Marking and Scent Spreading Behaviors

by Steph Mahrle

A word about ‪#‎marking‬... How can you tell if your dog has a ‪#‎territorial‬ marking issue? The dog will ‪#‎pee‬ every few frantic seconds. The dog is typically ‪#‎pullingonleash‬, and rushing to reach the next pee spot. Why is territorial marking a bad thing? The dog becomes overstimulated on the walk, and instead of just having a simple walk for exercise and a potty break, the walk takes on a certain frantic, anxious mojo of its own. Very few dogs territorially mark, and have zero other issues on the ‪#‎walk‬. Which is why this is a correctable offense. If you want to mitigate issues like ‪#‎leashreactivity‬, interrupting the territorial marking is crucial, because it sets the tone for the rest of your interaction with your dog. The dog should be corrected and redirected to focus back on ‪#‎heeling‬ calmly. So how can you stop this behavior? Allow your dog to pee straight away twice after exiting your home. Dogs pee once to relieve the pressure of the bladder, and a second time to ‪#‎void‬ the ‪#‎bladder‬ entirely. The other correctable offense on the walk is scent spreading. Scent spreading is that behavior where the dog kicks grass or dirt after peeing or pooping. The dog is essentially spreading its scent as far as possible in order to leave a more distinctive, obvious scent for other animals. That same state of mind which is kicking grass far and wide, is the same state of mind looking to pick a loud fight with other dogs and/or people while on leash. This is how you train a ‪#‎calmfamilydog‬‪#‎GoodKarmaTraining‬ ‪#‎getfamiliar‬ ‪#‎hydrant‬ ‪#‎Yorkie‬ ‪#‎Yorkies‬ ‪#‎Clichédogpic‬‪#‎cliche‬