How can I make my alpha male dog stop scent-marking in the house?
I adopted a small breed dog from the humane society, had him neutered, vaccinated, and micr-chipped. He is a wonderful, fun, and loving pet but he lifts his leg on everything around the house. He is very obedient in all other matters. Is there a special trick to get him to stop?
- Anonymous10 years agoBest Answer
checkout ASPCABEHAVIOR.ORG, they should have some advise
- 10 years ago
For one, stop calling HIM the Alpha. YOU should be the Alpha in the home, YOU should be the one in control of the home, NOT the dog.
First and foremost, set firm boundaries for him. The very MOMENT he lifts his leg, give him a firm "no" and set him outside. Look into the NILIF training method for some extra help.
Second, find any and EVERY spot he's marked, clean it well with either vinegar or bleach to completley remove the scent. The less of himself he smells in the house, the less likely he is to remark any spots.
Training, training, and more training. If needed, hire a professional trainer or behaviorist to assist you. There's really no 'special trick' to becoming the pack leader in your own home. Train and treat him just the same as you would a large breed of dog. Don't let his size fool or mislead you, he's still a DOG, and needs to be treated like a DOG of any size. No dog should be treated differently due to their size, etc... because they're still DOGS. Don't allow him to be the Alpha. Assert YOURSELF as Alpha, and that will do a world of good.
ETA: @ Josh - Read the whole question, the dog has already been neutered. Also, spaying/neutering doesn't always help in a situation where the dog thinks THEY are in control rather then knowing that the HUMAN is in control.
On a side note, forgive the caps, I'm not yelling, I'm trying to emphasize, lol
- daaLv 710 years ago
Yes, it's called house-training. This has nothing to do with him being an 'alpha male', he's just not been taught to do his business outside instead of in the house.
Take him out frequently, at regular times, and immediately reward him when he goes in the right place. When he is inside, keep him near you, watch him closely, and rush him out if you think he's about to go. Whenever you can't watch him carefully enough to prevent accidents, he should be crated.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Become his alpha maybe??
Clearly you let him do what he wants.
Get a bitter apple spray and that should stop him.Source(s): Meee
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- AliceLv 710 years ago
He is not housebroken. Buy a dog crate and get to it.
- Anonymous10 years ago
try spay/nueter him