Maybe this has been discussed before, if so, sorry. Baxter will be 4 years old in April (Bichon Frise) and he marks in the house. I had him neutered as soon as the vet would do it at 6 months old, have discussed it with my vet and basically he told me nothing can be done and when he had a dog that marked in the house he rehomed it. So we've bought belly bands and watch him all the time. --None of the other 5 dogs are prone to this behavior! Baxter goes through phases when he does it often, then wont--usually when change has happened or something new brought into the house (furniture etc) which makes me wonder why do we hear so much about small breeds doing this? I'd never heard of it when we had large breed dogs. I've wondered if it's because I've been indoctrinated into believing it's a "small breed thing" and deal with it? Thoughts on it? Has anyone a large breed dog prone to it? Anyone dealt with it and stopped it?
--Thanks a bunch Kristen and... Baxter and Sophia (bichons) Sampson and Piper (lhasas) Todd (pomeranian) and Benji (lhasa mix) ...and the human family too. ;-)
Nice vet you have there, he seems really commited to dog ownership. I have a Maltese that marks and the best advice I can give is to get a belly band. I see you've already done that, do they not help? I don't why it seems to be a small dog problem, except that it does seem more accectable for the little guys. They leave little puddles. In my Malt's case, he was a rescue and was at least a year old before being neutered. Besides belly bands, I try to contain him to a small area w/ me and take him out every couply of hours. Can you imagine having a Lab lift his leg on anything? I think I would kill my Rottie if he did it. People just wouldn't tolerate it from big dogs. Also a lot of large dogs live outdoors. (Mine doesn't btw.) My Rottweiler was purchased as a puppy and crate trained from day one. Was your boy crate trained?
Yes he was crate trained and does not mark/pee/poop in his crate ever but of course he isnt in his crate all the time. For example there are time swhen he'll get excited and start running around playing with the other dogs, then he'll in the middle of playing run over and mark on something--it's super fast and he really doesnt care if you see him. The belly bands do work at keeping it off the floor/edges of furniture but he will SOAK a belly band within 15-20 minutes. On the rare day that I work 9-5 and they're alone it's either band him all day or crate him all day. :( Banding him all day ends up with a stinky/stained dog--keeping in mind he's a bichon so he's supposed to be WHITE not yellow! I am really starting to wonder if it's because it's more "accepted" with small dogs. NO WAY would one of our goldens ever have done this! He did this even before we had any of the other dogs so I know it's not them. In fact I remember saying to my husband after we brought Sam home "good thing he started this weeks ago or we would have thought it was the new dog"! And of course we would have. --I myself was surprised by my vet's response to that. Obviously following his "lead" wasn't --and ISNT going to happen. I adore this dog I just would also like him to stop this!
Hmmm, I've heard some people use maxi pads in the belly bands b/c they adsorb more. Did the vet do anything to rule out a medical condition? I believe it's more common in femals, but maybe he has some sort of incontinence issue. 15-20 seem like a short time to soak a bellyband. I would talk to a vet first but maybe you should limit his water. Does he drink excessively? Maybe you should start over completely with the crate training. Treat him like he's a new puppy. Trust me with a Maltese, I can definately sympathize with you on keeping them white.
The vet has checked him out thoroughly, there's nothing wrong with him (bodily) it's him! Yes I can laugh about it right now but some days..... He does not mark in the house every 15-20 minutes it's when he has the band on that he will soak it in that time. Leaving him in his crate he's good as gold no issues. It's definately not when he needs to go, sheesh walk him and you'll find at each and every corner, fence post, telephone pole, large rock he must psrinkle. In the house he'll do it if I go into a room and shut the door--take a shower? Bet the corner of the door will be "marked" as well as a couple other choice spots. We use Simple solution to clean it and we got rid of all carpets and put down hardwood floors so it's no chance it's an old scent. --Even replaced subflooring. Thanks for trying!
Everyone of my pom males mark in the house. When they are in they have belly bands on. It becomes worse when I have a female in heat, and the feminine pads (even the heavy ones) do not absorb enough. My solution is baby diapers, I pull out the blue inside elastic and just wrap it around them I secure it with adhesive tape in lue of Velcro. These absorb better and I don't have the problem of the dogs becoming so soiled.