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Q: How do break the habit of marking?

November 2, 2008 | By Sara L. | 5 answers | Expired: 2128 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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Hathcock
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Nov 06, 2008

I to have an I.G. but I am pretty lucky in that he does not mark in the house.More than likley once one of your boys marked the others felt they had to go and mark that area to and now it's kinda like the favorite fire hydrant at the local dog park! Have you tried litter box training them? There are I. G. sites on the web that give instrutions on training them to litter box. Are they always going back and marking same areas? If so you could try a product called urine off to try to get rid of urine odor on that spot. You could also try belly bands to keep on them in the house. I know that some dogs as soon as you turn your back they will have went and marked somewhere. With the belly band at least it will just have the band wet and not corner of a favorite chair. Good luck hope I helped a little at least.

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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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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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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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daryl b.
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Nov 03, 2008

i think in part is is competion between the 4. but it may have something to do with the age at which they were neutered. you didn't say

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