PURE BRED SHAR PEI NEUTERED AND STILL MARKING HIS TERRITORY IN HOUSE PLEASE HELP
(Kamloops BC, CANADA)
why is my dog "marking his territory" on certain things in our house even after he has been neutered (over a year ago) please help im getting frustrated and don't know what to do!
we cannot let him downstairs because our roommates keeps there little dog down there, and if he goes down there he marks his territory on EVERYTHING and anything.
what should I do to make him stop, and is this normal for a pure bred shar pei???? he's 2 years now give or take
If a puppy isn't neutered before around 6 months of age then there's always going to be a tendency for him to mark his territory as his sexual development was underway before the neutering.
If he's been brought up in a home with other dogs a dog often won't spray or mark because he's grown up realizing that this territory is shared.
BUT if a new dog comes into his home or onto his yard, then he will be inclined to let him/her know that this is his home - and that involves spraying!
This could be the problem you're facing now if your roommates dog is a new addition... whether it's a male or female dog.
The only way to deal with this is by constant correction - a verbal 'no' everytime you see him doing it, followed by a redirection of attention.
If he's making a real mess you may want to get some 'belly bands' which are sort of like doggie diapers, but are designed for male dogs. They can be used to protect your home and belongings if a male is spraying or if he's incontinent for any reason.
These needn't be a long term solution as hopefully this new habit of his will diminish over time if you are consistent about corrections. But they will help to prevent him from destroying rugs, soft furnishings etc.
I know this can be a very annoying and frustrating behavior, but it is perfectly normal and your dog is doing this instinctively (without thought really) because it's a reflexive action. Be very patient and consistent with him and hopefully you will help him to learn to control this desire - meanwhile invest in some belly bands.
I wish you the very best of luck.
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