4 Steps To Stop Your Dog From Marking
We are going to talk about those dogs that just can’t help but lift a leg.
I am not talking about the “good dogs” who lift their legs outside on the tree. I am talking about those dogs that lift and mark items they should not, be it inside, outside, on the patio, or even out on a walk.
So what is the difference between marking and peeing….and does it matter?
I am here to tell you, yes it matters!
So, what is marking…marking is when your dog leaves a scent mark with urine, which is normally a very small amount. This is more common in intact male dogs, but neutered males and spayed females can also mark their territory.
Peeing, well peeing is just that….we all know what that looks like.
So, what should you do? #1 First step is to schedule a vet exam to rule out a medical issue. If your dog has a UTI or another medical problem, even the best training will not work.
#2 Use a blacklight to locate all the soiled spots in the house. Once located, clean, clean, clean. I personally use the doTERRA Cleaner Concentrate, followed up by a mix of Purify. #3 Management, this means controlling where they have access in the house, as well as the use of a belly band for dogs, and panties for the girls. The use of a sanitary pad in either of these will soak up the urine when they decide to mark. This saves your furniture and makes it just a little uncomfortable for them. The key however is to remove the band or panties PRIOR to your dog going outside to go potty, if you forget, well that is another mess to have to deal with. #4 Training. If you catch your dog about to mark, interrupt the behavior with a sharp/high pitched noise. Think of a startle response. I highly recommend the book Way to Go! By Karen London and Jean Donaldson
[TIP – remember not to punish after the fact, learning does not occur and this only damages your relationship with your dog and causes more stress.]
Essential Oil Spotlight:
If you suspect a hormone imbalance, my choice of oils would be Geranium for the girls and Marjoram for the boys.
Both of these oils have properties to support in this area. I would diffuse in a water-based diffuser, my favorite being the Lumo Diffuser.
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