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My Pet World: Dogs may 'look guilty,' but they don’t feel guilty the way humans do

Cathy M. Rosenthal, Tribune Content Agency on

Clean offenses with enzymatic cleaners to remove all biologicals and the lingering odor. Continue to use "stay away" sprays.

Remove dirty laundry, shoes, purses, etc., from the floor as these are everyday items that can be targeted.

Resolve stresses between family members or animals if they exist. Doggie calming chews and relaxation videos can help create a calmer environment. You can also use pheromone collars or plug-ins to create a more relaxed setting.

If a new person has moved in, let that person feed, groom, and play with your dog. If it's a new baby, make sure you give your dog lots of attention when the baby is around.

Cover any windows or doors where your dog can see other animals outside. If a dog is frustrated that they can’t get to another animal outside, they may mark in the home.

Train him. Training builds a dog's confidence and reduces anxiety, which can lead to marking.


Finally, restrict access to parts of the home when you can't supervise him. Interrupt him in the act, when possible, by making a loud noise or clapping. Then take him outside and praise and treat him when he urinates.

Dear Cathy,

I read your column about the Basenji who ran around crazily after a bath. My two small dogs used to jump up on my bed or couch after a bath, lie on their backs, and rub themselves vigorously. I wonder if perhaps they were trying to rub a familiar scent on themselves because they didn’t like the smell of the shampoo.

— Judy, Rozet, Wyoming


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