So I’ve been doing research on breeding dogs lately, and most of the things I read say that the male dog is going to mark my furniture when the female goes into heat. This bothers me because I just got new couches, so I decided to see what other people do. I know I’m not the only person in the world who has a male and female do dog, both of whom are still intact. Anyway, one of the first answers I found were this…
“Spay (or neuter) first. Spay or neuter your dog as soon as possible. The longer a dog goes before neutering, the more difficult it will be to train them not to mark in the house. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.” (I found this HERE)
Since I own a 3-year-old male dog (George) who has never been neutered, I know that this is a myth. George was house trained before he started marking anything, and he only tried to mark once in the house, when we first got Ginger.
This article has got me thinking. A lot of places say that the dogs need to be broken(a.k.a. fixed) and that if you don’t makes the female more prone to all sorts of cancers and things. Now, I understand that people need to know the risks, but nobody pushes that blue food coloring gives you brain tumors, as a matter of fact, most people don’t even know. So why worry dog owners so much? I don’t know. But I do know that you don’t have to neuter a dog for him not to mark in your house. If you put enough effort into it you’ll have them so well trained by the time they mature enough to mark that they won’t even try in the house.
If you need a book on house training your puppy or dog, How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days by Shirlee Kalstone, is a good book. I did not use this book to train my dogs, I used the old fashioned method that everybody says you aren’t supposed to use: Rubbing their nose in it and spanking them and then putting them outside. Then you praise them when they do their business outside. WARNING: This worked for me and my dogs because I wanted to praise them, I made sure to take them out every two hours. I didn’t want to spank them. the reason that I do spank my dogs when need be is because Proverbs 13:24 says, “He that spareth the rod hateth his son.” And I figure that if the Bible says to use it on your kids, then it must work.(And it does if used properly)
Sorry, I guess I got a little worked up there. I just don’t like it when people lie and take advantage of others. What I was trying to say is,”Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.” If you’re not sure if the internet is right, ask someone you trust that has experience. Although I don’t know how honest veterinarians are about that type of stuff, they do make money off of all those surgeries. Don’t Take my word for it. If you trust your vet, then ask them.
That’s all for now,