Some male dogs have the bad habit of lifting their legs to mark items or objects as their own. Just like any other dog behavioral problem, this can be fixed with some training and patience!
When my family adopted our male dog, Teddy, I was too young to realize what he was doing when he lifted his leg. Now that I am older, I know that there’s motivation behind marking. And we have motivation to stop it! If your pooch has this behavior and you want to get rid of it, I have a few helpful hints for you.
First, it is important to understand the motivation behind this action. For male dogs, it is a way of marking their territory. Hence, the term “marking.” The difference between marking and when your pooch is peeing is that marking only releases a small amount of urine. Your pet will only release enough to let its scent linger on the item or object. Now, why on Earth would your dog need to mark its territory? That desire stems from feeling insecure, or a sense that its area is under siege, or intruded upon, by another person or animal.
So, how do you get rid of this behavior? Most people neuter their pet while it is a puppy, but even that may not stop the behavior from happening. One way to help curb it is to introduce all new acquaintances, including both humans and animals. This may help your furry friend feel less intruded upon in its space. However, the most important thing to do is to assert yourself as the leader. Dogs are pack animals, which means they travel in groups with a leader. With training, your dog will see you as the leader. Being the leader means you have to establish rules and boundaries with your pet. This normally happens when you train your animal, it but needs to be reinforced. This means that if you see your dog marking, reprimand it with a stern “No.” On the flip side, you should reward and encourage your pet when it does the right thing.
With a few simple steps, you will see a decrease in this behavior and bypass odors and stains in your home!
Did you ever have this problem of your dog marking? Share any tips you discovered with us in the comments!