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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:29 PM
On Friday we bought Stanley the 2 year old (?) maltese x poodle (?) from the shelter.
I've only ever had female dogs so of course the male 'lifting his leg' on everything is new a new experience to me. Thankfully we've only had 2 accidents in the house since he's been home, and the peeing around the yard is calming down now he realises it's his territory.
But when we go out, of course it piddle piddle non-stop, about every metre or so! Should I be limiting it, especially we he goes to pee on park benches, outside of buildings etc? I just feeling like I will be rousing on him the whole time. Of course he can go for his life on the grass and trees.
He has only been desexed for 2 weeks so not sure if it's a hormonal thing still as well and it will settle down?
Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:46 PM
I never yelled at mine for peeing outside but I'd tug them away from things and distract them if it was somebody's flowers we were walking by or the edge of a house or something. Just tug and distract is what I did for that stuff as I didn't want them completely confused about what they could pee on outside.
I also don't feel terrible if they've had a chance to pee and now we're just walking if I don't let them investigate EVERY SINGLE TREE with equal enthusiasm because otherwise instead of the km of walking I and they need, we'd spend all day getting to Tree 4, iykwim. I sort of let them go, then tug/distract for a while and do some walking, then let them go, etc. But I knew I didn't have any rhyme/reason they could see so I didn't get mad, I just worked on leash manners. It worked pretty well.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:50 PM
Yeh I'd only stop him if its something you reeaaally don't want him to pee on lol, apart from that let him enjoy himself peeing on every second tree.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:00 PM
Yes I never let them actually do it on someone's front garden tree but I don't expect a dog to know what's a tree in the woods and what's delicately cared for landscaping.
I do suspect one of girl dog I know would have taken special joy in peeing on only expensive plants.
Honestly though, snuffling everything and peeing where other dogs have peed is not just the males. The girls do it too and take just as long smelling all the smells.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:01 PM
He's leaving pee-mail to let all the other dogs in the neighbourhood know that he's moved in.
And I'm not quite kidding. He is leaving a scent marker so that he belongs in that territory.
As long as its in a fairly discrete place, and not on anything anyone is likely to touch or sit on, its fine.
Oh, and if you don't want him sniffing and peeing every step of the way, speed up to a brisk walk - its very hard to sniff and spray if you're trotting (the dog, that is).
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:10 PM
I just tug mine away from whatever I don't want them to piddle on. I limit them to the occasional tree or shrub that obviously isn't part of anyones garden. They are not allowed to pee on fences or gates, letterboxes, garden plants, car tyres, buildings, bikes or anything that moves.
They soon learn they can't just randomly lift their leg and pee wherever they want.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:12 PM
Oh, and it's not hormonal. My neutered boy lifts his leg with as much enthusiasm as the entire one, and my neutered girl is the most diligent of the lot. She prides herself on peeing with her leg lifted higher than any of the boys.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:40 PM
When I had my dog trained the trainer said the dog should only have to actually pee once while out on a walk and as all the other 'stops' were not necessary to just tell him to 'leave it' and keep walking. My dog never stops anymore (usually gets his first, long one out in the first 5m) and it makes for a much easier, nicer walk. He never poops on a walk either... saves it for the backyard. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing!! Lol.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:43 PM
I'm going with 'good'. Carrying a bag of poop around isn't all that much fun. Pooper-scooping the yard is less um, revolting.
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