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Hi, we have a 7 year old Lhasa Apso who constantly goes around the house marking everywhere, how can I stop it please?
He has not been neutered as the vet said that's not guaranteed to stop it!
Thank you

1.  Go into any pet warehouse store and ask an employee to take you to the aisle where you can find belly bands and diaper materials.  Bring the dog with you to fit it properly.  If he is wearing a belly band, HE CANNOT MARK.  HE CANNOT URINATE, impossible.

2.  Go back to square one and house train this dog.  Take him out every three hours to THE SAME SPOT.  Wait for him to lift his leg; be aware that he will be MARKING also and you do not want that.  The dog must be neutered; will it stop his marking behavior?  No, you will do that with re-training.  Will it remove the reason?  50% of it, yes, after testosterone levels drop.  As he urinates outdoors, say "GOOD PEE" and hurry back in.  If you have a yard, TAKE HIM OUT ON A LEASH, you are re-training.  Pretend he's ten weeks old.  He will begin to associate "GOOD PEE" with his own actions (urinating) after about 30 trials and will then acquire a command:  "GO PEE".

3.  Indoors, he must wear the belly band.  Do not allow him full run of the house until you have spent at least three weeks re-training and are seeing results.  He can wear the belly band INDOORS forever with no harm.  At age 7, he may be resistant to re-training (this is called "response perseverance") so you must be diligent and follow a very strict routine of taking him out.

4.  Remove water (unless it is very warm outdoors) late afternoon.   Ask your veterinarian about this before doing it.  If your dog has a good blood test result and his kidneys are working well, this will not hurt him.  Be certain to leave a full bowl of fresh water available for him from early morning to late afternoon.  Again, ask your veterinarian about water restriction.

5.  DO NOT ALLOW THE DOG ON THE FURNITURE.  Do not use clorox to clean up the urine; it smells like urine to a dog.  If he has a FAVORITE SPOT in your home to mark, FEED HIM THERE twice daily.

Report back in three weeks using followup feature.  TY.

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