Ok, I have a question about Maui's behavior and I was hoping to get some help. Yesterday, I saw Maui lift his leg to pee for the first time (he usually squats). The problem is that it was to pee on the corner of the couch. I was completely shocked. He has never shown this type of behavior before. I am guessing that it was to mark his territory. Does this seem correct? Anyway, today he tried the exact same thing again. This time, I caught him really soon after he started so only a drop or two of pee got out.

I put him outside immediately. So, is this marking? If so, what causes that? There are no other dogs in the house to compete with as far as territory. He is not neutered and almost 9 months old. Would neutering him cause this marking to go away or lessen? What other things can be done to reduces those marking urges? Thanks a ton for any help. It is greatly appreciated. Take care.
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. The problem is that it was to pee on the corner of the couch. I was completely shocked. He has never shown this type of behavior before. I am guessing that it was to mark his territory. Does this seem correct?

Yep.
Anyway, today he tried the exact same thing again. This time, I caught him really soon after he started so only a drop or two of pee got out. I put him outside immediately. So, is this marking?

Sure seems like it. Besides getting him out, did you tell him it was WRONG?
He is not neutered and almost 9 months old.

Why the hell not?
Would neutering him cause this marking to go away or lessen?

It could go away, it could lessen, and training along with it is imperative if you want it to go away. The only dog I kept intact was intact until 8.5 years and never marked indoors, not even the first time he had a real Christmas tree. he marked plenty outdoors. It's a bit matter of what they think of the owner's role in their life.
What other things can be done to reduces those marking urges? Thanks a ton for any help. It is greatly appreciated. Take care.

Train, train, train, train and then train some more. Neuter him. You can try "Comfort Zone" which helps some and not others, or a "belly band", but IMO training is the key, not diapers.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I said "Maui no" and picked him up to carry him outside. Then I said "pee out here" when we were outside.
He is not neutered and almost 9 months old.

Why the hell not?

it was scheduled and I had to cancel and I just never rescheduled. I am not sure of the pros and cons so I wanted to research it more and then it I decided to do it, I wanted to research the methods more too (how different places sedate the dog).
Would neutering him cause this marking to go away or lessen?

It could go away, it could lessen, and training along with it is imperative if you want it to go ... tree. he marked plenty outdoors. It's a bit matter of what they think of the owner's role in their life.

I don't understand what you were saying here. Can you elaborate?
What other things can be done to reduces those marking urges? Thanks a ton for any help. It is greatly appreciated. Take care.

Train, train, train, train and then train some more.

what training is specific to marking? He is in obedience classes and is doing excellant. As for housebreaking, this was his first mistake in the house in months and the first time I saw marking at all (in or out).
It's a bit matter of what they think of the owner's role in their life.

I don't understand what you were saying here. Can you elaborate?

He doesn't respect you.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
but IMO training is the key, not diapers

What she said.

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I don't understand what you were saying here. Can you elaborate?

He doesn't respect you.

he marks because he doesn't respect me? no offense but that is total bull, at least in this particular case.
he marks because he doesn't respect me? no offense but that is total bull, at least in this particular case.

marking is merely ONE of his behaviors that you've posted about, that tell me that he doesn't respect you.
Marking is a housebreaking issue with a twist. Training, training, training, training..

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
he marks because he doesn't respect me? no offense but that is total bull, at least in this particular case.

another way to say it is that he's marking his territory because he either thinks he's in charge, or he wants to be in charge. he's testing you to see if you let him be the boss.
so let him know that you will not* let him be the boss. practicing obedience whenever possible is a good way to reinforce his place in your pack. for example, if he wants out, tell him sit and wait at the door, then let him out. if he wants attention, don't give it to him until he sits or lies down (on command, of course). at dinner time, put him in a down stay, then put the food down, *then release him to eat. do these exercises every time he wants something. never give him anything for free.

my dogs learned this quickly, and now use a sit to say, "please let me do/have that", a down to say, "pretty please", and a sit, down, sit, paw to say, "i'm dying here, come on, give in". so i just have to find them new things to do. :-)
-kelly
As for housebreaking, this was his first mistake in the house in months and the first time I saw marking at all (in or out).

This was not a housebreaking "mistake". Marking has little to do with housebreaking. It's a separate behavior. If you continue to allow him the opportunity to mark, neutering will not help. He will continue to mark as long as you allow it to happen.
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