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augerk 03-26-2014 08:11 PM

Marking his territory... Inside the house
 
Recently Smokey has been peeing in the family-favorite chair. After someone gets up he will jump in, which we have no issue with. However we have noticed that after he leaves the chair there is a nice wet spot that happens to be pee. We are thinking this is a territorial thing because he will purposely do things to get us out of the chair! Every time we clean the spot up with Nature's Miracle and put him outside. How do we stop him from peeing in the chair? If the answer is keeping him off the furniture what are your begs suggestions as to how to do that?? Thanks for any advice in advance. Kelsey


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hunterisgreat 03-26-2014 08:18 PM

Male dogs **** their leg to pee. If he's peeing while sitting in the chair, he likely needs a vets help

augerk 03-30-2014 06:55 PM

Marking his territory... Inside the house
 
Smokey does not lift his leg to pee. We thought this was a problem that needed to be brought up with the vet as well, especially because he already has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. However, he lays on my bed, his blanket, and all over the floor throughout the house and does not pee anywhere else except this particular chair.


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Mary Beth 03-30-2014 09:21 PM

Smokey reminds me of my grandma's cat. She had her favorite chair and no one was allowed to sit in it. She used her claws instead of peeing. So to me, there are 2 choices: 1. give in and let Smokey have the chair and nobody sits in it that hopefully will discourage the marking or 2. train Smokey not to go on the chair. To do this, I would first get Smokey in his own chair like a raised dog bed or another kind that he may like - something off the floor and put it in the same room. When he starts to jump on the people chair, say "No mine"sharply and lead him to his chair - say nicely "this is yours" and put a treat on his chair. This may take a while. There is something else you could try which is to make the people chair uncomfortable. I have never tried this but have read about it. Do this when Smokey is outside. Set mousetraps on top of the chair, put a towel or a thin blanket over it to hide it. Let Smokey inside and wait. What is supposed to happen is that, the traps spring shut when Smokey jumps on the chair but don't hurt him as they are under the towel but it is the noise that scares him and discourages him from jumping on the chair.

e.rigby 03-30-2014 09:44 PM

Honestly, it doesn't seem like he's marking the chair; it seems as though he might be incontinent. I'd take him to the vet and have him checked out.

jocoyn 03-30-2014 10:25 PM

I would see the vet (agree with the others; this is most unnatural particularly since he sits in the chair) and NOT allow him in the chair. Give him an alternate place that is his own to relax and CONSISTENTLY tell him no on the chair and take him to the alternate place and reward him. Frequently reward him for being on "his" spot.

wolfy dog 03-30-2014 10:29 PM

Throw away that chair, it will always smell like pee to him at least and maybe/probably to you as well. Males mark by standing up and most lift their hind leg to do it. Never knew about a male sitting down to mark. I think you should take him to the vet for an urinalysis. Then crate train him.

SuperG 03-30-2014 10:33 PM

If he is marking the chair....it seems like someone needs to claim rightful ownership to the chair.....maybe you should "mark" it.


SuperG

augerk 04-02-2014 09:53 PM

Thank you all for your responses. I think a vet appointment is in order. Smokey was been diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 10 months old. Uncontrolled bladder is a symptom of this. This is the first dog I have owned that has been diagnosed so young... Which leads me to the question of what does uncontrolled urination in this chair mean for him/his hip dysplasia?? And why is it only in this one chair?


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e.rigby 04-02-2014 10:41 PM

Could be how he's sleeping (as in the position he his in while he's in the chair). Believe me, dogs do not mark in a 'sleeping' position!!!


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