I would crate him if you can't be right where he is. How old is he? Is he neutered yet? That might help
It is usually enough to fill the liner in his belly band, but I know it is marking because he will do it even after he has been outside and peed to his heart's content.Hmm, this isn't totally unheard of for a neutered male.
First things first, are you sure he is marking and not just peeing? Is he housetrained? Usually marking is only a small amount. A puddle makes me thing he is just doing his business.
I had thought about that with the shoes. The people I work for recently got a 13 month old vizsla puppy, of whom Perry has met and is dominant over (if you can picture that, lol). He was also with me by himself and the vizsla for 10 days while I house/puppy sat and is insanely jealous of my female dog right now. I let her sit in my lap while I was on the computer, and he stood with his front feet on my leg crying. Not a hurt cry, but a very upset cry that I have never heard before.If he really is marking, or doing a combination of marking and relieving himself, then there are a few things that might be causing him to do it. Some reasons for marking might be that he feels insecure, or certain smell of other dogs and animals you might have brought into the house via your shoes might be causing him to mark them specifically.
The Fiance and I have lived together for over a year now, and Perry didn't come along until March/April this year. Perry loves The Fiance, and doesn't mind cuddling up or even sleeping with us/just The Fiance alone. It could be that and I am just loveblind to the symptoms, but I haven't noticed anything. I will have to ask The Fiance (whom only really pretends to like Perry for my sake.)Though, him trying to mark your fiance might mean he feels insecure around him. Are you and your fiance living together? If your fiance recently moved in with you, or visits often(whichever is the case) then he might feel threatened by him.
Any idea on how to help that process out, if that is the case? With the other three dogs, we never had a problem before. TheGirl was just always the boss, then came TheGrey, and then came TheProblemChild. I guess Perry just got shoved in that without much warning. He definitely sees thegirl as the boss, and thegrey lets Perry (literally) walk all over him, so I never thought it was a problem. (ProblemChild would eat Perry with glee, so they have only met through the wires of crates.)I know it's frustrating to have to guard your shoes(a girls best friend IMO lol) and clean up after him, so I hope all goes well.
Another scenario might be he was trying to mark your fiance's shoes and any smell that might have been on them. Or he could just be feeling threatened. If he is feeling threatened and insecure it might be because he is confused as to where he stands in the pack. Not saying he is trying to be the alpha and dominant, but just confused as to his position in the pack.
He isn't really able to leave much pee in the area that he so chooses... one upside of the belly bands. He really ends up just peeing on himself, and I figure it out when a small poodle that smells like pee wants to sit in my lap.Could you use those belly band things for him and if you catch him lifting a leg get him in trouble for it but he's not leaving behind a scent?
I hadn't thought about taking him to the vet over this yet, but that is an option... The last time he was at the vet, he was a wooly mammoth, so I'm sure they would be surprised to see him again! (My vet dilemma is another story for another thread topic... essentially, I hate my vet's office. They have several different vets, and you never see the same one. There is only ONE vet that I like, and I've only ever seen him ONCE. However, that being said... I LOVE the girls that work up front and the vet techs I have met. The girls up front always remember us and our dogs and make us feel welcome. One of them in particular is kuku for cocopuffs over TheGreyhound!)Taxtell said:If this is newish behavior, there is a possibility it could be physical.
Maybe ask your vet if you can drop off a urine sample to check for infection or crystals.
See, I was entertaining that idea... that he feels neglected. However The Fiance is quick to point out, that I am "nicer to him than even TheQueen"... which I suppose on some level might be true. Don't tell The Fiance I said THAT though! Maybe I did treat him better and give him more attention when he first arrived at our house because he was lost, obviously scared, and needed someone to take charge and make sure it was okay. Now that he lives with us and knows where his next meal is coming from, I may have backed off a little. He still gets more "picked up and loved on" kind of cuddles than anyone else, because he's the tiny one. TheQueen is 27 pounds, and rolls around like croc when you pick her up. She isn't a fan!cuddleparty said:Spencer - could it be that little pee pee pants is pissed off (haha.. sorry.. not funny, I know...) at you? Is he feeling sad? neglected? Is he trying to get your attention? Dogs usually go for their owner's precious belongings when they want some extra love and attention, right? Is he doing this to get attention from you? Even if he is getting in trouble, he is getting noticed.. something is better than nothing!
I hope ya'll are able to work out it.