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    Wonderful news!

    Try coupling your new 'Tude with a few leadership rituals. One I use with Bo all the time is going out the door. He has to look at me and then wait for permission to go over the threshold. I smoke cigarettes on the patio/deck, so we go in and out a great deal. It's a great ritual for reinforcing leadership!

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    Update June 27: Spoke too soon. Things are a mess. All-out fights AND it seems Wilbur has been marking in the living room since I don't know when.
    Hubby and I are both suffering severe puncture wounds after breaking up the latest fight tonight (of course, triggered by me allowing Wilbur on my lap and Layla happened to come "too close").

    I don't know what to do. I am consistently the common denominator, no matter what I try.
    I also just posted about this in another thread about marking and territorial growling.

    Feeling so dejected. Everything is peaceful when I am not around.
    Worked so hard for housebreaking too... thought it was the one thing I had done right (alarm set for every 2 hours through the night, minimal house accidents when they were puppies. They are completely house-broken...WTF Wilbur!)
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    So sorry to hear this. I don't remember the entire thread cause its been a while and was checking the update. But have you had an experienced trainer do an assessment and/or come to your home and observe? Our trainer, on her own suggestion, met us as home after work one day before either my wife or myself entered the home. This is the peak time for any dustup for us. She had some helpful advice which we are following. It may or may not matter to you what we are doing because each individual case needs to be seen by an experienced trainer, in cases like these I think. It really can be resolved I believe. So don't lose heart, it can be worked out most likely. It's enough to make one pull their hair out, I know too well

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    I am going to tag a couple members who have more experience in the behavioral part but just know.. His marking has nothing to do with his being housebroken or not! It is an offshoot of his and their behavior! I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. @Vicaroo1000.. @Sherry.. @Davidh.. @2BullyMama

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma2Bullies View Post
    Update June 27: Spoke too soon. Things are a mess. All-out fights AND it seems Wilbur has been marking in the living room since I don't know when.
    Hubby and I are both suffering severe puncture wounds after breaking up the latest fight tonight (of course, triggered by me allowing Wilbur on my lap and Layla happened to come "too close").

    I don't know what to do. I am consistently the common denominator, no matter what I try.
    I also just posted about this in another thread about marking and territorial growling.

    Feeling so dejected. Everything is peaceful when I am not around.
    Worked so hard for housebreaking too... thought it was the one thing I had done right (alarm set for every 2 hours through the night, minimal house accidents when they were puppies. They are completely house-broken...WTF Wilbur!)
    You must treat the dogs 100% equally at all times. Unless you can put them both up on your lap at the same time, NO ONE gets lap time (or anything else the other does not get at that moment.) Dogs have a sense of fairness. Be CALM, ASSERTIVE, CONSISTENT AND FAIR.

    Don't set yourself up for failure. Set yourself up for situations where you can and DO run the show like the pack leader they want you to be --- that they NEED you to be.

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    This is a good suggestion Vicki, I will try this. Thank you!
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    We haven't had a trainer come in yet - the only reason is that just when I am about to pick up the phone to call her, things would get "better" and we have been trying a wait-and-see approach. However, if after this weekend (it is the long weekend here) things are not vastly improved, we are having her in to help. The trouble is they of course behave much differently when people are around, and I wonder if she would even see the behaviour, but regardless we need this situation fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma2Bullies View Post
    We haven't had a trainer come in yet - the only reason is that just when I am about to pick up the phone to call her, things would get "better" and we have been trying a wait-and-see approach. However, if after this weekend (it is the long weekend here) things are not vastly improved, we are having her in to help. The trouble is they of course behave much differently when people are around, and I wonder if she would even see the behaviour, but regardless we need this situation fixed.
    Bring the trainer in... A good trainer will see the behavior without anything happening---body language and your verbal explanation of what takes place


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    @Vicaroo1000 said it, they have to be treated equally. Is Wilbur neutered? Usually a neutered male will not mark. It takes time and a lot of work, plus be consistent. I hope it works out for you and hopefully the trainer can help.
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    dang, I'm sorry things have gone back to the beginning, time to make the call, 1-800-trainer (that's not a real # by the way)
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