My parent's border collie pees on EVERYTHING outside: cars, bushes, house, etc...how can we keep this from happening? He
Dog has been to training. They got him from a family who kept him in a crate for hours. He's good dog, but AUGH!
on Dec 23rd 2009
in Border Collie
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When he's outside always keep him on a leash and monitor where he gets to go pee.
On his walks, lead him to bushes, grass or trees and whenever he pees on them praise the heck out of him. Lots of "good potty or good boy".
If he starts to go pee on something that's not appropriate, gently pull him away and lead him to the appropriate place and again, once he goes, lots and lots of praise.
Mikey answered on 12/23/09. Helpful? / 0
He's probably claiming his territory. Dogs do that.
Wolves do that...
Dog's are territorial creatures.
Hunny answered on 12/23/09. Helpful? / 0
Is he neutered??? That will help tremendously, but you still need to show him where he can and can't pee. Keep him on a leash for a bit, if he starts to go where he's not supposed to, tell him no and take him where he is supposed to do it.
I agree with the others. First, he should be neutered, not just for the marking issues, but also because he will never get testicular cancer or father puppies whose offspring end up in shelters.
Second, he is a high-energy breed that needs mental and physical challenges. Being crated too much has probably led to some insecurity, which is why he's obsessively marking up his and everyone's territory.
He's "been to training" - that's great! But if you don't continue to reinforce good behavior, he will eventually lose what he's learned. Dog training is not something that begins and ends with a professional trainer. Dogs, especially smart ones like border collies, are always in training. If you are not consciously training the behavior you want, you are unconsciously teaching him what to do to get what he wants. He is watching the family whenever he's awake, observing and learning what gets him the goodies. Be sure to "catch" him doing something good, and reward it. Good luck!
Katie answered on 12/26/09. Helpful? / 0
First, I would get the dog neutered.
Crates: Wild dogs lived in dens. The den was kept very clean. No fecal matter. The wild dogs actually will eat the fecal matter to keep the den clean.
The crate is like a den, very clean. Outside of the crate all bets are off. Therefore, and this is just my opinion. Get rid of the crate slowly. Take the dog outside very early in the morning, then 15 to 20 minutes after he eats. Keep a close eye and he will house break easily. My crate trained dog would do his jobs all over the house but never in the crate. Once the crate was eliminated he considered the whole house his crate and kept it clean. Personally, and I will get a lot of disagreement. Crate training is for breeders who don't have time for dogs or are transporting them to dog shows. Also for hunters that are transporting and they are not house dogs. House dogs, in my opinion don't really need crates or crate training. Breeders and hunters keep their dogs in crates and kennels not the home.
Jake answered on 4/14/12. Helpful? / 0