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    If things go as planned (and they never have when it comes to fostering!) I will get my first foster boy Saturday. A 7 year old black lab (I think he even has papers).

    Anyhoo, he's pretty stressed (he was taken in by the rescue group yesterday) and is marking (apparently alot). I need advice on how to be proactive with this (meaning, how to be on top of the issue and overcome it as best and as quickly as possible). He is going to be neutered tomorrow so on top of all teh changes he'll be abit out of it and sore when I get him.

    I will be sure to have plenty of paper towels and there is a new bottle of nature's miracle in the cupboard!

    so basicly:
    - how to handle the marking
    - how to make it a smooth transition for the poor guy (who is stressed)
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    Zeus marked exactly once when we first brought him home. I was worried about it because our yorkie still has accidents in the house and even though they are cleaned up with an enzyme cleaner I'm sure there is still some smell there (he pees on things that are hard to clean). Anyway I think the main thing is to watch him really closley the first day or two you have him. Maybe even keeping a leash on him as much as possible. We caught Zeus starting to mark the wall downstairs (someplace I know Smeagol peed) I gave a quick AHAH grabbed his scruff (they don't wear collars in the house too much bitey face) and took him outside immediatley. He's never tried it again. He was also allowed on the couch before we got him but I didn't want him on there at our house, he tried getting on once at our house I corrected him the first time and he never tried again (to my surprise). Also when I was transporting Dakota and he spent the night he tried the same thing I caught him right away and he didn't do it again that night at least.

    I think as long as you lay down the ground rules right away he'll be fine. You may want to try to keep him seperated from other dogs in the house for a day or so especially if he is going to be sore and to let him get used to you first.

    Good luck!

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    DefaultRe: First Foster - Marking Problems (help!)

    the way i approach the problem of a dog that urine marks inside the house is consider the dog as not potty trained. so, if i have a dog that is not housetrained, i would go back to the basic training regiment for potty training.

    "Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend." ~ Corey Ford

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    I would just consider it as housetraining and when he starts to go, immediately take him outside.

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    I think a lot depends on whether or not he is otherwise housebroken. If he is clearly housetrained and still marks you can keep him on a leash or tether and when he tries to lift his leg you can verbally correct him and pop his leash. If he is not housetrained at all you will need to treat him like a puppy. Take him outside, praise him like crazy for going outside and correct him when you catch him in the act.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Page
    I think a lot depends on whether or not he is otherwise housebroken. If he is clearly housetrained and still marks you can keep him on a leash or tether and when he tries to lift his leg you can verbally correct him and pop his leash. If he is not housetrained at all you will need to treat him like a puppy. Take him outside, praise him like crazy for going outside and correct him when you catch him in the act.

    Good luck.
    Yeah I didn't mention that I knew Zeus was house trained and I knew Dakota was as well.

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    Thanks everyone

    I believe he is trained (will have to double check - I might have just ASSUMED he was an inside dog) and see if it's true marking or just lack of proper training. I like the leash idea.

    I live in a one bedroom so I can't keep him seperate from Rocky, but Rock isn't really into other dogs, he gives them their space after a brief (polite) meeting. I really hope the marking isn't a huge problem but I will deal with whatever comes.
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    sounds like the housebreaking is out the window (he was brought into the rescue Thursday night) - I get to practice house breaking for the first time can you believe it!
    I'll be doing a search on tips and tricks (I remember alot from reading here)

    he'll also be crated unless he REALLY reacts badly too it (he wasn't crated at the foster home and we don't know if he ever was but the lady from the rescue said it's a good plan)
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    If you want to crate, then do it. Whenever I fostered new ones in my house - I lived by the theory of "new house - new rules". You set the boundaries from day one. As far as marking - just stay on top of that boy and try to catch him in the act. Clap loudly, startle him....anything to let him know that's not okay. I have one spot that all my male fosters went right to.......good luck!!!
    Brenda from Connecticut

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