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Posted almost 5 years ago
Hi All. I have a Bichon and a Miniature Schnauzer. I have this chaise in the living room that is very special to me becasue it is the first expensive thing I bought and didn't have to answer to anyone for the money I spent, since I had just separated from my then husband. Well any way the Bichon keeps peeing on it and I am looking for sugestions on how to get her to stop. She is really making me angry and I have treid scrubbing the chair then spraying that odor remover stuff but she continues. I have tried spraying her with water and swatting her with a fly swatter all to no avail. Does anyone have anything I can try? I'm ready to step on her head I'm so upset.
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| Posted almost 5 years ago
First of all, dogs do not do this for spite, there is something bothering her. She may be marking territory to show her dominance over the other dog. Dogs live in the moment, they don't harbor grudges
Supervise and Break the Habit
Catch him in the act! DOGS LEARN QUICKLY FROM THIS
Close supervision is necessary. You must be dedicated to stop the marking behavior of your dog and you must be consistent. A couple of weeks or often much less time of intense supervision and correction can save you a lifetime of tearing your hair out trying to find a quick fix for the problem. Some people have reported that it has only taken a day or two using the intense supervision method.
Confine your dog to one area of the house where you can watch him. Shut doors to other areas of the house or barricade them off with baby gates or improvise with whatever is at hand.
If barricading is not possible another option is to put your dog on a retractable lead while he is in the house with you and for you to have total control at all times.
Make yourself a Shaker Bottle or Shaker Can
A shaker can is simply an empty cola can with a several coins inside it. The opening is taped over to prevent the coins flying out. It makes a lot of noise when you shake it up and down.
A shaker bottle is a plastic bottle with some small pebbles or coins placed inside.
Watch your dog for any signs (such as sniffing and circling) that he is even thinking about marking. The moment he begins to lift his leg shake the can once only to get his attention. The loud noise should startle him and interrupt what he is doing. As he looks towards where the noise has come from. Give him the command in a stern voice 'NO PEE'. Sometimes throwing the can in his general direction works well too but be careful not to hit him with it as you only want to startle him not harm him.
If he then turns around and resumes what he was doing, repeat the process. Try to divert his attention with something fun like a game or throw him a ball.
OK, so you have stopped him peeing once. Now you have to be consistent and diligent and continue with the behavior modification each and every time you see him attempt to mark urine.
Do not rant, rave or smack your dog at any time. Punishment will make an insecure dog more insecure.
This method is not intended for toilet training your puppy, only for urine marking. Potty training is another issue.
Praise him when he pees where you want him to
Don't forget to praise your dog when he marks in an appropriate place. If you are outside and he marks on a tree or other acceptable object or area tell him what a good boy he is. Tell him, 'Pee here, good boy' in a happy voice. Dogs learn quickly from positive responses to their behavior.
The message you are trying to get across to him is that urine marking isn't bad, but that marking inside the house isn't such a good idea.
When you go out
Dogs who suffer separation anxiety may pee while you are out. They are not peeing out of spite because you left them, dogs just don't think like this. They are feeling anxious at being left alone. Try leaving them an item of your worn clothing with your familiar smells on it. This just might be enough to settle their anxiety.
Confinement is the only answer for some dogs
Some dogs will never be able to be trusted with the run of the house. Although inconvenient to you it may be necessary to close doors to certain rooms and only allow freedom in the rooms he can be trusted. Another alternative is to use Belly Bands (see below)
You may be able to deter your from dog peeing on the furniture by attaching strips of aluminum foil to his favorite spots. The urine will make a noise when hitting the foil and may splash back on him. This may deter some dogs but it will have no effect on others. You could also try putting his water bowl in his favorite spot.
Scat Mats can also be used to deter pets from entering a certain area. The Scat Mat is a touch-sensitive training pad that quickly conditions pets to avoid prohibited areas with harmless, low-power electronic pulses similar to static electricity.
Cleaning is important
You must thoroughly clean areas where your dog has peed in the past and completely remove the scent to discourage your dog from re-offending in the same place. Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water and wash the soiled areas well.
Avoid using ammonia based products to clean dog urine. One of the ingredients of dog urine is ammonia and he may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area. Remember, your dog's sense of smell is a hundred times better than yours.
For cleaning dog pee out of carpets or furniture read this article
If you think your dog is likely to urine mark in your friend's house don't give him the opportunity to do so. Keep him on a leash at all times. You can walk him around the new environment on the leash and if he gives the slightest hint that he may cock his leg give the leash a quick short tug and tell him 'NO'. Or you could take your Shaker Can with you. You may eventually be able to trust him but if the house you are visiting has pets living there it could be a very challenging task.
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| Posted almost 5 years ago
This is really fustrating was your dog close to your as much as you maybe you might think she misses him. This unexceptable behavior none the less many people frown on crate train but dogs take to it quite nicely and learn to like it. Dogs are denning animals and the crate is their den. The crate should be no bigger than enough for her to stand up and turn around in and lay down comfortable, not a town house. Crate the dog from when you leave until you come home. Never ever use the crate to punish. Leave the crate door open you might find that you dog seeks solice in there.
Now the hard part stop allow the dog up on the furniture or on you lap unless you give permission. This is were you take the alpha role in the house. You may very well living with her not the other way around seek further advice from a local obedience club that does classes for the general public, Petsmart the clubs member may do competive dog sports but they have a world of knowledge. You and you dog would get a better conection by taking a class. Good luck I hope it helps.
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| Posted almost 4 years ago
Your dog probably has a urinary tract infection, or bladder infection. I know friends where the dog started peeing in her bed and dog had urinary infection. Have you checked this out? It is probably worth the trip to the vet just to clear your mind.