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03 Dec 2004

7 month old male Scotty peeing everywhere except outside!
We have 2 Scottish terriers, brother & sister, 7 months old. The male continues to wee in the house, on the kitchen floor, in his basket!!!! The dogs are outside the whole day, but as soon as he enters the house, he wees!!! When someone comes to visit, he wees right in front of them. I don't know what the problem is, please help!!

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01 Jan 0001

Hi "Pee Problem"
First of all I suggest that you have him checked by your vet in case there's a medical problem. If that's all ok, then it sounds like your male dog is doing one or all of these things: Puppies often urinate when they greet older dogs or humans that they consider senior, so weeing in front of visitors is probably a sign of respect. He will grow out of this and I suggest you don't reprimand him or punish him at all for this. Make a point of greeting him or introducing him to visitors outside, so the weeing doesn't matter. Weeing as soon as he gets inside may be the same thing (to greet you) or could be caused by a general feeling of insecurity outside, so he saves it for a safe place - inside. Young pups will not urinate or defaecate too far away from the "den" at first and perhaps he just has to do a bit of growing up. Take him out for daily walks outside your property and allow him to sniff and greet other friendly dogs and their "markings". He may be confused because of your reactions to him weeing, so be patient and consistent in ignoring all the unacceptable behaviour and praising and rewarding all the good behaviour. When you are at home take him outside as often as possible and play with him or just amble around the yard. As soon as he does his thing outside say "good boy!" in a light friendly tone and perhaps give him a piece of biltong or play a game with his favourite toy. When he makes mistakes ignore it completely and clean up when he isn't looking.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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