I need some advice! I have two dogs, a Border Collie who is 5 years old and a Pit Mix who is about 2 1/2.
The pit is really my son's dog and he lives with me but travels a lot.(my son, not the dog!) The dog came from someone who couldn't keep him and I suspect it's because they never got him housebroken. We live in a rural area and have always been able to get the dogs run free to do their thing, until lately. The Border Collie is fine, well trained, both with potty and obeys commands very well. The Pit mix has caused some problems with chasing cars, running off and getting in neighbors trash etc. He's not aggressive with people in a mean way, but is waaaay too energetic and wants to jump up and play and nip. Anyway the neighbors have given me the riot act on this dog, so now I'm trying my best to keep him (and the Border Collie) on our property. I have a cable tether set up for them and they have plenty of running room. At night, I have a safe room, (enclosed patio) I keep them in. But he still wants to pee in the room, even after he's been out all day or after a potty walk. The pit is now a little bigger than the Border Collie and seems to be challenging her alpha status. I suspect he's marking to show her he wants the territory. No way he can come in the house, cause he wants to mark on the furniture!
They play fight quite a bit, but normally she gets fierce after a while and he'll back off. He is constantly trying to get my attention over her, feed me first, let me out first, etc. I am still treating her as the alpha. Here's the weird thing, when it comes to food, she will let him dominate and eat first. I have been feeding them in separate bowls and using a common water bowl. Yesterday, he peed on one of the food bowls!
I put dog crates in the yard for them to lay in, during the day and he peed in his! I think he's saying, Stay Away! I was considering setting them up with crates inside the house, (cause the patio gets cold) but I'm afraid he'll pee in it too.
Neither animal has been fixed. we tried to breed her, but she appears to be sterile and has a very short heat cycle. (We keep them separated at that time.) So I never worried about it. My son didn't want to neuter the male. (Yeah, it's a guy thing.) But now he agrees it's probably for the best.
Since, I have been reading up on training I saw where neutering the male at his age might screw up the whole alpha process. Will neutering help with the marking and running off? Is it too late to correct his behavior problems? Would spraying her help? Should I just let him take the alpha status? I would like to be able to get them back to running around in the yard and thought about an underground fence. Does anyone have an opinion on whether those work well?
I am at my wit's end with this process. Can anyone help???