A dog marking his territory is not something that should surprise us. It is a perfectly normal behavior for a dog to want to claim what he perceives as his. This is not a problem unless the dog is marking inside, or if aggression is involved. If a dog is marking inside the home, then you’ve got several problems on your hand, one of which is a serious odor issue.
There can be several factors at work here, and finding out what’s motivating the dog to mark is vital to solving the problem. Most commonly, a marking dog is letting us know that he is feeling insecure about something. He might perceive that there’s an intrusion on his personal space, his family, his home or his yard. He might even be feeling anxious over a toy or area that he uses regularly. If he thinks it is his, he might mark it.
What exactly is marking anyway?
In literal terms, marking is the act of urinating on an area. In doggie terms it is all about leaving a scent so that other canines will understand that they must leave it alone. Marking is a communication tool that is quite handy in the wild…but not so much around your living room. Marking can leave horrible stains and odors all over your home, and it is not the most sanitary thing either. Dogs that mark don’t generally urinate completely, but the trace amounts can still destroy your property.