Dog marking in the house can be a very annoying habit of your furry friend. But first - is he marking, or peeing? As similar as these might sound, before you can find a solution you need to know which one to pin on your dog.
Peeing in the house happens when your dog cannot hold his bladder any longer. He might be completely house-trained, but if not enough opportunities are given to relieve himself, he will do what he must!
If a puppy is not yet completely house-trained, there will be the occasional accident. Either he doesn't quite understand where he's supposed to go, or his little bladder is full.
So, peeing is if your dog or puppy squats, or what he normally does outside, leaving a large puddle behind. If this is the case, you need to keep working on house-training him!
On the other hand, if your dog (usually a male) lifts his leg and urinates on an object, he is marking. This is done to an upright object most often, such as a chair leg, furniture, or doorway.
To a dog, peeing in the house and marking are two different things. Just because he is house-trained doesn't mean that he understands that marking in the house is unacceptable as well.
Many people incorrectly think that their dog is angry or getting back at them for something. Guess what? Dogs are not vindictive - they don't do things for revenge or hold grudges! This sort of complicated thinking is reserved for humans and monkeys.
Since it's not out of anger or revenge, why do dogs mark?
Probably one of the largest reasons for marking is feelings of insecurity or a perceived threat. "Perceived threat" being: a new baby, a new pet, visitor, new furniture, or even the smell of other animals on your shoes or clothing. Even a change in routine can bring anxiety (demonstrated by... you guessed it).
Before you try any of these methods, take your dog to the vet for a check-up to rule out infection (i.e. bladder) or of him being senile (in an older dog).
You want to catch him in the act! It might take a couple weeks, or it might only take a few days.
If male dog pees on upright objects, it's usually a sign of marking.
As far as dominance control goes, obedience training is one way to show your dog that you are the one in control. Learn the difference between dog training classes and training at home, as well as different dog training methods for you and your dog or puppy!
Remember, the best way to avoid any bad behavior is prevention. While dog marking is a nuisance, it can be controlled and the habit of doing so in the house can be broken.