There’s an awful lot written about this, why dogs mark stuff by urinating on it. If I didn’t find it so tragic the answers that are given, it would actually be quite comical to me. The two most egregious errors that are commonly made are, ( 1 ) A dominant dog marking what he considers his. And ( 2 ) A pack that is marking their territory.
This is yet another case of people reciting what they have read in dog training and behavior books. Unfortunately many of today’s dog trainers and behaviorist are simply following the information of animal researchers that misinterpreted the inherited behaviors they were observing.
Remember there are five related packs that I study here at Spirit Animal Sanctuary. Not to mention the four non related packs I also observe.
I’m going to address the first of the given reasons for marking, since it does the most irreparable damage to new dog owners looking for answers. If a new dog owner is searching for how to solve a marking issue they are having with their dog. And read the experts advice, that the dog is attempting to show his dominance by marking things he considers his. How much longer do you think that young dog or puppy has to live, if the owners think they have a dominant dog on their hands.
Just about every dog marks new things.
I will tell you right now, most of the pack will mark the same thing, one after the other. Although you do have some dogs trying to mark the object at the same time, can you guess what happens when they do this. That’s right, they piss on each other. Let me get back to why the dominant dog theory on marking behaviors, is all wrong. The alphas of our packs, sometimes they are the first to mark something and sometimes they are the last to mark. But if you believe in the dominance thing, he would be the only one to mark something. Because the lower pack members would know better not to try and mark the alpha’s stuff, or they would get attacked.
Marking their territories
This one even know they have been getting it wrong all these years, is not that big a deal. A dogs life is not going to end because of this misinformation. Animals don’t mark their territories. To give you an example, wild coyote packs are always passing through our land. Pack animals in nature will routinely roam a vast area of land, fifty to a hundred square miles or more. To think that they would mark or even care about the areas they roam in, could only be thought up of by man. It makes sense to us to mark our territory or property lines, not animals. While dogs, it doesn’t matter what breed they are, German Shepherd breed, Poodle breed, Coyote breed or Wolf breed. When they are wandering around they love to urinate on anything that they like the smell of, or anything that is new to them. That’s why people often have some housebreaking issues, when they bring a new dog into their home. everything is new to them. Or when someone buys a new living room set and their dog starts peeing on it.
By the way, if your having a hard time determining whether or not your dog is marking something or it’s a housebreaking problem. When he has accidents in your house if it’s a little bit of pee, he’s marking. If it’s a lot of pee, he had to go to the bathroom and this is a housebreaking issue. And neutering or spaying your dog, although you should so no more dogs have the chance of dieing in a shelter, may or may not help out with your marking problem.
The Spirit Dog
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