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How do I stop my Yorkies from marking?

I have 2 female Yorkies. The youngest is around 3 but I have only had her for about a year. She is the sweetest little girl. But she constantly marks. So I am relentlessly checking behind her. I can't get her to stop. Got any advice?

Hi Sarah,

I'm sorry to hear your cutie-pie is a piddle-monster! The good news is there's probably a solution. You just have to uncover the cause. Hopefully I can help. First, I have to ask if your females are spayed. Un-spayed dogs are more likely to urine mark than spayed females. In fact, urine marking usually happens more frequently just before they go into heat.

If she is already fixed (spayed), there could be other causes for her inappropriate urination. There could be social triggers if other pets are near by or if she feels threatened at all by the other dog. Anxiety can also trigger this behavior. Is there anything happening that might be causing her to be nervous or anxious?

Finally, her urination can be the sign of a medical issue such as incontinence or urinary tract infection. Also, some diseases or medications can cause frequent urination. One last cause could be that she's eliminating because she needs to go outside more frequently (little dog, little bladder).

So, depending on what you think might be causing her unwanted peeing, you can do the following. Have her spayed. Make sure she's being let out or walked several times a day to empty her bladder. Remove or be mindful of anything causing her to feel threatened. Then, if those changes don't fix the behavior, she needs to see the veterinarian for further diagnosis and behavior modification advice.

Best of luck to you and "the girls"!

Kristen Buck60x60

Written by:
Kristen Levine, Pet Lifestyle Expert

September 23, 2013

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