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Urine Marking in Dogs

What NOT to Do

  • Do not scold your dog. Yelling at dogs when they urine mark rarely works, even when they’re caught in the act.
  • Do not prevent your dog from urine marking during walks. If anything, this can frustrate your dog and increase the likelihood of marking at home.
  • Do not clean with an ammonia-based cleanser. Urine contains ammonia. Cleaning up your dog’s urine with ammonia can attract him back to the same spot to mark again.

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