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Is Your Dog Marking All Over

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Uh oh, what did you do?

Put a Halt to Your Dog Marking in Your Home

Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Whether you are the pet parent of a male or female dog (yes, females do it, too), there is a likelihood that you’ve struggled at one time or another with your beloved pooch marking his or her territory within your home. It can be a common and quite irritating issue, especially when Max or Bella chooses to make his or her mark on your brand new rug or pristine wood floors.

 

What Exactly is Marking?

 

Many pet parents misunderstand canine marking. Believe it or not, it is NOT the same as your dog simply urinating indoors. Your dog’s marking inside the home could be his/her assertion of authority, dominance or sexuality among a larger group of animals or beings, a.k.a. the dog’s “pack.” This can happen if there are more then one dog in the home or if your dog SEES another dog through the wndow.  It could also be a dog that is anxious or stressed, especially if anything has changed in a home. This may also be due to a UTI, so a vet visit would be first on your list.

 

What Can I Do to Stop My Dog’s Marking Behavior?

 

There are several things that can be done to encourage your pooch to stop marking inside your home:

 

  • If there is a particular item he or she marks and seems to go back to that same item on a consistent basis, simply remove the item from your home.
  • Pay close attention to your dog and learn his or her signals that show the intent to mark. By doing so, you can interrupt the process and use positive reinforcement to encourage your precious pooch to do his/her business outdoors.
  • Crate your dog when you are away from home and/or during the night if marking seems to be a great issue for him/her. Dogs, when confined to a smaller space, typically choose not to mark their small territory and don’t like to soil their sleeping space.
  • When your dog does mark, or simply has a potty accident indoors, ensure that you clean all soiled areas thoroughly. Places your pooch has marked are important to him/her as they define territory, so be careful to remove every trace of his/her personal scent. A mixture of equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water will often suffice to remove the smell. You may even try a high-quality pet odor neutralizer over the spot after it has been thoroughly cleaned.

 

Often times, you may find that your well trained dog has reverted to marking if there is a significant change in the home. For example, if a new family member or pet has been introduced, an older dog may feel as if his or her status in the home is being challenged. If this is the case, you may be able to deter the marking behavior by ensuring your give your dog extra love, care and attention. Understanding he/she is still important in your life despite the change in the home is of the utmost importance.

 

If, despite your best efforts, your dog continues to mark within the home, consult with your veterinarian as there may be an underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed.

 

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My Dog Is Peeing All Over My House, Help !!

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What Could Be Wrong and Why Is This Happening?

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Why is your dog peeing in the wrong places? Has your dog suddenly started to urinate in his bed, on your favorite rug or other inappropriate places around your home?  While your first instinct might be to scold him for being spiteful, you just might want to stop, take a deep breath and think about why he might be doing so.  Many pet parents will automatically jump to the conclusion that their dog is showing spitefulness by urinating around the home but, often times there is a deeper issue at play.  One reason that a dog may urinate inappropriately around the home, after being housebroken, could be due to a urinary tract infection.

There are a few factors that contribute to the likelihood of a urinary tract infection developing. A urinary tract infection is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria, fungus or even parasites. A healthy dog’s urine is acidic due to his diet of meat.  This helps protect him against bacteria as bacteria will more easily thrive in urine that has become more alkaline.  A grain free diet is highly suggested to keep the acid in your dog’s urine.  A diet of grains promotes an alkaline environment which encourages the growth of bacteria. Other causes of a urinary tract infection are: being forced to urine for extended periods of time (not enough potty breaks), a lack of fresh, chemical free water and even antibiotics.

Other than inappropriate urination in or around the home, there are other symptoms of urinary tract infections that you should be aware of.

Fever

Lethargy

Blood in the urine

Excessive thirst

Increased frequency of urination

Signs of pain while urinating

If your dog is showing signs of a urinary tract infection, seek prompt medical attention.  Your veterinary doctor will perform a complete medical examination as will mostly order a series of tests, such as x-rays and a urinalysis to confirm or rule out the presence of a urinary tract infection.  A high presence of Alkaline in the urine not only causes urinary tract infections but may also result in urinary crystals, cystitis and even stones.

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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