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> Scent Marking, In neutered male dog
Pam13
post 6th Apr 2012, 7:29 pm
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Just something that has got me thinking today so thought I'd ask the collective wisdom that is DP!

Mac was neutered young, thought he was about 9 months but in reality he was probably only about 5 months old. He is fear reactive, kicks off and very gobby, but a trainer/ behaviourist friend commented today about him lifting his leg very high and scent marking a lot. She had said she hadn't seen it in a neutered dog before and thought it quite odd.

Anyway just wondering if anyone elses dog does this or if anyone has any ideas or thought why Mac is doing this.
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post 6th Apr 2012, 7:48 pm
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My Taffy dog was neutered at maybe 2 years old. He is a scaredy, fear aggressive boy. He cocks high and scent marks a lot.

My BC girlie was spayed at 5 months and scent marks everywhere! In fact she pees while in a handstand unsure.gif She is a happy, well-balanced girlie smile.gif

IME it seems not to matter if dogs are entire or neutered, secure or insecure. Some scent mark and some don't dunno.gif
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post 6th Apr 2012, 7:51 pm
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Remy has always marked - he was neutered at 10 months. Linc actually marks more - he was done maybe 5 or 6 months ago (don't know exactly but definitely under a year old). If Remy marks, he will immediately go over the top (and often over the girls' marks, too).

Yet the dog that marks the most by far - almost obsessively - is my 13yr old bitch who was done most likely between 6 months and a year old. And yes, she will cock her leg so long as she can stay upright!
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post 6th Apr 2012, 9:24 pm
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I have had three neutered dogs who marked.

My last dalmatian marked . He did start cocking his leg at 16 weeks old but stopped when he was neutered at 9 months old.
However he started cocking his leg and marking again at 2 years old.

Murphy was neutered at 14 months and continued to cock his leg and mark.. He always marked where my dalmatian went, then the dalmatian marked on top of that and then Murphy marked on top of that.

However the one who marked the most was my retriever bitch. She only started doing it after she was neutered at 4 years old and she cocked her leg as high as it would go.

I used to get odd looks when someone saw her cock her leg and then I referred to her as female.


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post 7th Apr 2012, 10:10 am
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I presume you mean scent marking outside rather than indoors? Both my neutered boys cock their legs high and scent mark and will do it one after another. One wasn't neutered till the rescue did it when he was two and a half, I don't know about the other one but I suspect it was done when he was young. I'm surprised by your trainer's comments, I thought it was pretty common.
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post 7th Apr 2012, 7:05 pm
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My neutered males scent mark much more than my entire boys and will mrk over the top of eahc other when out. Tis a blooming nuisance
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post 7th Apr 2012, 7:57 pm
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IME it seems not to matter if dogs are entire or neutered, secure or insecure. Some scent mark and some don't dunno.gif


I don't know about all dogs, but my dog marks less since being neutered. He was neutered at 5

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post 7th Apr 2012, 9:49 pm
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Beth, spayed female, scent marks during handstands everwehere , she can reach higher than most boys with a combined technique of agility and geometry .
Barney, neutered male, does his best with limited equipment . But enjoys competitive weeing given the chance.
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post 7th Apr 2012, 10:44 pm
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Here are Patricia McConnell's thoughts about marking behaviours:

The Power of Pee

and here is part 2

Overmarking
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post 9th Apr 2012, 9:06 am
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Banya, spayed female, now 11, scent marks and always has done smile.gif
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post 9th Apr 2012, 11:40 am
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Interestingly, Murphy always scent marked where Hovis went, then Hovis scent marked over that, then Murphy went again over that.

When Hovis marked he went once, whichever way he was facing.

When Murphy marks he goes once lifting one leg, then turns round and goes again raising the other leg.

We lost Hovis last year and got Cleo at the summer.

Murphy ignored where she went until a month ago. Then he would go and sniff where she went but not mark.

Last week he started marking where she went. He stands beside her and waits until she's finished (thankfully) and then marks, first from one side then turns round and marks again facing the other way.

He has only ever marked 'family' so Cleo must be accepted as family now.
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post 11th Apr 2012, 3:37 pm
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Curly marks outside all the time, slightly less than he used to pre neutering! Noodle also marks though not as much, its taken her about a year to get into it(she was spayed last may)what I do have to watch is curly, otherwise he will mark on her head if we don't watch it! lol.gif my last dogs (all netered/spayed)did it too.
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