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Why Dogs Mark

There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing your dog raise his leg to mark inside your home. It’s bad enough when your dog has an accident in the house, but when they mark on purpose, it’s incredibly frustrating. In our next blog, we’ll go over a few things you can do to help to minimize the marking, but before we do, it never hurts to gain insight into why your dog is marking in the first place. This insight may even help you to correct the problem at its source without the need for taking any additional steps. So, without further ado, here is a list of the most common reasons why your dog may mark inside your home.

#1. Your dog has not been spayed or neutered.

Dogs who have not been spayed or neutered — or who are, in other words, still reproductively intact — are much more likely to mark inside the house than dogs who have been spayed or neutered. In the case of unspayed females, marking is almost always a sign that they will soon be in heat.

#2. There is an exciting social situation.

In some dogs, urine marking is triggered by particularly exciting social situations. For example, some dogs will only mark when they are in a place where another dog has previously marked, and others will mark when they are overstimulated or aroused by the current situation. In these cases, dogs will occasionally mark on other dogs, nearby objects or even people. Some male dogs will mark when there is a female dog around, particularly if the female is in heat.

#3. There is something new in the environment.

When your dog senses a new dog — or maybe even a new person — in their environment, which can consist of the house, lawn and even the route you take when you go on walks, it may compel them to mark. Even a residual smell of urine left by another dog in your dog’s environment can cause them to mark.

#4. Your dog is anxious.

Whether your dog has separation anxiety or anxiety related to any other cause, it could lead to marking in the house. There are so many things that could be causing anxiety in your dog, including new people or objects, a change in their environment and many, many others.

#5. Your dog hasn’t been properly trained.

It takes time and patience to teach your dog to only do their business outside, and if your dog continues to mark inside, then there’s a good chance that you’re not done training them yet.

If your dog marks inside your home, shop with us at Mednet Direct today for the best potty training pads on the market. While puppy pads may not be able to solve every marking problem, they can help to protect your home while you work to find a solution. Shop our high-quality puppy pads, and be sure to stay tuned for our next blog to learn how to prevent your dog from marking in your home.