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Old May 8th, 2001, 03:28 PM
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Arrow Dog is marking his scent in bedroom - Answered by N.Kitching

Question:
I have a 4 going on 5 yrs in June Yellow Lab. He is not neutered.
About 2 1/2 weeks ago we came home to find he had marked his scent in our 2 daughters bedrooms. Since dealing with the issue he has continued in the one bedroom, always in the same place. I've tried disinfecting with vinegar to no avail.

I have since needed to put him in the basement during the work day. For the first couple of days he was fine, until yesterday. He has never done this before and I have had other Labs who have not been neutered and never done this.
I know spring is in the air but I'm becoming increasingly annoyed. I have yet to contact our vet as I was hoping this would pass.
Any answers, he is healthy and physically fit as well as loved. Thanks, confused.



ANSWER:

Hi Confused,

First of all, may I suggest that you take your 4 year old Yellow Lab to the
Vet's to make sure that he doesn't have any infections.

Secondly, you might have to have him neutered. Don't be surprised if his
hormones will be active for a few months after neutering him as the
operation takes a while to take effect with some dogs.

Not knowing your scenario, your dog might be wanting to receive more
attention from one of the girls or from you. Does he receive equal amount of
attention from everyone? Your dog might be suffering from an "anxiety
problems" and he's trying to tell you so by marking his scent in your two
daughter's rooms.

May I suggest that you get yourself a crate for your dog and put him in it.
Now pretend it is a normal working day. All of the family should go out and
shut the door leaving him in the crate. After about 5 minutes, come back to
him in his crate. If he has been a good dog, praise him. Continue working on
leaving him in his crate for longer periods of time. Don't forget to keep
coming back to praise him for being such a good boy. After a while, he'll
enjoy being in his crate and he knows that he'll receive some attention for
being a good boy.

Good luck!

Nancy Kitching 2001

Nancy Kitching
Dog Trainer Member of CAPPT, CKC, OKC (Ottawa Kennel Club),
and Bytown Obedience Club in Ottawa.
156 Fairhaven
Hudson, Quebec J0P 1H0

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