New male dogs in the house? Expect them to make themselves at home through territorial marking. Here are a few steps to help your rescue dog stop marking and start living well in his new surroundings.
Determine The Possible Cause Of Territorial Marking
Anxiety is one cause. Dogs are creatures of habit and often don’t respond well to change. If your dog is a victim of trauma, rest assured he has undergone some change. Give your pet some time and be patient to help in the healing process. Remove items of value from his reach, to ease your stress level. Being calm yourself sets the perfect tone for harmony in the home.
Another cause for territorial marking could be, your dog is not housebroken. Or your new pet could have a bladder or urinary infection causing him to urinate frequently. Schedule a visit to the vet as soon as possible to rule out sickness.
Check out tips on housebreaking your dog here.
Prevent Repeated Marking
If your dog is marking in the same place multiple times, you need to eliminate the urine smell and residue. Soak the wet area with a pet urine enzyme cleaner. Be sure to allow the spot to dry completely before letting your pet near it.
If possible, place the dog crate or dog bed over the area. Dogs choose not to mess where they sleep. In the case that your male attempts to mark the same spot again, replace the dog crate with his food and water bowls. Keep the bowls in place for at least two to three weeks to redirect the old habit.
To prevent multiple markings inside your home, many dog trainers suggest the following.
Secure some of your pet’s urine and place it on a bandana. When dry, tie the bandana around your dog’s neck. Doing so puts his urine smell at nose level thus eliminating the need to mark his territory.
Dog appeasing pheromones (DAP) are also used to curb dog’s desires to mark their territory. You have a choice of spray, diffuser, or collar found at local pet stores and some vet offices as well.
These steps should set you on track to success, don’t give up, be patient, and stay calm. You can do it.
Check out this article on dogs responding to a crisis.