JACK RUSSEL PUPPY BORDER COLLIE PEEING
by steve finnegan
(johannesburg south africa)
I HAVE 3 CATS AND 3 DOGS, AND MY WIFE HAS JUST BOUGHT A JACK RUSSEL PUPPY, MY CATS AND DOGS GET ON VERY WELL AND WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM, MY 3 DOGS ARE A BOXER, BORDER COLLIE, AND A MONGREL.
THE MONGREL DOESN'T REALLY MIND THE NEW PUP, JUST SEEMS A BIT IRRITATED WHEN IT COMES TOO CLOSE, THE BOXER IS VERY PROTECTIVE AND FOLLOWS IT ALL OVER, THE BORDER COLLIE IS NOT HAPPY AT ALL, JUST KEEPS RUNNING AWAY FROM THE PUPPY AND DOEST WANT ANY CONTACT. BUT MY PROBLEM IS THAT THE BORDER COLLIE IS NOW PEEING ALL OVER THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE.
I THINK IT COULD BE TWO PROBLEMS OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH. 1) THE PUPPY HAS MAYBE PEED IN SOME SPOTS AND THE COLLIE IS PEEING IN THE SAME SPOT TO MARK HIS TERRITORY. 2) THE BORDER COLLIE IS NOW MARKING HIS TERRITORY INSIDE THE HOUSE AS THE PUPPY AT THE MOMENT IS SPENDING MUCH OF HIS TIME THERE EXCEPT WHEN WE TAKE HIM OUT TO PEE. HOW CAN I SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.
It's possible that your Border Collie is attempting to mark his territory inside the house, especially if he's a fairly dominant male and/or isn't neutered.
However, given the way you describe this dogs reaction to the new pup I'm wondering if it could be a type of 'submissive urination' caused by anxiety and nervousness. If this dog is very submissive by nature, and is 'running scared' he could be urinating as an involuntary action. This is a more unusual type of submissive urination, but is a possibility. It's difficult to tell for sure what is going on as I can't see his 'body language' and don't know his personality.
In either scenario, he really can't help himself, he's being driven by very basic, yet strong, canine impulses. I'm pretty sure that this behavior will diminish, and eventually stop, as he adjusts to the new puppy and returns to feeling secure in his 'position' within your family.
There are a couple of things that you can do which may help..... firstly, be sure to reinforce his position of superiority over the pup by always greeting, feeding, petting, playing with etc., him first. In fact within such a big 'pack', the puppy needs to be at the bottom of the list when it comes to attention. All the older, established, pack members take precedence. This will help to offset any jealousy or superiority issues between the dogs, and is a 'language' they understand.
Secondly, to protect your home and belongings, you may want to invest in some 'belly wraps' for your dog to wear during this transition time. These are sort of like doggie diapers, and are usually cloth 'pants' which have a disposable absorbent strip in the middle. This strip wraps around your dog's middle and will absorb urine. Obviously they're a way of treating the symptoms of this problem, rather than the root of it, but as a short term measure while the situation sorts itself out they may be worth a try.
You can also click on the following links to find more information on Introducing A New Puppy and Submissive Urination in Dogs.
Best of luck, hope this helps.