I have a male and female Yorkie. I had them both trained to a doggy door and they went on my patio on a pad. When the female came into heat for the first time all that went out the window for my male. He hikes his leg everywhere indoors and out. Is there anyway to stop this, at least indoors? I know there are wraps but will this cure him or will he always have to wear them indoors?
You can keep the boy on a leash all all the time when he's inside and give him firm correctiosn when he hoists his leg. I'm goingn to presume your dog isn't neutered, how old is he?
WIth some dogs, once they start marking indoors it can become a bad and lifelong habit. If you have him neutered it has a good chance of reducing or removing the behavior, but with some dog once they start they never stop. Some unaltered dogs never mark in the house, mine is 2 years old and he's never once tried... but I've never had a female go into heat around him.
Well hes doing exactly what an intact male would do, so no there is no magic wand in this case. The behavior is not a disease, its what dogs do naturally. Chickens lay eggs, fish swim. Have the male /female neutered/Spayed (which may decrease the erges) But maybe it would be a good idea to confine the animals to a smaller area. If you start useing corrections the animals may just start hideing it all together.And they will never know why they are being corrected. Use the belly band if you have to.
Thanks for all your replies. I didn't have him neutered because I am going to breed them. I have tried to correct him in the correct manner and it doesn't seem to work. I do keep them confined to the ceramic tile area whiich is the breakfast room/kitchen/laudry room so they are not confined to a small area. Just wished there was a sollution to this besides nothing. LOL. She still goes on her pads but he goes on every corner and legs of dinning chairs etc. It would just be so nice to let them roam my home and join me in the living room except having to watch every move they made while in there or confining them to the couch with me only. What was I thinking (A Male and a Female) She is about to come into her second heat soon. I think Feb. Hopefully I can live through this, he goes crazy the whole time.
Keep the 2 dogs seperate when she is coming into, while and going out of her heat cycle. She should NOT be bred on her 2nd heat cycle.
Playing devils advocate here...tell us why these 2 dogs are so special that you want to produce a litter with them.
Anyone that breeds, should be breeding to better the breed, not just hodge podge, throwing 2 dogs together to make puppies, just because you can.
Sell us on the idea why these puppies will be worthwhile and not just like hundreds of other litters produced by countless other casual breeders.
How old is the male and how old is the female in this case?
Many un-neutered male dogs, especially those exposed to a female in heat, whether in their own household or in the neighborhood, will lift their legs on anything they deem appropriate to mark their territory.
Do you keep either your male or your female crated, seperately, when the bitch comes into heat?
I understand you concerns about breeding. When I bought these two it was mainly to give each other playmaes. I with much care and thought, am concidering breeding them. They have a very nice line of pedigree. They have great qualities and the breeder normally doesn't sell breeding rights but has agreed to allow me to. They are very special. The Female has a wonderful thick coat and is perfect. The Male has more of the silky coat and is exceptionally smart. They have a short nose and are 3 pds at 14 mo and 12 mo. I had my Patches for 17 yrs and breed her twice. I am not a breeder but would like to give my family pets they can not afford. I paid a pretty penny for my 2. I believe with all my heart that by breeding them it will only perfect their qualities. Thanks for your reply, but I was told not to breed on the 1st heat but the 2nd heat by the breeder I believe she has 30 yrs of experience and is very caring and protecting of her line.
My male bichon marks inside and out. He WAS neutered at 6 months old--as soon as my et would do it. So....some dogs will mark neutered or not. That said I spoke to my vet about it and he pretty much told me that he'd had a dog that marked and ended up giving the dog up because there was no way to stop it. SO....we bought belly bands and Baxter wears those in the house...and we've found he does it in stages....if something new happens or is added to the house...the marking starts up again. We did a lot of remodeling, added a new pup, etc etc...all these things seemed to stimulate Baxter to mark. We'll be remodeling another bathroom next month and then tearing up carpets and putting in new hardwood floors...LOL so I know I'll be buying new belly bands since we only have 4 and those he goes through QUICK when he is marking. Good luck with your boy. Baxter is the most snuggly sweet guy with us...that's why he's still here, Hubby kept threatening to rehome him and I forbid it. He's my baby....
"The Female has a wonderful thick coat and is perfect."
There's a good reason you should not breed. It seems you have some kennel blindness. No dog is perfect! You need to be able to recognize you bitch's faults and if you do choose to breed her find a stud that will compliment her, not just use the one you have for convenience. You should not breed on the second heat. The mother will still be a pup herself. Wait until they are both at least two years old. Do you plan on doing any health testing before you breed them?
Good grief all you self righeous uppity breeders or wackos...if this person wants to breed her dogs and takes care of them and is willing to find suitable homes it is no concern of yours if the dog is perfect or not...yikes this is what makes this forum one of the most unpopular sites in which to seek advice. She did not ask for a sermon or criticism she asked how to get her male to stop hiking his leg. Yes I agree that neutering at this point is moot, and this is more than likely a lifelong habit. A friend of mine also has a pair of Yorkies and this very same problem and OH MY GOSH she plans on breeding them,too. Alot of the unwanted animal issue lies in the responsibilty of the new owner to alter their pet. OH my gosh...I breed Dobermans and gee there seems to be a market for puppies and as long as people want my puppies, I AM GOING TO BREED THEM
What is wrong with a thick coat? Ginger's coat is thin and silky and it breaks off too much. Her half sister out of same mom, different stud has a beautiful THICK show coat that I would kill to have on Ginger. Thick does NOT always mean incorrect, it could just be lush.
Also, how many Yorkies do you think she is going to have? I would guess 6 max if she is lucky. She isn't going to have ANY problem what so ever finding them good homes.
I think it is great that she wants to give friends and family members the opportunity to have a VERY EXPENSIVE BREED at a price they could afford-- otherwise they may never be able to own a yorkie.
Some people are just never going to rescue for many reasons. Maybe they have KIDS or live in an APARTMENT, or SMOKE or who knows why they don't feel like jumping through hoops just do do a good thing. There is no sense of shoving it down their throats.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 1/3/2007 4:01:09 PM*** Reason: ad