How to Tell If Your Dog Is Marking or Urinating?

You may be confused about if your dog is marking, or just plain urinating. These ways of dog peeing may seem the same to a lot of pet parents but they are, in fact, different.

In this article, we will help you distinguish the difference between the two, the signs to look out for, and the things you can do to help curb these concerns.

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WHAT IS DOG MARKING?

Dogs are naturally dominant animals and urine marking is your fur-baby’s way of marking and protecting his territory or things he thinks belong to him. Urine marking could also be a way for your dog to communicate with other dogs and with you.

According to Oregon Humane Society, dogs enjoy feeling safe in a particular space or area. They sometimes let other people and animals know this by marking.

But beyond these instinctive reasons for a dog peeing as urine marking, it can also mean other things:

  • Unspayed or unneutered dog. One benefit of spaying and neutering is to help curb bad behaviors in dogs, like urine marking. The Humane Society of the United States stated that spaying and neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking but not totally eliminate it. This is because it has become a learned behavior, spaying or neutering alone won't solve the problem.
  • Another animal is in his territory. Your fur-baby’s territory doesn’t only mean your home and all his belongings, it can also mean the things that have become familiar in his daily routine - like the path you always take on walks, the park you always visit, etc. If other dogs or animals have been to his “territory”, your fur-baby will urine mark to show dominance and assert that it's his.

COMMON MARKING SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Dog peeing may be urine-marking if:

  • the presence of urine is only in small amounts
  • peeing is usually done in vertical surfaces (but can still happen on horizontal surfaces, too)
  • your dog is potty-trained but pees when a guest or a stray animal have been to your house
  • he pees on new objects at home with unfamiliar scents and appearances
  • he has conflicts with other pets at home and marks to express his frustration and anxiety
  • your dog has an encounter with other animals outside your home

WHILE URINATING ON THE OTHER HAND...

Urinating, on the other hand, is simply your fur-baby’s way of emptying his bladder.

If your dog is emptying his bladder where he’s not supposed to, it is called inappropriate urination. If inappropriate dog peeing happens very often, it can be a sign of some medical problems like urinary tract infections.

The inappropriate peeing by your dog at home can be because of many reasons. It can be excitement urination, where your fur-baby urinates when he gets overly excited about something. It can also be submissive urination, where your dog pees when he gets scolded, hears loud noises, experiences separation anxiety, or meets people and animals for the first time. Or simply because of poor potty training.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Now that we've finally distinguished the difference between the two, here is what you can do to help curb these unpleasant concerns:

HOW TO STOP A DOG FROM MARKING IN THE HOUSE (OR AT LEAST CURB IT)

  • Consider spaying or neutering your dog. Doing so will lessen your fur-baby’s urge to mark. But take note that spaying or neutering your dog does not eliminate bad behavior.
  • If your dog lives with other pets at home and they oftentimes get into each others’ nerves, it is best that you resolve conflicts among them.
  • Always keep your fur-baby indoors and restrict any stray animals from getting inside your lawn.
  • Clean marked areas immediately with enzymatic cleaners.
  • Provide a stress-free environment away from stressors.

HOW TO PREVENT A DOG FROM MAKING ACCIDENTS AT HOME

  • Consider pee pad training your dog. Watch your dog at all times. When you see him about to urinate, get his attention by calling his name, whistling, or clapping. Calmly interrupt him and take him where the pee pad is or outside, where he do his thing. After he’s peed, don’t forget to praise him and give him a reward.
  • Avoid giving punishment as this will only scare him and will go on creating accidents as long as you won’t see.

HOW CAN PET PARENTS® HELP?

If cleaning up after your dog marks or urinates is too much of a trouble, you can have him wear washable dog diapers or belly bands for dogs. Meant to keep your home clean, these reusable dog diapers and belly bands are handy! Now your fur-baby can mark or pee without you having to worry about the messy cleanup after.

Also, if you have decided to pee pad train your dog, you can use Pet Parents® Pawtect™ Washable Pads. These pads have triple-stitched binding ensures that the pads won’t be torn to pieces by your dog. Made from a proprietary fabric blend, the pads quickly absorb and hold in more liquid than other options in the market.

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Telling whether dog peeing is marking or just emptying the bladder can be tricky, but we are here to help you lead you and your fur-baby to a happier and healthier life ahead!