The stomping ground of Ramsay the Dachshund!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"R" marks the spot...

While playing 'fetch' last week, Ramsay took a break and started sniffing around the basement floor - not an unusual occurrence as he does tend to follow his nose.  The difference this time was that I saw his tail briefly flip up in mid-stride.  My fears were confirmed - at 21wks and change, Ramsay had begun to mark.  After some choice expletives and chasing dogbert around the sofa a few times (such avoidant behavior was a first hint that something was up), I sequestered him in his pen - where he promptly deposited an unusually large amount of urine at the complete OPPOSITE end of the pen from his wee-wee pads / potty patch.  "Here we go..." I said, shaking my head in frustration.  We had finally truly reached...ADOLESCENCE!   

don't be fooled by the calm, stately posture and the bionic
eye.  this little man has a secret!

[WINK!]  'i've been naughty!  don't tell mom and dad!"

Adolescence:  that "wonderful" time of a dog's life when it seems he has forgotten EVERYTHING that he has been taught.  We can deal with the avoidant behavior and the barking-to-challenge-us - a little extra attention, encouragement and training have helped with these issues.  But this marking business could send us back to our 8-10wk puppy stress levels!  In order to protect our sanity (and our carpets!), NewMama and I have been extra vigilant with dogbert while off-leash/un-crated/un-penned in the house.  So far, so far as we can tell/smell!  

24 weeks can't come soon enough - neuter/microchip time!  With OzzY, neutering brought him back a to pre-adolescent/model-dog state.  We're hoping the same will hold true for Ramsay!  

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