So ask yourself, are you really ready for everything that comes with that new puppy you are getting your family for the holidays? If not, here is some puppy marking information that may just take you a step closer to being ready.
Whether you rescue a puppy from a rescue organization or from a shelter or even get one from a breeder, if the puppy is a male and has not been neutered yet, there is a very high possibility that the puppy will want to mark on all of your furniture and other household goods. Even if the puppy has been neutered, this inbred desire to call something its own will have puppy marking up a storm. If you take the puppy out, this desire only increases.
To be ready for this behavior, you will want to catch the puppy in the act and reengage him in something else. Take him outside to go potty or for a walk or even play with him inside or out, but you will need to be aware of the puppy all the time for awhile because if you are not then it will take a lot longer to train puppy not to mark – if puppy ever learns!
Sometimes dogs will be trained not to mark in their own home but once that door is opened and the dog is experiencing a new environment, look out, the dog may just feel the urge to lift his leg everywhere he can. Dogs do mark their own outside territory but most dogs are very clean and neat and want their residence to be that way also – especially their bedding. Other places, however, are not exempt and if the dog is feeling stressed, marking behaviors may only increase so that they feel more secure.
When a dog marks it is different than urination. Dog markings can be smelly for human beings but for other dogs it is vital statistics about the dog’s age, sex, health and reproductive status. In other words it tells other dogs all the important stuff that they need to know if they are considering a hook-up with that dog.
So you can help the situation by getting your dog neutered. In order to stop your embarrassment, if the home you are taking your male do to has a female that is in heat, perhaps suggest some enzymatic cleaner to be used on their absorbent surfaces such as their furniture and carpets to eliminate any of their female’s soaked-in scents.
The only other suggestion is to teach your dog to refrain from marking by constant training. Retrain if the situation occurs at some point after the initial training has seemed to be successful. Using a reward system will definitely be of help. Taking his bed with you will also help because the other house will feel like home; a few toys could help also. Utilizing a leash when you first begin training will help you watch all of your dog’s movements. If you notice behaviors that signal a marking coming up, get the dog outside as fast as you possibly can. Do this at all the houses you take them to and remember that the first 10-15 minutes is crucial.
In extreme cases, there are belly bands and pads that can be used when the dog is having issues with his training. The band is safe and effective and neither you nor your dog will have to be embarrassed by his marking.
These are but a few suggestions to consider if you are planning on acquiring a new male puppy for Christmas. Puppy marking comes with the territory but can be curbed if you are willing to put in the time and effort.