Monday, February 13, 2012

Dachshund for sale. Free or best offer.

With all the remodeling, we have workers coming in and out of our house all the time. And, we're basically living in the basement, since we haven't yet painted our living room ceiling, so all of the furniture is all smooshed together in other rooms.

If you're a dachshund with an inferiority complex, all of this turmoil means you're freaking out extra.

And if you're a dachshund with an inferiority complex, freaking out extra means peeing evvvvverywhere. Because marking your territory is obviously the most effective way to tell humans and canines alike that you are large and in charge.

Foxie Doxie is driving us nuts. In addition to marking his favorite furniture and bedding, Foxie actually peed on one of his toys.

Help. Us. Please.

We've tried the No More Marking spray. We've tried cleaners made with essential oils. We've tried yelling. We've tried putting his nose in it. We've even tried telling him that he's our favorite and that all of the other dogs defer to him and he's really the alpha but he doesn't need to stress about it because it's widely accepted as the truth, so he can just be all Zen and Yoda-like.

None of this has worked.

And after I scrubbed the tile floor in the basement for an hour yesterday - on my hands and knees - and he promptly peed on my clean floor? I have had it.

Seriously. Help us. Any suggestions?

Amended to say: He has a kennel, where he stays whenever we're gone. This is more of a marking-when-I'm-out-of-the-room sort of situation. Help!


itsjustme said...

Have you bought a kennel? He won't love it at first, but they actually mentally are supposed to feel better when they have "their space" at least that is what the dog whisperer says...Buddy will just go in on his own now and I swear I NEVER would have thought he would... It will at least allow you to keep your eye on him when you are home and keep him from doing it when you aren't there?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh dear. Poor dog. Poor you. I think the kennel is a good idea, too, based on what I know about dogs needing dens. (NOT that I know much about dogs, of course)

heavenisabookstore said...

I feel your pain. My cat does a similar thing. I haven't found the answer for her, but good luck with the pooch.

Cyndi B. said...

I hope things are getting better with this situation. I was told by a carpet cleaner to use white vinegar on EVERYTHING to kill the scent so they don't think it's ok. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked in our case. Wish I had a better solution!

Trixie Bang Bang said...

Have you tried a doggie diaper? My MIL has several rescue dogs, one who is older and was never potty trained. She found some sort of a diaper contraption made for dogs, has a place for the tail and it's velcro closure. She puts a kotex pad in it to make easy clean up. The doggie wears it around the house, the pad catches the "accidents" but gets the diaper off when she is encouraged to go outside. May be worth checking into it - if you want me to inquire further let me know and I will ask for doggie pamper details :) Good luck.