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Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Beastly, smelly shoes! It does not seem to be physically related as it is ok for a few months at a time. It could either be one of two things - 1. He has not been sterilized and has started to 'mark'. If this is the case get him sterilized as soon as possible and - 2. dogs often do this when they are stressed. We do not always realize how much our own stress impacts on our dogs and additionally things such as changes in routine (less walks, you out more, visitors etc), new dogs next door, building alterations etc etc.
What I would suggest you do is to keep him out the house unless he is being supervised when inside until you start potty training again. I have pasted a link below you can access on this site. Make sure you wash areas soiled with 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water several times and then put on some drops of citronella oil. If he is doing it at night time, then i would suggest crate training. This is not at all cruel, dogs are den animals and love their own place to snuggle up in. If you go the crate training for nights, then have a look at the article on my website www.friendsofthedog.co.za. All articles and downloads are free, so help yourself. Also start toilet training right from the beginning. Good luck and link is below, thanks scotty
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