My pug is now 5 years old and for all this time he's been marking every single corner of my house! I've sprayed the house to keep him from going back, and now he started 'peeing' on my husband and son's pillow!! Why is he doing this? He gets so much attention. Should he be neutured or get a mate???

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Firstly can I ask how much exercise he gets outside of the home and garden, I am asking this because I understand it is difficult to walk Pugs in hot climates. My reason for this is that most male dogs will spend their time marking outside the home as they are advertising their presence. I would consider having him neutered, this often cuts down the number of pees.
Mating would really do nothing with this problem as far as I can see, it might even make things worse.
I would also try re-training him as well. Every time he looks like he is going, whip him outside.
Also restrict the area he can go, keep him out of the bedrooms, use a crate. If he has never had one you will have to get him used to one, he will not wee where he sleeps.
You have my sympathy as I had a similar problem, but with our dog Angus it was separation anxiety and we were forced into keeping him restricted to one room when we were out. I know if I had the information that I have now, I would not have had this for his entire eleven and a half years of his life.
Hi me again, I had a bout of insomnia last night and I chewed over your problem and this is what I came up with.
Firstly, your Pug is ruling the roost, the picture in your house is He is top, you follow and your Husband and Son are his minions. So the first thing you have to do is reclaim the house. All of you must take turns at feeding him. Son if he is old enough to do this. You must put his food into his bowl and then in front of him pretend to eat from it before giving it to him. The Alpha of a dog pack always eats first, you all are his Alpha. Secondly as I said in my first message, you must give him boundaries, Bedrooms out of bounds, not on sofa's unless invited, and he must have a routine of outside exercise, this will empty him out. I know that you say he gets a lot of attention, this might also be the problem, and only you can answer this, he should only be given attention when he does good things, anything bad and he should be ignored. If you catch him marking, put him into the garden otherwise ignore him. I would consult either a good book on dog training for other ideas before you go down the road of neutering, though this may help it will not be a panacea.
As I said previously, if I had known ab out these things when we had Angus things would have been so different.
Thanx for this Helena! Peanut's 'boss', my son Rudi, takes more care of him than the rest of us in the house (myself, husband & Rian). Last night I told them all to start loving him more, give him more hugs and then see how he behaves. I totally agree with the setting of boundaries. I mean - Peanut rules da house!!! I'm gonna print your reply and then da family will have a discussion on this and make sure we get to an agreement. Have a great day!
Love to Peanut, remember only hug him when he is good, or you will never get him to stop peeing.
Again, Helena is right on target. (come to the US and work with me Helena...) Neutering will help. Marking is a dominant behavior. This again goes back to pack behavior. Your pug is trying to exert his presence in your home--trying to tell everyone that your home is his territory. You should take note that he is urinating on your husband and sons pillow, both males. This could also start on your items of clothing as well, indcating that he is claiming you (the female) as his territory also. An interesting fact.......male dogs do not have to lift their legs to urinate. A male canine can tell everything he needs to know about another male dog (one that may even be a rival dog infringing on his territory) by the smell of another canines urinating place. They can tell the size of the dog (height of urine stream),their health, age, etc. It is amazing. I have seen male dogs actually hop while urinating on one leg in order to get the stream to hit higher. One more thing you might try, we use something called a bellyband to train our male therapy dogs. It is a very comfortable cloth strip that wraps around the mid section with velcro for comfort. This works very well. You can make them or buy them. If you need more info on making them let me know. They are a snap to make. This will absolutely help with this problem.
I appreciate all this info so much!! Denise, please tell me about this bellyband.... never heard of it before. Do I strap it around Peanut's belly.... and then what?

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