Location: Dogsey and Worcestershire
Joined: May 2004
Originally Posted by pamsy56
Hi, I have rescued a westie called Harley about 3 weeks ago and the only problem I have with him is he likes cocking his leg all the time and if you leave anything on the floor he marks it, please can anyone help me, I love him to bits and will not give up on this he is so adorable.
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Originally Posted by pamsy56
Sorry for not answering earlier, yes he has been castrated, its getting worse, if I stop to speak to someone he will mark my leg or a bag I have put down to put his lead back on him if I have come out of a shop. When I walk him I have tried not to let him cock his leg until I get to where I want him to run around, but every morning I am getting up to him weeing in my kitchen and I am almost sure he has marked some where where I have not found it, any ideas pls
as Claire says it is early days yet and your little dog may still be feeling a little unsure of his new surroundings. The territorial marking should improve as he settles.
I would for the moment restrict his access to all but a couple of rooms and make sure he is 'empty' as possible when around the house. This means taking him out to relieve himself at frequent intervals through the day as you would a puppy (after sleep/food/play/excitement/last thing at night/first thing in the morning). Take him a short walk preferably to an area frequented by other dogs so their scent will stimulate him to eliminate and when he goes give him a treat and lots of praise.
You can also train your little dog to eliminate on command using a prompt word so that he learns to 'go' when requested and that doing so outside in your presence is rewarding (and going inside brings no reward).
To teach this I would take your little dog out armed with some high value treats like tiny pieces of chicken or cheese. First he needs to learn a prompt word (I say 'be clean')when he is in the middle of
relieving himself say the word you have chosen so that he learns to associates the word with the action, then the moment he finishes going give a treat and lots of praise
He should soon learn to go when you use the prompt word.
Also thoroughly clean any areas he has previously soiled
with a none ammonia based cleaner like biological washing powder. I would also buy some pure oil of lavender (from a health food shop) and rub a little on any areas where you think your dog may be cocking his leg .It will deter him and make the house smell sweet too.
When I walk him I have tried not to let him cock his leg until I get to where I want him to run around
I would not do this it may confuse him, scent marking anywhere outside is to be encouraged.
if I stop to speak to someone he will mark my leg
Has he been taught to sit? Practise sitting at home using a treat as a lure. When you are going out have some treats or a toy with you .If you stop put him in a sit, he can't cock his leg then
don't forget to treat and praise for sitting .