I have a 1 yr. old male shih tzu and I am really hoping he will stop marking all over my house. I just got him neutered yesterday and will be bringing him home today.
The problem with using neutering to stop marking behavior (although I always recommend neutering for any number of other reasons!) is that, after awhile, the marking becomes a habit rather than a matter of instinct.
If he’s only a year you may be okay — but the point is that, although the hormones will no longer be driving him to mark his ":territory":, if it’s become a habit it will be harder to curb — good thing you didn’t wait much longer!
I’d recommend a bit of training to help eliminate the issue completely. Hopefully he won’t feel inclined to lift his leg but, if he does, be right there watching with a squirt bottle set to ":stream": (rather than ":mist":). If he sidles up to something with intent to mark, squirt at him and tell him ":No":. Then praise him when he leaves the area he was considering marking.
You may have to watch him like a hawk for the first little while, but hopefully the combo of no hormones and your discouraging him will stop any marking behavior altogether.
It is very possible that it will stop after time. However, that is not always the case. I have a 2 yr old male and he has NEVER had an accident in the house EXCEPT for hiking his leg! SO, don’t tell her that it is a potty training issue! Many males have this problem, going back to a previous answer again, this is why vets recommend getting them neutered early!
Neutering is not a sure way to stop marking. It will possibly minimize the behavior but you’re going to have to do some training to completely stop it.
The male hormone testosterone will still be in your dog’s system for about 3 weeks, though. Your dog will still be able to mate and produce puppies until then so make sure to keep him away from females!
Sexual behaviors are learned, and that is why vets recommend neutering at 5-6 months, before they start learning them. Neutering at a later age will help, but it takes time (weeks to months) for sexual behaviors to be extinguished, and sometimes they never go away completely. Be sure to clean the places he has marked with a product specifically formulated for neutralizing pet urine, so he doesn’t want to keep refreshing the scent. Crate training might help too, so he isn’t free to roam around the house making it his own. Good Luck!!
I had two male dogs at a time and they NEVER quit marketing, particularly on the corners of the beds. Both were neutered at under a year. I think it was a competition. Since one of the males died, the other one has quit marking.
hi, in my experience it takes about 6 weeks for it to get gradually better and 6 months for the behavior to totally stop.
U want to be sure to use an odor neutralizing product (like nature’s miracle) to clean the areas he has marked (leaving those areas just encourages/reinforces the behavior).
Also complimenting the neuter with training (google canine + marking) and possibly a belly band or crate training if the above does not work.
Good luck and thanks for being a responsible dog owner! -dd
I agree. It sounds more like a training problem than a marking problem.
You’ll have to be sure to get rid of the urine smell from where ever he’s been going or else he’ll continue to do it in the same spot over and over.
He’s got to be taught that going inside the house is not tolerated. Not stick his nose in it or anything, that’s just cruel and it doesn’t work. A firm ":NO": and then picking him up and taking him outside should give him the hint. Be sure to be consistant in your training and in a few weeks he should get the hint.
If there’s still a problem, you may want to rule out anything medical like a UTI or bladder infection.
Depends on how old the dog was when it was neutered. Unfortunately if he was already an adult he may never stop. That is why the younger the better. It should help lessen it though.
Sorry, but instead of having him neutered, you should’ve gotten him potty trained. Punish him when he goes inside, and praise him when he goes outside. Eventually it will become second nature to him.
(having a dog neutered means that he just won’t be able to have little dogs, plus it does do something to remove much of the male’s aggressiveness)