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How to Stop a Dog From Marking in The House
How to Stop a Dog From Marking in The House

Why do Pomeranians Mark? 

A Pomeranian dog of any age can mark their territory. Dog marking is not actually an issue with housebreaking. Instead Pomeranian marking problems are behavioural issues.

Dogs of both genders will mark their territory, but it’s not because they’re not housetrained or don’t know where to do their business.

Dog Marking isn’t just a case of peeing when needed.

They deliberately spray a small amount to mark their specific territory. Homes with more than one dog will find this is a more common occurrence.

Dog Marking Territory in House

Male Dog Marking Behavior:

• He only urinates a small amount in a single spot.

• He keeps peeing in that exact same spot.

• If he’s fully housetrained and never drops faeces in your home but he does pee to mark the spot inside.

• This behaviour is more common in dogs that aren’t desexed. However, if there’s another dog in the home that isn’t desexed and the first one is, then marking will still occur.

How to Stop a Male Dog From Marking in The House

  • 1. Using a mild cleaner, clean the spot that has been marked. If the cleaning scent is strong, he’ll be triggered to mark it once more to cover the cleaning scent. Find a good quality formula that kills enzymes and breaks the urine down into small particles so hardly anything remains.
  • 2. Try to block your pet from seeing dogs outside as they pass by. Sometimes the sight of a dog can cause your dog to mark again. Close curtains or doors, to ensure he can’t get to windows where he can look out.
  • 3. Turn the marked area into a space for playing in. Rub his tummy while he’s on his back, pat him, give him treats and have general fun.
  • 4. Neuter or spay all your dogs because they’re less inclined to mark territories.
  • 5. The moment you spot your dog starting to mark, yell loudly to distract and stop him and then take him straight to his toilet spot. If he urinates there, pat and praise him.
  • 6. Pomeranians sometimes mark territory to show their dominance. It may happen if a dog thinks he’s the house leader, or if he doesn’t know but is trying to be the leader.

Why The Behaviour of Dog Marking in Multiple Dog Families Is Complicated 

If there’s a proper hierarchy, in a home with one dog, the people are the leaders (aka alphas) and the dog becomes the beta. However, if there’s more than one dog, there still needs to be a beta leader (top dog). Of one or more dogs are unsure who the beta leader is, they may fight for it. A Pom may mark his territory to prove he’s the beta leader.

You can help avoid problems by deciding which dog is the alpha dog. Then there won’t be fights to decide it. The oldest dog is generally the top dog. However, observe them at play and see if a different dog is pushier when getting fed and selecting toys.

If a dog isn’t the alpha dog, it doesn’t make him any less of a dog and he deserves just as much love and attention and everything else that the alpha dog gets. Once the alpha dog is established, both dogs will be happier as they know where they fit into your household. It’s normal for you to do things for your alpha dog first.

For example, when you give out food or treats, he gets his first. When it’s time for a walk, his harness and leash goes on first. These seemingly small and insignificant tasks will assist your dogs in feeling much more secure about you as the main alpha and demonstrates that you know their roles in their “pack” as well. 

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.
[2] Denise Leo “Training Your Pomeranian ”.

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