Features September 2009 Issue

When Your Dog's Urine Marking Becomes a Problem

Five things to do when your dog . . . “marks” in the house.

Marking is not the same behavior as “my bladder is full and I have to pee.” Housetraining is just a matter of teaching your dog when and where to relieve himself. In contrast, marking is primarily a stress- or anxiety-related behavior, far more complex and challenging than housetraining. An occasional female will mark, but the culprits here are primarily male dogs. Here are five suggestions for dealing with marking behavior: …

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