Original Question: Hello we have a four-year-old Pomeranian mix still intact. We're getting him neutered this year but he urinates in the house and he knows we disapprove and gets an earful when he does. He will walk far away and do it secretly around a wall or in another room and when confronted he very viciously snarls. I do not back down and after a very tense standoff I tell him there will be no walks for him and he backs off and he gets tired from the standoff. If he senses we are going out for dinner leaving him behind he soils the couch on purpose. Should I physically discipline him as his previous owner did. Thank you and I faithfully listen to your show every Saturday morning. - Jimmy
Physical discipline is NEVER warranted. The methods you describe may actually be making the problem worse or creating other behavioral issues. First, get him checked out medically to make sure there are no health problems (urinary tract infection, bladder stones, prostate problems). Next, consider retraining him in the house through crate training. Additionally, with behavioral problems, there are either pheromones or potential medications that might help in conjunction with behavioral modification to stop him from peeing inside.
I hope this helps.
Dr. Ryan Llera
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