining to go? Normal color, normal smell?

How do your parents treat him? Do they do use punishments or corrections? When your dad approaches him to take him on walks, what is your dad's demeanor like? If he is at all frustrated, upset, etc. and approaching him directly, he could be too intimidating. Have both your parents take a look at this thread: https://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...signals-10084/

What are the family dynamics like at home now? Is it still tense, stressful, any fighting? (You don't have to answer that, but consider it.) A dog that is under a lot of stress can experience behavior changes and he could also . Extreme stress can compromise the immune system as well (so I don't think it would hurt to check for a uti, esp considering his only behavior change -that you mentioned- is urinating).

Is your mom taking any extra time/effort to make him feel comfortable and secure? ie more play time, walks, positive training sessions
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I will show this to my mother,, and go from there,, there is another thing,, as i mentioned,, he will find a hard to reach corner next to mom when dad comes to take him for walks,, Jeffery tries to avoid dad, I really don't know exactly know the demeanor of my dad at the time of walks,, But I know they both love this dog,,they are not fighting over him,, but im sure there are a few words behind the doors.
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I want to thank everyone for their help,, I think Poor Jeffery is going through a rough time and possibly depressed,,, As most dogs seem to be adaptive, I'm sure he will cope. Probably better than I................ During this post I fount that the Urinating is nothing more than a roof leak,,lol,, SO......!!! The only thing We got to worry about is Jefferys behavior towards Dad,,, this will come to change when things level out between parents,, Thank you all for the support,, I will check back soon,, for some new tips ,, my 6 month male pittbull terrier,(Coppa) is testing boundaries ,
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