In today’s post, we going to talk about why your French Bulldog is marking understanding the difference between urination and marking, and what can be done about it
Understanding Marking vs Urination
One of the more common complaints from dog owners, French bulldogs included, is urination inside the home. Let’s try to understand why and figure out if it’s just urination or maybe… it’s marking.
Starting with the obvious, young puppies, commonly cannot hold their bladder. Of course, French bulldog puppies aren’t automatically house-trained. And as stubborn as they can be, house training any dog is not an overnight endeavor. It will take 4-6 months to fully house train your French bulldog puppy and can sometimes take up to a year. Consistency will be your friend during house training days.
If your Frenchie is already house trained and you still see puddles of urine, there could be a few reasons why. The most common and obvious reason is your Frenchie is not being let out often enough. They might not be able to hold their bladder for very long. Every bladder is different so you might have to just take note of their cues and behavior. If accidents are happening regularly, even when your Frenchie is house trained, then you might want to consult with the vet because it could be a urinary tract infection.
I Wanted to Keep Marking My Territory But I Ran out of Pee
The biggest difference in urination and marking is the amount of urine. Marking is when a dog releases just a few drops. Although more common in male dogs once they reach sexual maturity, a dominant female dog may also exhibit this common behavioral symptom. They could also exhibit this unwanted behavior when they are coming into heat. Whatever the reason may be, let’s explore it even further and make sure scolding won’t be a part of your action plan.
What To Do… or Not To Do
For dogs that are displaying marking as a way of establishing dominance, make sure you, as a French bulldog owner, establish your alpha role. This can be done through mealtime and daily walks. A hormonal change in the dog by spaying and neutering your dog would help lessen the occurrence, but will not necessarily get rid of the behavior completely.
Inside your home, you need to clean up any signs of urine that might have been left from their last accident. This is why using pee pads will only make your job a lot harder, so My Pawesome Frenchie doesn’t recommend you use this as a training tool. Keeping their area clean will help them establish that your home is not a toilet. Establish a routine with your Frenchie on when they should expect to be let out or go on scheduled walks. Once they have urinated where you wanted, praise them and let them know what a good boy or girl they are.
For marking behavior inside a home, you need to firmly say “No,” so they know that it’s unwanted behavior. Remember, for urination, it’s not recommended to correct them and only use praise when they do it correctly. It’s different when it comes to marking. Correcting their behavior early on will help in their house training in the future.
Lastly, do not punish your French bulldog puppy for peeing or marking inside the house. Yelling at them or pointing at their mistakes will only stress and confuse them. Praising good behavior is the best method for getting rid of unwanted behavior.