I just got back from Petco where my pooch is normally well behaved but this time he "marked" 3 teams (each time i took him out of the carriage) Is this because he is not fixed? I heard that if I fix him that that behavior will go away. Is this true? He's 7 months old.
Yes...not instantly, but as the hormones diminish he will stop marking. 7 months is definitely old enough to have him neutered. It will certainly help him with the marking in Petsmart/Petco or other places where there are other dogs smells and possibly other marking dogs. My beagle/basset mix marks outside at the dogpark, but never it Petco/Petsmart (he's neutered), and my friend's un-neutered pug/beagle mix marks constantly everywhere! The hormones effect whether they feel the need to mark their territory, so once they are no longer produced, the need to mark goes away. :)
Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. I have a few more questions, should i take time off of work when I have him neutered? How long do you think before I can leave him alone? Pardon my ignorance, i'm very new to dog parenting.
My dog was neutered in the rescue, so I never personally was with him, but neutering is generally a one day surgery..often the dog will be kept overnight, but it depends in the vet. You can leave his alone right away...he will be sore and whining, but he can still "hold it" for as long as normal. He may have an accident at first, but don't worry, he is not un-houstrained!! To help him to not lick the stitches, put neosporin or something like it on it right before you leave and leave him with something to chew on or a distraction. Just a note, you may want to bribe him with a treat or something he likes to put on the neosporin because it stings! They don't like the smell/taste, so thats why they won't lick the area! Good luck!! :)
Does he mark anywhere else, liek your home, or friend's homes?
Petco, Petsmart, etc are generally not that clean.. They try, but likely to your pup it smells like one giant toilet. Neutering may stop marking, it may not. But it will prevent things like cancer. I'd correct the marking, but not blame yourself or your pup too too much in a place where many dogs have gone to the bathroom without necessarily the proper clean up.
He doesn't mark in the house at all and he didn't used to mark at friends house until my brother-in-law's girlfriend watched him for a few hours. It was the first time he was away from us and they have a dog too.