Marking has nothing to do with urinating and emptying the bladder.
I have yet to have a male dog that marks when on lead , when on walks. It is a dirty habit that builds frustration with your own male and others who need to mark and re-mark to maintain their territory. The job is never "done".
It can create anxiety in the less than confident male , and it can cause dominance competition which then spins the need to mark and re-mark to new levels.
It is dirty when the dog marks produce baskets or the corner of some wrought iron ornamental barrier which creates the boundaries of an out door side walk cafe .
Not funny when you are the patron .
Well - it is not their territory .
Read a good study put out about 20 years ago for trainers of service dogs . A by product of that study was that a lot of urban male to male dog friction and aggression could be vastly reduced by not allowing the male dog to mark.
Study then expanded to problematic dogs that marked within the owners home - marking the sofa and other furniture.
A big part of the resolve there was to have the owner pro-active assertive , not having the dog dominant and expressing it by claiming HIS terrritory .
"I don't mind him sniffing every once in a while, but stopping and peeing at every markable object is annoying."
which is it then?
On lead -- obedient , walking with YOU on YOUR route . Or you escorting the dog on his circuit.
The dog who sniffs and marks in his own zone , not attentive to you .
Easy fix . Do all your potty busines before setting out .
When you are going for your walk the dog can be in a casual heel position , but no stopping and sniffing and no marking. If he starts to set up for a mark then you give a little pop to the leash and keep going .
He does not need to do it.
so who is in charge ?
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Last edited by carmspack; 08-20-2017 at 10:36 AM.