I have a 18 months old male lab and now we recently got a male yorkie. Well the lab is house trained but ever since the new yorkie has been in the house the lab seems to be marking a lot in the house. My question is how can i get him to stop doing that. I know the yorkie is still working on potty training so he has had accidents in the house. How can I get the lab to stop marking in the house. Any suggestions would really help, tired of cleaning up mess, hehehe, not that I wouldn't do it and throwing him out of the house is a no no. Thanks.
Is the lab neutered? That would be the first course of action.. followed by only letting him loose when you can watch him. He goes to mark you say uh uh and correct the action. Every time the dog marks inside it reinforces the behaviour.
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He is not neutered, and not sure if I am ready to get him neutured as yet. I am getting another lab and I may want to mate them. It will only be one litter if I decide that is what I want to do, but not until the lab is at leeast 2 years. I was just hoping there is another way of controling the marking. When they are playing together we try to keep an eye on them, but he tends to get sneaky. When the yorkie has accidents we try to clean it up right away and clean it with the stuff used to reove the odor and stains so the lab won't try to get there. But we may have missed a few places. We have caught him in the act and thankfully just as he is about to begin and yell no and he stops. Just wish there was another solution that could help.
Well he is not the most fantasic lab, was just looking for some ideas that may help to lessen the occurences. As far as showing and conformation, I am don't live in the US, I live in Costa Rica. I have grown fond of the breed, and the pups that I would like to have is for my own keepings. I have 2 famiy members that would like a pup each, but the rest from the litter is for my keeping, I am in no way planning on selling any of them. That is why I said one litter. like I said i have not nuetered just in case I want to do the litter, but if I choose not to do the litter after I get my second lab then I will definitely nueter, was just looking for some solutions in the mean time. Thank you for your advice.
I also have a labrador retriever, a male. We've been very very lucky, he's only marked indoors a single time, and that wasn't even at our house, but in a business. It's the change in routine, the addition of the new dog. The fact that the new dog is peeing in the house, however unintentional it is, is making your dog instinctively want to let this new dog know the territory of your house. It may stop, it may not. In my personal experience, if your lab boy makes this marking behavior into a habit, it will be virtually impossible to stop.
Keep him on a leash at all times in the house, and close off back rooms so he can't get into them and mark when he isn't on the leash. He's probably marking the same places in the house, so be extra vigilant when he moves in those areas.
Regarding breeding your dog.. I have a UKC champion labrador retriever, that's got some of his AKC championship points as well, and I'm very very reluctant to breed him to any dog, even though he's got all his health clearances. Labs can have large litters.. you say you have family lined up to take a couple of pups, but what if the female you breed your dog to has 10 puppies? It's a definite posibility, it's unusual for labs to have under 6 puppies at the bare minimum in my experience. Don't breed for such a poor reason.
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Minniyar, thank you very much for your advice. I will definitely try and keep him on the leash when in the house. He loves playing with the Yorkie, and while I try to keep a close eye on him, like I said he can be sneaky. I try to keep him in my room most of the time, but then I would end up having to do something and with the quickness that I leave them alone, he would mark. I am kinda noticing it is more or less the same places the yorkie has had accidents, but I will try and do the leash thing.
As far as the breeding, it won't be for another 2 years or so before that even happens, and like I said, it is not something I have made up my mind to do. I just wanted to not neuter him just yet to keep that option open. I am getting a second lab puppy, and have not made up my mind whether it will be a male or a female. It should be around fall time, and so if I get a male then I will be neuturing him, and if it is a female, then i am gonna hold out, but that would be the bitch he would mate. That is why I said it won't be for another couple years. Thank you very much once again, you have been very helpful.
New pup and intact young adult male pretty much equals marking. Sorry. It's a natural behavior. He is letting the new guy know this is HIS territory.
Crating and watching him like a hawk when he's out are really the only way you might be able to break him unless you neuter. You will also have to watch him carefully for several months after neutering, until the testosterone clears his system.
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Unfortunatly, I have to agree with everyone else. Keeping an intact male with other dogs does equal marking. When you get a female, it can also equal agression to the other male. If you male lab decides to be dominate either before or after being bred, he could easily kill your Yorkie, just keep that in mind.
As far as showing, you should look for shows in your imediate area. The last thing the world needs in another backyard breeder adding to the shelter problem, it doesn't matter what country you live in. You made the statement you are going to keep the pups other then those 2 or 3 you are giving to friends/family. You do realize that could mean you would be keeping as many as 8 puppies? Labs have large litters. I understand you are not planning on doing anything until he is older, just think long and hard about it.
OP you could also try using a belly band in the house. Then when he goes to mark, he ends up soiling himself, since the pad will hold it against the skin he may find it distasteful and will stop the behavior. But it may have to stay on in the house indefinately for an unfixed male the urge may be too strong.
I occassionally dogsit for others, and if the males mark in the house I use the belly bands. It is my experience that they work wonders. The first day or two you are changing the pad all the time and by the end of the week they can go without the belly band and no marking.