I recently got a male Chihuahua and am attempting to house break him. He is marking his territory inside and is not traing at near the rate our female did. Does anyone have any experiences or tips they could share?
Is he neutered? Intact males tend to make awful pets- marking is a natural occurance in male who hasn't been altered, and is VERY hard to diminish. Neutered males and females housebreak at the same rate.
i had more trouble training an 8 mo old recently neutered male american eskimo than i did with my female when she was 11 wks old. he got much easier about a month after neutering, when the hormones were fnally evened out.
I have a 15 mo. old foster chinese crested that marks everything. Even when he goes outside, he has certain rounds that he makes. He never pees all in one spot like the rest do, and he even makes a point of going to each of the other dogs' pee spots and marking over it....in some cases, he actually hikes his leg on my female Crestie while she's mid squat. He's been with me for almost 6 months now and I've tried everything to no avail. I make him wear a belly band 24/7 with a sanitary napkin in it to catch the pee & pull it away from his skin.
He came from a home that a 12 yr old intact male Xolo, and he wasn't neutered until he was 10 mo. of age. I believe marking is a learned behavior as my other two males do not mark at all. I also had a female foster crestie mix that marked all the time...she even hiked her leg to do it.
The best part is I found a wonderful new mommy for my marker boy (obviously, with full disclosure of his squirting habit) and we're working on the transport to get him to her now.
That's great about your foster's promising new home, Crestiemom! :)
Yes- marking CAN be a learned behavior. But most males will start to lift their legs naturally around 6 months of age- which is why it's SUCH an ideal time to neuter! Females can learn to lift their legs when their male family members do- as can squatting males. But actually MARKING- is a hormone induced behavior. It BECOMES learned- which is why, once it starts, it's SO difficult to stop. :(
That's a great suggestion about doggie hotpants. They look silly- but will save your furniture. A MUCH better possible "fix", though- is neutering at or before 6 months of age.
Kai was not hard to housetrain. I did get him neutered when he turned 7 months though. My Chow mix is not neutered and all he wants to do is mark the entire yard when he goes outside. He never pees in the house though.