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    I have an 11 month old male shih-tzu x maltese poodle, not desexed. He was house trained until about 3 weeks ago when my boyfriend went away for work for 2 weeks.

    He started urinating around the house, usually aiming for clothes baskets, suitcases, the couch etc. despite the back door being wide open. I suspected he was marking his territory and hoped it would stop when my boyfriend came home, but it didn't.

    When he does it I take him to the spot, tell him "bad dog", give him a light smack on the nose and send him outside and ignore him for a few hours.

    Please help, I really want to put a stop to this before it becomes normal behaviour.

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    Hello and welcome

    I'm not sure if I'm...erm....diplomatic enough to answer this to be honest.

    But lets start with desexing and absolutely no nose smacking .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Hello and welcome

    I'm not sure if I'm...erm....diplomatic enough to answer this to be honest.

    But lets start with desexing and absolutely no nose smacking .
    No nose smacking?
    Really?

    I guess when they're learning its not appropriate, but I used 1 finger for Roly and 2 for Lades when I knew they knew better.


    But yes, desexing will make a differnce.
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    Definitely no nose smacking or you'll end up with bigger probs. Can't believe people still do this or have I been sucked in here??????
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    Yep , definately no nose smacking Myf .

    Creating a fearful reaction is not what you are after .

    Like Dogsrule I'm wondering if this is just a wind up?
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    I have used it with both my dogs and they arn't hand shy, I have had no bad response to it either.
    I reckon its the same as 'smacking' a child.

    For example(I may have used this before) Roly grew up with chickens and when he was about 2, he decided on this particular day it would be fun to chase them although he had learnt not too. After calling him away and disaplining(sp?) him verbally twice, the third time I 'tapped' him and growled. And never again did we have chicken drama. Its never out of frustration and I would never do it If I didnt think he knew he was doing something wrong.

    My boss reckons its the same as a dog in the wild. If a dog isnt happy, they'll give a nip.

    I dont see it as creating a fearful reaction. If someone said 'hey stop doing that!' or 'hey stop doing that' and poked you, which one would you may more attention too?
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    Pardon my frequent bird comparisons but it is the same with them too. Many advocate not to react, blow on them or beak tap if they bite as it will do the same thing but in the wild other birds do this (give a physical warning) when they are out of line.

    Usually a stern NO is enough with Pretty but with others I have done a soft slap on the behind with an OI or NO but not nose unless nose area was what was causing the problem and was closer, eg chewing a cord. No fear response from them either, many dogs, just an oh?
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    I use a water spray and a very loud and determined NO! I have rescues coming and going, many of whom have never been inside dogs and so they are not toilet trained. I stamp my feet (on wood floors it is really loud) and really let them know I am not impressed.

    Equally, I give lavish praise when they do it outside. I do this for life, not just while training them. I tell them how clever and smart they are as soon as they have finished weeing outside. The nighbours, I am sure think I am kooky ...........

    Adnilem - my advice is as always - start back from the beginning. Treat him as if he is a pup. Restrict his access to certain areas, take him outside frequently, praise him heaps when he goes outside, sternly let him know he is not to do it inside when he does. Carry a water bottle and squirt him when he lifts his leg in the wrong place and yell loudly NO, BAD DOG!

    You will need to really clean the areas well where he is going. You will need to use an enzyme based cleaner. He will continue to mark over the same areas if you do not clean the smell out and normal cleaners will not get the smell out (you or I can't smell it, but he can). There are many commercial based products you can use for htis, depending on where you are from. The most common one is Urine Off and another is called Piss Off.

    He is marking as he is beginning to mature and as a mature male he will want to mark out his territtory. Getting him desexed will also help as he will lose the urge to mark out his territory.

    I found that sprinkling lavendar oil over the area after I had used the enzyme based cleaner really helped as well.... providing you don't mind your house smelling like an elderly womans linen! )
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    Gawd, elderly woman? hahahha, love lavender but then I guess I AM aged, hahahhaha. Sorry, OT. Still giggling though.

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    adnilem

    What Anne said. And seriously consider the desexing. If you want to pretend he isn't, I think you can get prosthetic balls for him if it makes you feel better.

    I use the water pistol for corrections from a distance. I've also thrown a handful of pegs at wayward animals - works spectacularily well on cats who think ironing boards work better with cat fur on them.

    I tried the nose slap once but I think on a cattle dog, it's a mistake - ie they're bred to duck kicks from cattle, mine has no trouble ducking a kick or a slap from me, and at best she thinks it's some fun new game I want to play. I do sometimes hold her nose with my hand, thumb round one side and fingers round the other but it's more a control thing - I've got you, you stop what you're doing now (no more chewing up the bed).

    One more thing, - don't clean up with bleach - it smells like pee to a dog and they will go back over it.

    I've used detergent and hot or cold water depending on the surface with a final finish of methylated spirits. I've read other people use vinegar and/or bicarb soda (and water). Vet recommended something called "febreeze" for getting rid of the mark smell - but I've got no idea if that is still available or if it's been renamed to something else or discontinued.

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