Peeing vs. Marking - what's the difference?

We recently added a 4 1/2 month old AmStaff to our family. One of our frustrations in potty training him is teaching him NOT to "mark" inside the house. Are marking & peeing the same thing? Can this behavior be corrected with potty training? If not, how do we train him to NOT mark in the house?

Asked by Makana on Jun 23rd 2010 Tagged housetraining, potty, marking, americanstaffordshire, amstaff, staffy in Behavior & Training
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You don't want either done inside! So yes, correct and redirect him to a spot in the yard. Gates and a crate can keep him contained so he's not sneaking off to toilet elsewhere in the house. I use the tether method with any new dog/puppy to my house. By having the dog/puppy on the 6 foot lead inside I catch them in the act and can get them outside right away.

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Pepper answered on 6/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Peeing and marking are seperate. Peeing is just either not being housebroken or peeing over old stains.
Marking is like the dog saying over and over this is my house only. Or if you have another dog he could mark her as being his mate, or if anyone visits you with another dog they might start doing that.
He will mark the territory as his.
The only way to prevent and stop unwanted urination and pooing is the crate.
You can start all over and try later down the road or just keep using the crate.
Most likely it won't stop until you use the crate and steam clean the whole house of carpet excellently with Natures Miracle.
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Dieta answered on 6/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Peeing is urinating to rid the body of urine. Marking is leg lifting and directing the urine spray on a specific item, usually related to defining an area as theirs, by a mature dog. Marking can and does occur in perfectly housebroken dogs, depending on the circumstances.
Marking will not be an issue until your boy is mature. Neutering, if done before marking occurs, can prevent it from developing in many cases, but not in all cases.
Most male dogs will not mark in their own house UNLESS other dogs come into the house and urinate or mark, then your dog is apt to attempt to cover that smell.
A good housebreaking plan will do much to prevent either problem from developing.

Member 641257 answered on 6/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


My friend's dog did this same thing. They went to the vet and the vet said they needed to walk to dog more. They were at the time getting ready for a lot of very important events so they hired someone to walk their dog. As soon as the dog was walked more he stopped doing this.

Charlie answered on 6/24/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer