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    Default How do I stop him marking indoors?

    As I'm sure all of you regulars know, my dogs are outside dogs, so are not house trained. Although it wouldn't surprise me if both of them chose to toilet outside even if they were allowed inside.

    Anyway, so I've started taking Koda to work with me sometimes, I just tie him up to a table near me and give him some blankets to lay on and a kong and he's as happy as larry... however... he has a habit of lifting his leg and marking things... If he needs to actually go to the toilet, he'll wait until he's outside, but he seems to think its fine to mark everything

    It probably doesn't help that being a vet clinic, we get dogs who doing this all the time, so he's probably smelling other dogs (Its funny, owners always get so upset when their dogs pee in reception, but it seriously happens ALL the time, its just normal to us).

    Its not a massive problem, the floors are slate and its easy to clean up with a quick spray of F10 and a rag... but its still annoying and not ideal to have Koda doing this.

    If I catch him about to do it, i just have to say a stern "no" or "oy", and he won't do it, but I'm not always looking (still gotta do my job)!

    So how do I go about training him to not mark his territory indoors?

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    The only way to solve this problem is to go right back to basics and toilet train him. I teach my pups a toileting word so they go when I want them to.

    A link for you:

    https://www.google.com.au/webhp?sour...tty%20training

    Good Luck !

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    Is he desexed ? Male dogs mark their territory when not desexed...so I've been told...could be your problem.

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    Thanks Riley, I'll read through that stuff and see what I can do

    Dogman, yes he is desexed. Unfortunately desexing doesn't always stop behaviours like that... in fact to be honest, desexing made absolutely no difference to Koda in terms of behaviour.

    There is definitely a distinct difference between when he's peeing because he needs to and marking his territory. When he's peeing because he needs to, he stands normally and kind of leans forward.... and as expected, when marking his territory, he lifts his leg.

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    I would anoint all the favoured "marking posts" with a generous slime of vicks vapour rub, after they've been cleaned down with bicarb and vinegar etc. I don't think he'd be marking unless he was marking over someone else's mark and that means the space hasn't been cleaned well enough by dog nose standard.

    A uv light can help find the stray spots of pee... eg I think It's Dr Who number 10 sonic Screw driver that contains a UV light?
    Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver of the 10th Doctor | ThinkGeek

    And after the posts are all thoroughly cleaned - wipe down with vicks vapour rub (will need reapplying daily). Bonus effect - not many other dogs will want to mark there either.

    Otherwise - erm, maybe put him in a crate when you can't watch him?

    Maybe you could borrow the UV light from the vet - the one for checking ring worm infections (not that UV is a 100% indicator).

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    Lol at the Sonic Screwdriver!! Too bad I've already got the 11th Doctors one. You are correct, the 10th one has a UV light, my friend has that one.

    Not sure whether Koda is actually marking over things that other dogs have marked or not.... I'm thinking not always though because I've seem him mark (or attempt to before I stop him) things that I've never seen other dogs mark. Perhaps with the smell of so many different animals in general, he's just marking where ever he can to let everyone know that this is his place In terms of cleaning, everything is cleaned daily with disinfectant and any accidents/messes are cleaned up as soon as possible with F10. I could try the vapour rub though, I know he doesn't like that that, I used it once for him to stop him chewing my ferret cage, lol.

    When I'm working, even though he's only like 1m from me, I'm not facing him, so he could do it when I'm not looking. I could keep Koda in a cage, but I'd prefer to keep him out if I can.

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    Yeah I thought my boys were house trained when they were pups and so they were. However once they started lifting their legs everything changed. They would mark anything upright. I threatened to tie a knot in their penis's if they marked indoors but they didnt believe me.
    Even toiletting them outside as I did when they were pups made no difference they still had a little bit left as boy dogs do to mark. They were also competing with each other which didnt help.

    I found I simply had to crate them when they were indoors and they did eventually grow out of it. Not useful to you I know but I do sympathise.

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    Susan Garrett - teaches her boy dogs never to lift legs. If they look like they're about to - she pushes them off balance so they go back to squatting.

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