Training to Stop Dog Urine Marking | Causes & Prevention

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What is Urine Marking

Urine marking is when a dog marks an item or thing with urine, usually in small amounts. Dogs that normally do urine marking are males, though sometimes females may do this as well. Male dogs lift one leg up and urinate in areas that could be in corners of the house.

There are times where you won’t notice a dog has urine marked in your house. Sometimes dogs are doing the urine marking in specific places that you may not smell or notice because the urine marking is so small. Other animals however, can smell the markings of the dog.

Communication is what Urine marking is about. The scent is what other dogs or animals smell to let them know certain things. And some of the time a male dog will mark over where a female dog has urinated to let her know he was there or to let other male dogs know he was there. In this communication, the male dog is allowing other animals to know what is going on. For male dogs urine marking is one of the main forms of communication and they will do it often if they really want other animals to know what they want them to know.

There are times when urine marking is caused by a physical problem. If you notice your dog acting very strange and urine marking in the open often and you are not sure why, it is best to take your dog to see a veterinarian. There could be a problem internally that you were not aware of before that maybe able to be treated.

Potetnial Caues for Urine Marking

There are reasons your dog maybe urine marking in your house. These reasons can range from another animal that was present in your house, an unfamiliar surrounding to being territorial. At times the reason maybe physical and a veterinarian might be needed.

If you have had another animal in your house recently your dog may wish to claim his territory back. Urine marking will be the way he communicates that it is his territory. The markings will be where he smells where the other animal was and also around the outline of inside of the house.

The dog may not be familiar with his surroundings and will urine mark out of fear or even to mark over another males scent. Since urine marking is a way of communication between dogs, they want the other dogs to know this is their area. Markings can be anywhere in the house when this happens.

Male dogs will often mark with urine when they smell a female has marked that area before them. This is a form of communication to warn off other male dogs or to allow the female to know a male was there. The marking the male dog may do is often done outside. If the female is heat the urine markings maybe scattered to show a female that he was there.

One thing you need to check is if you see your dog urine marking too much. If you are not sure why your dog is urine marking as much, taking it to a veterinarian is the best solution. By taking your dog to get checked out, you are finding out if there is a physical problem that may need treatment.

Training to Stop Urine Marking

There are ways to help solve the problem of urine marking with dogs. One of the main things you can do to help stop your dog from urine marking is to get the dog neutered. Neutering the dog will help to lower some of the male traits that are instilled in the dog. Some of these traits involve territorial actions or wanting a female’s attention. Getting a male dog neutered will not necessarily fend off all urges to be by a female in heat, but may reduce the amount of urine marking they do.

A reward system or firmly saying no may help to reduce the urine marking and eventually get rid of the potential problem. Showing the dog what you expect from the dog is a good way to show what the dog is doing right or wrong.

Making the dog feel secure after another animal is inside the house is a good way to show that the dog can be okay in the area. This can be done by simply talking in a soft tone to the dog, spending time with the dog and showing the dog more attention when the animal has left.