Mar 16, 2007, 6:53 PM
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ON THE MARK! GET SET......SPAYed!
Re: [shuwen84] Female Dog Humping Then Pees
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Even if a pup or dog is well bonded to the owner, he/she might not see the owner as the leader of the pack. A young dog having a bold, assertive temperament might be more prone to marking behavior. The following steps for establishing leadership and eliminating marking behavior for such dogs. This program puts the person in the leadership role in a positive, nonconfrontational way.
Sleeps in her crate/room!
Where a dog sleeps is of much status-related import. Sleeping ON your bed makes him your equal. Also, being on a physically elevated level can fuel a dog's perception that she is top dog, even over the people of the house. So keep the dog off your bed and other people furniture. If the pup is assertive, have him sleep in her crate in the kitchen during the behavior modification program.
Works for a living.
Most dogs were originally bred to perform certain jobs, and this remains in their nature from generations of breeding. Generally, either you give them work or they make up their own. A young dog might make up a game called "Taking over the house one wet spot at a time". Have the dog come, sit. off, quiet or down for EVERYTHING - every door opening, every meal and treat, every time she comes to you make her do stuff!
Avoid spanking and other punishment!
Dogs typically do not make the connection that the owner is scolding them because they marked. It is better and more effective to educate instead of punish. Spanking a dog for marking only makes her think you did NOT get the point last time, so she marks AGAIN and more clearly. He may defecate as well. "There" she says to himself "Surely, they will get THAT message!" Instead of punishing, you must take steps to change the relationship and establish that you are leader.
One wet spot and it is house arrest for four to six weeks. That means in sight, on lead or crated (or otherwise confined to a safe, puppy-proofed area). No exceptions.
Make sure you clean after your dog properly with strong detergent or soap. Dont let her remember of the pee odor because she will think that is her spot/'toilet' to do her business!
Leg lifting and marking can be resistant to change, though, when marking at a young age, or when new to your home, the dog may just be trying out his wings or testing the boundaries. Spaying one of the absolute first steps to controlling marking as well as other problems. Done early, spaying can help you avoid such problems altogether.
Spaying alone will probably not eliminate territorial marking if this is a learned behavior. This is why neutering before a dog reaches maturity or comes into heat (typically by age six months) is such a good idea. Neutered early enough, the dog will not learn marking behavior.Spayed dog is a happier, healthier, more behaviorally balanced dog. After neutering, it takes a few weeks for the affected hormones to stop circulating.
In dogs neutered at a mature age, the marking may have become a learned, habitual behavior and will need behavior modification. Also, if you have an intact (unspayed) female in the house, this may add to the difficulties of breaking the habit. Female dogs urine mark, some even raising a leg when doing so. When in heat, the female uses marking to broadcast her reproductive state to prospective suitors. For reproductively intact female and male dogs, urine communicates, attracts and arouses. Thus, another good reason to spay (female) neuter (male).
Some canine behavior specialists recommend that, particularly if the dog displays dominance and/or has aggression issues with other dogs, to discourage the dog from marking objects (fences, gates, signposts, bushes, etc.) when walking. Of course, allow the dog to relieve himself or herself. But if the dog is marking to claim an increasingly larger territory, try to discourage this behavior.
(This post was edited by Milosevic on Mar 16, 2007, 6:56 PM)