February 22, 2008, Newsletter Issue #224: Household Marking Woes

Tip of the Week

Is your housetrained canine suddenly peeing in the house? Unfortunately, sometimes even housetrained dogs will urinate to mark their territory. You'll know he's marking if it's a small spray of urine instead of the normal flow you would see if he were relieving himself. The first thing to do is to rule out any health problems like incontinence or a urinary tract infection. If your dog is indeed marking, it could be due to insecurity or separation anxiety. Consider if there have been any major changes in his environment that could cause stress. One way to help curb the problem is remove any urine odor where your dog has marked. Here's a homemade recipe to do just that:

Add one part vinegar and one part water. Mix and apply to the messy area.

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