We have a 3yo American Staffy - Very much a people dog, clumsy, loyal, stubborn, has his "maniac moments", very excitable, extremely whingy and talkative.
We had a baby 11 months ago. Since he started to crawl around at about 8 months, the dog has started marking on the wall, bed and baby's toys. He's done it about 6-7 times now, always in the same spots. We hardly ever catch him doing it, we just catch him running away with his head down looking very guilty. We growl and put him outside. We wash down the areas and spray vinegar over it - we've heard vinegar takes away the dog smell??...
Our dog goes to obedience training every week (yeh, hard to believe!). He gets 2 walks per day and I think we've managed to treat him as the same dog as he was before baby came along. His areas havent changed - he's still not allowed on the carpet/bedrooms, which is the same now.
We're very worried, we think he's feeling insecure and trying to remain "top dog" by marking his scent everywhere. He seems fine around the baby, he hovers around him, licks him, picks up his food, gets his ears pulled and doesnt seem to mind. Yes he growls if the baby does something silly, he's still a dog. He's an indoor dog - we keep his indoor bed away from baby so he's got "his space". Of course we pickup baby and pay more attention to him, but we're just not sure what to do.. How do we stop this???
Umm...help?!!! Anybody got any ideas?? I've asked the trainers at obedience training and they just say pay him lots of attention, etc. Still not improving. What should we do???