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Thread: Will Neutering Stop Old Marking Habits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Is he house-trained? Is he obviously going outside to urinate?
    he has gone outside to urinate on his own, so i'd say yes.. or at least, i hope so.. or maybe he was just 'patrolling' and marking as he went around the fence line. i take it as marking when he trots around the perimeter, and full on urinating when he sniffs about and does a long stream in the grass or gravel. he usually does a bit of both when we take him out too.

    this is a real learning experience for me, apart from a 2 week trial with a dog from a rescue group, this is the only other dog i have ever had.

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    i will have to leave him at home alone for the first time i guess, and get out for some supplies soon.. i have used the vinegar for now. he needs more foods anyway, i bought dry food and chicken necks, but altho he will eat the dry food eventually, (super coat for little dogs) he is not impressed with it at all, and wants the fishy cat food when we feed the cats. (on the dining table at the moment! have called it cat haven ) he even likes the dry cat food more i think.

    we do have a secure back yard. i think.

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    I agree with the others, sounds like he is marking his territory and desexing may help in the long-term. I had a similar problem with a desexed male (foster dog), he was house-trained but still had the habit of marking 2 or 3 spots inside.

    I ended up buying a bottle of "Scram!" which is similar to the products that Anne mentioned a few posts above, not expecting that it would work, but it did! The trick is to thoroughly clean the area first, then give the area a light spray with the Scram. Every 3 days or so I'd give the areas another light spray, and it worked a treat! I think it was about $20 from memory, had it about a year, and still plenty left. Luckily he has never done this in his forever home which he went to about 2 months ago.

    Oh yes, better mention, only spray lightly as it has quite a strong citronella smell!

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    thank you Greysaregreat.. another name to look for. gives me even more choice if i don't find other things.

    hopefully at my local Coles, cos i don't want to leave him on his own for too long just yet. not that i think he would get into any trouble, and we have done our utmost to make sure he can't escape. but he still trembles at strange noises..

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    No, I really don't think you will find Scram and Piss Off at your local Coles supermarket, Zen.

    Pet shops and such, yes, maybe, depending where you are and what they carry.

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    oh, ok.. there is a Pet Barn not too much further away.. atho i was hoping for coles, as i need a few things too! might have to do split days, so he isn't alone for too long. but i'll look for a cleaner and the lavender first.. unless the vinegar works tonight. (FX)

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    Some pet supplies shops will allow you to take your dog in with you. PetStock is one of these, Pet Barn might be.

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    Hey Zen

    Maybe some other members could clarify this (cos Im not sure if it works)!

    I have heard that with a male dog that marks its territory if you (think it only works for males) wee over the top of his marking straight after he does, it will turn him off of it?!

    Apparently its got something to do with you (the owner) being the pack leader?! Not sure if it deters them from marking all together or if it only deters them from marking on specific things eg. your car tyres etc.

    Not so good to pee on your coach etc tho (probably best not to try this inside hehehe) LMAO

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    lol Judge!!! this amused me no end this morning.. especially the couch part..

    Hyacinth! yes.. now you mention it, i did see a dog in Pet Barn the other day.. thanks for reminding me.. i'll take him with me there..

    should see him when my husband leaves for work, he whimpers and dashes about looking though windows, and stared hard at the front door when i got up, so opened it for him to show him no husband lurking outside.. makes me worry about what he will be like when i leave too.. but he must get used to it. i can't take him everywhere with me as much as i would like to.. the back yard is secure. altho i might do the baby gate trick and leave him in the garage...


    looks like the vinegar worked! there is nothing in that spot this morning at least, and i will respray later in the day for tonight as well. i took him out around 2am, thankfully i do wake in the night with my own need.

    or is he intelligent enough for my quiet, calm, but firm 'bad dog!' when he sniffed at his own smell while i cleaned it up again yesterday, i wonder... he looked chastened.

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    LMAO@Judge. The mental picture I will now carry in my head will keep me entertained all day!

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