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Old 10-23-2014, 04:06 PM
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Unhappy Trouble with my son......milo

I'm having trouble with my jack Russell. I've never had any problems with him in the 3 years I've had him. I moved in with my partner 6 months ago and milo came too and settled in brilliant he was so happy and as usual we'll behaved. About 6 weeks ago my partners cat moved in with us. At first all was well they seemed to tolerate each other and it was as if milo really loved her, we got a felliway plug in to ensure she wasn't stressed. They are together in the day and when were in but at night milo is in the boys room and has his own sofa with pillows he has always had and sleeps in the window as he likes. Jemima sleeps in the snug/kitchen. In the last few weeks milo has started weeing every night/morning up the TV stand or the pool table. I let him out for a wee's, Never has he ever done this. He is a very jealous dog and loves attention, he has also become more hyperactive and crazy at times. I'm guessing he is marking with his sent, has anyone got any advice as what I can do
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Any change in environment can set back potty and marking training.

After checking with your vet to rule out UTI's or something else medical, I would jyst go back to house breaking 101 and treat him like a new puppy until he gets it again.
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Thanks for your reply. He only does this at night. Just read on the internet I need to catch him in the act to deter him from doing it or separation anxiety due to the cat moving in
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No, you don't need to catch him in the act to deter him if you're intending to punish him. All that will do is cause you and Milo more problems. This is not separation anxiety either. He's reached sexual maturity and some dogs will show a change in behavior.

Do as was suggested and make sure he doesn't have a UTI by taking him to your vet. Then go back to housetraining 101 using only positive reinforcement methods. There's a lot of housetraining advice in the training and behavior stickies. Look in that section of the forum.
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Ok thank you both
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Don't forget to buy that enzymatic pee cleaner and thoroughly clean where he has peed in the house...Nature's Miracle is one product.
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Don't catch him in the act... by then you already have pee in your house! What really counts is that you catch him before the act. If you see him starting to lift in his leg in the same time/same place or in any sort of predictable pattern, I find it best to jump in there with a 'Let's go outside! Hurry, hurry!' And then take him outside for a pee.

I think these sort of quick, upbeat, energetic interventions have a real value in altering any sort of patterned behaviour because you have some sense of when the dog is going to perform the undesired behaviour. You can jump in and ask an alternate behaviour, and then make a huge fuss about it when the do the 'right thing'. If you can kind of make it memorable, and make it a big deal in their mind, it sort of sticks quickly with them that 'When I want to do X, I do Y instead.'

They may not start off with automatically going to the desired behaviour... but increasingly so, when you catch them with 'Quick milo, let's do this outside!' You will see that little 'Ohhh yeah!' and they will fall in line quickly with the rest of the routine. After some more practice they will usually get things down-pat enough to take that train of thought all by themselves, and save the pee for outside.
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One thing that I would also suggest is don't give him any water after a certain time. This prevents having to catch him during or before the act. Once a dog lifts there leg then you pretty much already have urine in your house. What @pkelley said about the cleaning product is a great idea. Get rid of the urine scent or else Milo will smell it and will be tempted to urinate there again. What helps to break the habit of urinating inside is to take them out more frequently and watch to make sure they completely empty their bladder. Even if you have to take them for a walk around the street, just make sure that Milo completely empties his bladder.

When I was housebreaking Max, I wouldn't give him water after 8 pm because I went to be at 10 pm. So, stop giving him water 2 hours before you put him up. After you pick up the water, I would try to let him go outside about 2-4 times after you pick up the water. Another thing you can try is ice cubes. Give him ice cubes before you go to sleep. The ice cubes will melt slowly so Milo won't drink too much water too quickly. The water will be drank and absorbed slowly, so he will be able to hold his bladder better until you wake up in the morning.

If it also helps the situation, you can teach him to relieve himself with a simple word or phrase. I use "go on" to encourage Max with a lot of things (to walk in a certain direction or to perform a specific task). I taught him "go on" whenever he'd go to the bathroom when he was a puppy. So now, if I'm in a hurry, I let him outside and say "go on". He gets his business done in about 3 minutes and he's good to go.

It doesn't take that long to teach them. I would teach Milo "go on" or "go potty". Every time he starts urinating outside, give him the cue.

Also, as to what other people are saying, I can understand he worry for an infection or other health problems, but it seems to me like this is more of a behavioral problem. The dogs that I've seen who have had UTIs will usually urinate on the floor rather than up against specific objects that they continue to urinate on.

Just my two cents.

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That's brilliant help thanks you guys
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