We had some issues with Walnut marking indoors.
He never marked in our home, but marked once at a friends house and once in PetSmart.
After that, we really kept a good eye on him, and thought we fixed the issue as he hadn't tried to marked indoors for a long time.
This weekend though, he marked indoors again on two occasions (two different friend's houses, both with dogs).
It's strange because he plays with them just fine, and is good friends with one of them (another Golden). They get a long very, very well, yet when we visited, he marked again!
When our friends golden spend a day at our house, Walnut did not mark. So he's not marking our home at all.
He's schedule for neutering on January 25th, and will be exactly 14mths on that day. In the mean time, i'm wondering what we can do to complement the neuter. When he's on leash, he doesn't mark at all until we give him the "go sniff" command, at which point he is guaranteed to mark.
When he's off-leash, he would rather sniff/mark to do anything else. It's really annoying, because it's become a little obsessive for him when he's off-leash. When he starts to sniff (with intentions to mark), he doesn't hear anything. Basically nothing matters until he's done marking. When he is done marking, he responds to all commands with no issues.
How can we prevent/stop obsessive marking outdoor off-leash?
Will stopping him from marking outdoors reduce urges to mark in PetSmart and friend's homes?
How can I "connect" with him at a distance when he wants to mark? I need to catch him just before he lifts his leg, but can't do so when he's off-leash.
note: I've tried a long leash, so I can give it a tug when he tries to mark, but it's hard because 1) he smart and knows he's on a leash and won't mark 2) even if he didnt' know he was on leash, it would be hard to roll up the leash in-time to remind him with a tug. If I tell him to "leave it", he will, but then i have to keep telling him to leave EVERYTHING.
I thought about paging collar, but i'm really against those types of things. We've clicker trained him with positive reinforcement, and dont' intend to put any electronic collar on him.
His recall, focus, and everything else is MUCH better than it was a few months ago - but he seems to not hear anything when he's "in the zone".
I think our biggest obstacle is communicating with him at a distance - to stop marking altogether as a default behaviour.
p.s: I've tried shaking a can of coins too...I think he likes the noise