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14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2012, 16:19 Retired
Blue wrote on Aug 6, 2012, 14:41:
sauron wrote on Aug 6, 2012, 13:39:
This behavior is male territoriality (try saying that after 2 pints of beer!), so I'm assuming he's entire?

In a younger dog, getting him fixed might solve the problem, but in older males like the Gunnar-man it probably won't help - too late for it to make a significant difference.

He is, as they like to say "intact." I've seen it argued both ways whether this contributes to the tendency to mark, but most seem to agree that it does, which also seems the intuitive answer. But even those who feel that neutering helps with marking seem to agree that by the time he's all grown up this horse is out of the barn, so while we may be tempted to castrate him as a punishment, it doesn't sound like it will solve our issue.

yea at that age it is just mean. All 3 of my pups are fixed. 2 boys 1 girl. The 3 yo choc german short hair marks EVERYWHERE - thank god OUTSIDE! He also consumes huge amounts of water and must be rationed. I still will crate all 3 of them if needed, and the 3 yo does well when crated to stop the peeing if he is left alone for more than 8 hours. He doesn't mind and routinely all 3 will sleep in their "kennels". They are all setup in the house and they love them.

But they mostly sleep on the leather couches. I have only had 1 peeing incident since the 4th of July when our roomate passed away. They were used to having someone there almost all the time so they had lots of outdoor freedom. Last week the 3 yo slipped up (I knew this as he did not pee outside when I got home and the other 2 did) Now they have to go a couple hours before they get attention! hehehehe

I just need to keep water up if need be.

Good luck Blue. Nothing more frustrating than a peein pooch in the house....
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