|Barked: Tue Jun 21, '11 7:26am PST |
|I don't know... I always thought marking inside is a behavior that's hard to break b/c of the territorial issue (and not being about just having to pee).
But I've fostered several dogs, plenty of males and have never had an inside marking problem with any of them. I mean, I just treated it like a potty training issue. Caught them in the act, corrected with a "no" and immediately brought them outside. It's always worked.
Even with one in particular- Rohan. A chow mix, VERY high crazy energy, incredible prey drive (he would go for the kill, no playing around), this was a dog who had likely lived on the streets his whole life, no rules, nothing (his nails were also filed down very short as if he'd walked/run on pavement for a long time). He'd immediately rush out and dive under the fence to run loose any chance he got (before I finally got something to secure the fence). I mean this dog had no want to listen to anyone. His energy and character was so over the top, it caused big issues with Steele (a laid back dog). Won't go into that... but Rohan was HUGE on marking outside. Very first thing he did when I let him in the yard- he marked, marked, marked some more, RAN from place to place marking like crazy. And when he ran outta pee? He immediately pooped here, RAN to another spot, pooped there, RAN to another place, pooped again. I mean, he was FRANTIC in his marking. And this went on for as long as I had him, he'd mark like crazy outside every time, so much so, that Steele just stopped bothering to mark over him b/c he couldn't keep up. lol
I thought oh great, that's gonna be fun trying to break him of it in the house... Well, he marked a handful of times in the house, I corrected and brought him out each time and that was that. He never marked inside again. That was incredibly easy. lol
My current foster is a pug mix, Scooby. He marked inside a few times, always the same spot (a bag of dirt for gardening actually). Cleaned the spot really well and corrected him each time I caught him and he stopped.
So... I think marking inside can be treated as a potty training issue, simply teach them it's not acceptable and that marking is for outside. Though if it's an ingrained behavior and they've marked on 50 things for a long time, yea, it could be way harder to break. WAY harder, I don't doubt that. But... that's my idea anyway.
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