this is what I read at a pet site: "Marking should not be confused with housetraining problems because marking is deliberate. This behavior will arise in dogs who may be trying to vie for the role of the leader in the household; marking is a way of claiming territory. It is advised that if you should notice this behavior indoors or out, you strengthen all obedience commands immediately. This will remove all doubts as to who is in charge around the house. WHY: Your pet has conflicts with other animals in your home. When there’s instability in the pack hierarchy, a dog may feel a need to establish his dominance by urine-marking his territory. If one cat is intimidating another cat, the bullied cat may express his anxiety by urine-marking. " Faith is having trouble establishing dominance with the cats. I waswondering if Faith is doing more marking than really having accidents from not getting out fast enough. They seem very deliberate and are all in an area she has just learned how to go downstairs to get to. ALSO it is inthe roomwhere we keep her crate. I wondered if she doesn't like that we have the computer moved down there and the kids are hanging out there. Just a thought. How do I handle territorial marking?
First off, it's usually male dogs that mark. Some females mark, but it's not as common, and I'd say it's only in older females, not puppies. Dogs in general don't mark regardless of age or sex until they are around 7 month or 8 months old, IE, they have reached/are reaching sexual puberty. A dog that has no contact with any other dogs takes longer to start marking in general, as it is to some extent a learned behavior. My neutered male dog Bowen only started marking outdoors after we got a second dog, he went the first 3 years of his life squatting. When dogs mark territory, they almost always mark an object. Not a space in the floor. Dogs mark trees, piles of leaves, legs, table legs, the side of a couch, etc. Basically what I am saying is I think Faith is going downstairs to pee in the same place because she's gone there so many times, it smells like pee, it smells like *her* pee. Dogs go to the bathroom where they've gone before. I really doubt this is her marking her territory.
Ok, so now she has gone there about 3 times. Why does she run to it and go quickly? She doesn't do that outside? My husband is, as we speak, picking up the odor neutralizer at Petsmart. IT is the least he can do. Once I have it what do I do with the general area? ALSO she went on her bed cover which we got off the bed quickly and washed. What do I do there? I think I am goingto put Faith in a crate If I can't watch her even ifthere is supposedly another ADULT inthe house. I jsut don't trust him. I hate feelinglike we are doingso poorly all the sudden. :( I just really need to know this will end. My husband is so bad about being a "glass is half empty" kindof guy. Why did I marry aguy like this being a chemical depressed person???
Definitely start putting her in the crate again, since for now you are the only one actually willing to commit to keeping an eye on her. Or keep the leash on her at all times when she is in the house. She does it quickly to try and avoid your displeasure (dogs dont think like we do, if you can't catch her in the act because she's running away and doing it, it'll just confuse her when you come down and see she's gone, and then get mad. She knows your mad, but doesn't make the connection that it is because she went potty down there). For now, since she's been able to get down there and potty without being caught in the act, she may think it's an acceptable place to go, and you will have to train that out of her.
if she's going in the same place it's probably not marking. odor neutralizer is a must; follow the directions on the bottle. with my pug, i had a bed for him in the living room because i thought it would be nice for him. well, he would nap there and take his pig ears there to chew, then he started to pee there on the bed. don't know why. i took the bed away and he stopped. he only had a bed in my room where he slept. so, maybe only have the bed down at night for her to sleep on. i, too, would crate her or tether her to you again when you're not able to watch her. she's still learning and if she hasn't been in the basement a lot she'll have to learn the rules for there, too. a trainer once told me that dogs love to pee on carpet. don't know if that's true, but it was true of my lab! maybe it retains odor too well.