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How do I get my pug dog to stop hiking his leg inside?

Asked by GoJessGo (846points) March 29th, 2011

We adopted a 7-year old pug in January. He has started hiking his leg on our bed posts and on the walls. My husband is SO mad! I really need some suggestions to help him stop or he is going to have to live outside. HELP?

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theninth's avatar

Is he neutered? Neutering will help with territory marking.

Is he well-exercised? Pugs don’t need really long walks, but regular outside play will help stop the in-house peeing. Crate training also works wonders.

If your husband still insists that the dog live outside if it doesn’t stop, please consider having the dog re-homed. Outside is NOT a safe option for a dog like a Pug.

crisw's avatar

One thing you can try is putting a sock or belly band around his middle, so when he tries to pee inside he pees on himself- which usually gets them to stop. Here’s an artcle about it.

SpatzieLover's avatar

You adopted this dog in January. Have you gone for training with him yet?

Do you take him out frequently and reward him with treats when he does his job outside?

Do you put down potty pads or lock him up when you will be gone for hours at a time?

Have you washed out the smell of his urine from the house? If not, no matter what you do, this behavior will continue.

EDIT: When you adopted the dog, did they have a clause that requests the dog back if things do not work out? Pugs do not belong outside. If this arrangement is not working out for you, you should call the shelter/rescue you adopted from.

Aster's avatar

We adopted a bichon once who did this all day. Right in the center of our tiled sunroom. We had him neutered. Then he kept leaving and going to neighbors’ houses. Then he began spending the night with the neighbors. So I called them and she said he didn’t do that in their house and that they’d love to have him. Turns out he was bored and wanted us to take him for walks. We had cougars in the area and I refused. So he found a new home and we got 2 new bichons who actually like being with us. These two go to the potty inside now about 3x a year and, unlike the stray I described, are very affectionate with us and with each other. The End.
ps your dog needs to be taken outside after each meal and rewarded each time then brought directly inside afterwards. Then taken out in two hours besides after meals, always with a treat.

GoJessGo's avatar

He is neutered and we are very careful to let him outside frequently. He is played with an exercised every day (and very well loved and spoiled) We wonder if he is marking his territory?

I know pugs don’t belong outside…I would never put him outside…we have an area in our garage for him if we are going to be gone…just wanted to clarify :-)

SpatzieLover's avatar

@GoJessGo The garage really isn’t a good option. A crate indoors is.

He could now be marking his territory as his house now smells like his pee. Initially, he needed to go out, and wasn’t taken out. Has he been trained to alert you when he needs to go?

lonelydragon's avatar

Unfortunately, pugs are among the most difficult dogs to housebreak. You say you take him out often, but make sure you have him on a schedule. This will reduce accidents. If that doesn’t help, then he is probably marking his territory. Make sure that you find a good odor remover when you clean up areas that he’s marked, or else he may return to them.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Actually it’s not just pugs, but all tiny breeds. Small breeds=Small bladders

My sister has a teacup poodle. His bladder matches his size.

We have two pom-a-poos. One of which despises getting his feet wet on damp grass. He prefers to stand outside, then come in and use the puppy pad ;)

We used to babysit a yorkie that hated the outdoors. His owners trained him to use the bathtub/shower stall. That was the only place he’d “go”.

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