Why Does My West Highland Terrier Pee in the House?

He cocks his leg against furniture, school bags etc…how do I stop him.
He is a 6 year old male we have since birth.
He is not neutered.
corners of furniture mainly…..only other pet is an infrequent stray cat who calls for a feed every 2 days or so and then legs it!

My westie was 3 years old when he started to do that, they mark their territory this way and the way to stop it is to have him neutered. When i got Sparky neutered he never done it again.

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  • steffigiraffe

    I bet he's not neutered. You should try that plus some basic house training.
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  • sheltie lover

    males, always mark their territory.
    Sounds like he needs a female to breed to.
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  • joanplus4dogs

    He is marking his territory. If he isn't neutered, he needs to be. You need to house break him if you want it to stop. There are not any magical ways only time & hard work. Start him again just like he was a young puppy.
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  • Roxanne D

    you need to let him out side at least 2 an hour in the exact same spot the same spot. That will let him know that his blatter can go in a new place.
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  • calipink22

    OMGosh those dogs are sooo cute!!!

    Anyway, I have the same problem with my Jack Russell. The personal dog trainer said it's because a Terrier is a dominant breed that has to mark their territory. By cleaning up the mess you're pretty much taking over the dogs territory. Terriers don't usually like this. My dog is only a year old so it was very easy to break him from the habit. It took frequent trips outside and a lot of time outs to fully break him. Since your dog is 6 years old it'll probably be a lot harder.
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  • Alfraedin

    Well have you seen how cold it is outside?

    I would do the same.

    Perhaps buy him a good woolly jumper.
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  • personwithafuture

    training him not to.
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  • Samantha M

    1. if he is not neutered or "fixed. this may be the cause of your problem he could be marking his territory
    2. is he trained not to
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  • DaveSFV

    As others have correctly pointed out, he is marking territory. But as others have incorrectly suggested neutering him will stop this. Not so. The dog is six years old and this behavior in now learned behavior. Neutering is suggested for its medical and ethical value but it will not undo learned behavior. To correct this you have to catch the dog while it is doing it. Pick him up, even/especially if he is still squirting and carrying him outside all the while giving a command of your choice. Maybe an "outside". If you do not catch the dog in the act then you cannot correct it.
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  • Jae

    He is marking his territory, on the corners of furniture right! I caught my 5 yr old dog only 2 times doing this, but I continualy find it all over the house, and even other places he goes with me, like work and visiting people. I just asked about it on "questions" so hopefully I'll get a solution, I think that maybe they quit if they are fixed but I'm not sure.
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  • Reece Braveheart Aussies

    Go to http://www.petedge.com and get a male wrap, it's like a diaper for males. Also train, if you catch him in the act yell a sound to startle him, pick him up and take him out and tell him to potty. Clean the accidents with a cleaner that kills pet odors.
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  • MamaB

    I guess you might try castration, but please be prepared for this not to work. It isn't a cure all. Your lad, at 6, is fairly established in his habits now so you have your work cut out to stop this behaviour. You really do have to go back to basic puppy training – and a crate will help (might be hard as if he's not used to a crate, he will probably protest, loudly). This will at least contain the pee!!

    Obviously his favourite places will need to be thoroughly cleaned. And you will need to be taking him outside frequently, loads of praise when he goes out there etc. You might get him checked out just to make sure there isn't a medical reason for this peeing. Otherwise it's down to you to reinforce the training he had as a puppy.
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  • flo

    i would think about neurtering him,but you need to start his house training him from scratch again, firstly clean the area he as marked on with a washing powder gets rid of the odour better, you may think its clean and does not smell but he got a better scence of smell and its back to basics catch him in act a firm no and out the back he goes when he does it outside really praise him over the top ,does he go out for walks enough and you could just in case there is something wrong have him checked by the vet , dont get cross with him when he wees a firm command and out and dont forget when he does it out side praise praise praise good luck
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  • CARRIE B

    My westie was 3 years old when he started to do that, they mark their territory this way and the way to stop it is to have him neutered. When i got Sparky neutered he never done it again.
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  • rennickelizabe

    the cat may be causing the problem dogs dont like change
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