Hiking leg on everything in the house! Help!

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Sept 14th, 2008 08:38
West Virginia
rharper
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I have an 8 month old male shihtzu-peekapoo cross. He was very well hosue trained. Recently however, he learned how to hike his leg, and now, every morning before anyone is awake, he quietly goes into the living room, hikes his leg and pees on something. First it was a basket fountain and a plant. We moved those thigns, thinking that would be the end of it, but now he found a basket to hike his leg and pee on.
   
How do I stop this? He was house trained fine until he learned to hike his leg, and this is getting very redundant.
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Sept 14th, 2008 23:28
Florida
HoundHelper
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Has he been neutered? A dog that is not neutered is much more likely to display this behavior.
   
An eight month old puppy is still quite young to be completely potty trained. It's not uncommon for them to have relapses at that age. I would suggest considering using a crate at night.
   
If you catch him hiking his leg inside, give him a firm "No" and take him outside. Be sure to praise him for going outside.
   
If he is urinating on carpet or fabric be sure to use a cleaner made specifically to remove urine. Nature's Miracle is what I use.
   
Good Luck!
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Sept 15th, 2008 22:07
California
arklady
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I just finished a week of blogging about house training issues (link below). As the other post suggested, get the dog neutered first.
   
You can use an odor neutralizer and also get DAP (dog appeasing pheromones to help stop the dog from marking.
   
Think about this: What changed in your household that might have triggered the behavior?
   
Once you identify what happened it will help you correct it--but start with neutering.
   
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