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Old 07-22-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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I have four small dogs and I'm having a difficult time trying to contain them. I love them all dearly but one is a 10 year old non-neutered precious chihuahua that is intent on marking and remarking my furniture. I will have him neutered but I'm paying for trachea surgery on another dog and dealing with his hopeful recovery right now. I have tried belly bands, which my chihuahua (named BabyBoy) can take off etc... So I have purchased a scat mat which only works on the first dog to cross it because it has a 3-4 second recharge time...therefore making it inconsistent and confusing to all of them. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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When my cat went through a peeing on the sofa phase, we purchased the clear carpet protectors sold by the foot at Home Depot. They're about 2-3 feet wide and are cut to length. They have teeth that are there to grip the carpet. We put them on the furniture with the "teeth" side facing up. The animals would not jump on that stuff.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Scat mat has worked well for me, but I did not use it as a house training measure.

The only thing that is going to work for you is to take the time to house train the dog. You can not house train with gimmicks. It takes time and focus.

Use the belly band but soak it in bitter apple or original blue color Dawn dishwasher detergent so that the dog doesn't want to put his mouth on it to remove it. Or else use men's white cotton athletic socks and fasten them with a large safety pin.

The last adult dog that entered my household was put onto a restricted constant leash (umbilical). If he wasn't tied within 2 feet of me, he was in a crate. He was never ever unsupervised for even one second, so he never got to pee inside the house the first time. He was taken outside often and praised lavishly for relieving himself outside. Unless you want to invest time in somethng similar, you are going to have to live with the peeing inside the house. Your dog has no motivation to not pee inside. He also has a well established habit of peeing inside instead of going outside. It's simply become acceptable behavior in his little doggy brain.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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PS: If you don't want to retrain the dog to pee outside, you might be able to train him to use a litter box. Get him a large low sided box with some alfalfa pellets and restrict him to a small confined area with the box. Praise him when he uses it. Because he already pees all over, it will take some effort, but would be less effort than re-training him to go outside.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Would you consider neutering him? That's probably why he marks.
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