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Q: How do break the habit of marking?

November 2, 2008 | By Sara L. | 5 answers | Expired: 2202 days ago

How do break the habit of marking?

I have four Italian greyhounds. They are all neutered males and there is not a female in the home that hasn't been spayed. I have tried a number of things, but of course with busy schedules and moody greyhounds, I haven't been very successful. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

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Grace K.
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Nov 03, 2008

I have the same problem with my male Husky. He IS housebroken, but whenever another male comes into the house, he will pee all over the place, even if he knows the other dog very well. But I have personally found smaller dogs, like IG's, to have a habit of marking their territory regardless of the training they received for housebreaking. The best way to solve the problem is to find out what is causing it. Try leaving just one dog loose in the area that is most 'marked' and see what happens, then next time introduce another one in their with him. Maybe it is just one dog that is having the problem. A hidden video camera works well too!

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Orionoxford
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Nov 03, 2008

The only way to stop a dog from marking is to keep them with you (on a leash) and stop them if they start to mark. If they were previously house broken this shouldn't take long 2-3 days up to a week. If they haven't been house broken you have a much longer road ahead.

They are especially prone to marking when they are nervous or stressed out so try to maintain the status-quo (aside from having them tied to you).

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gailsplace@verizon.net G.
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Nov 03, 2008

Hi,I work in rescue with another breed,Miniature Pinschers that tends to 'forget' that they were/are housebroken.Any male foster neutered or not, that comes in my house wear a bellyband at all times(except when they are brought outside to their potty spot).I also love the tether method of training.The dog stays on a leash with you at all times so you can catch them when they try to eliminate,or mark.IG's are notoriously hard to housebreak.It takes a great deal of diligence to work with 'mad markers' as well.Good luck!

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