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Dogs Marking Territory in House?

asked 2018-07-19 12:40:11 -0600

I have 2 dogs that are potty trained but they do mark over each other on the walls, chair and table legs. They will even mark the area rugs that are behind our backs while we are sitting watching TV. So I don't see it when it happens. We finally got new area rugs that cost a few hundred $$$. So I want to make a repellent/deterrent and get ahead of the game. The Natures Miracle No More Marking does NOT work. I wondering if I mix some white vinegar with water, citrus oil and kiwi oil if that may work? Has anyone tried something like this? I am trying to find a great homemade blend of essential oils I can mix in with the vinegar to help curb the desire to mark. Any help is appreciated. TIA

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I have found that over time as my dogs got older and have become comfortable with the fact that there is no competition in breeding within our home, they don't mark in the house anymore.

Latrellis S.'s profile image Latrellis S.  ( 2018-07-20 09:19:02 -0600 ) edit

Most deterrents are made with Grapefruit or some other citrus extract, as dogs generally don't like the smell or bitter taste! If you're going to try a home remedy, I would try something along those lines.

Calee W.'s profile image Calee W.  ( 2018-07-23 20:34:52 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2018-12-22 02:02:27 -0600

I’d like to have an answer for our situation.

I often see answers of “make sure to let the dogs out enough, for a long enough duration“, but we usually let the dogs out in the backyard, or take them for a walk, every couple of hours, and at least 20 minutes each. PLENTY of time for them to empty their bladders.

Yet males AND females, always come back in the house and pee. Several spots, throughout the day. It’s causing lots of tension in the house and stress.

I understand that the OCCASIONAL dog will pee as it’s a new place. Usually once. Maybe twice.

But dogs we have watched several times before, will pee all the time, everywhere.

We are very caring and loving. We do not yell at them. We don’t do anything that scares them.

We clean old pee spots up with enzyme remover and they still smell the old spots, as well as create new spots.

We don’t want to stop pet-sitting. As we need the income and we love animals. But this makes absolutely no sense to us that we let them out plenty, and they are familiar with our house, especially if they are repeat clients, yet they still Pee everywhere. Sometimes, the more we watch them, the more it seems they pee.

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