I still haven't decided if Alex will be neutered. I'd prefer that he not be, but he's 19 months old and I am still thinking it over.
This behavior drives me completely insane: Shiri has CHF and occasionally 'leaks' a bit if I don't get her outside to potty every few hours. She wears a diaper at night. However, any time that Shiri 'leaks' in her bed, which is at the foot of my bed, Alex MARKS ON THAT AREA AND GETS MY BED. There is no way in any universe that I will live with this behavior; I never have, and I never will.
Last night I was getting into bed and I found that Shiri had leaked on her bed. I hustled her outside for a last potty before I put on her diaper for the night, and when I got back inside, five minutes later, I found that Alex had marked and that my top sheet, hanging down, now had boy dog pee on it. Words can't describe my fury. I was in a car accident yesterday; I had to deal with NFA auditors at work; and to have to change my sheets at 11 p.m. was the last straw. I laid Alex out verbally, hurling the marked sheet at him, and then I told him that he is banished from my bedroom forever. I put up a gate and for the first time since he came here, he couldn't sleep in my room, right next to Rowley. He was pretty freaked out. Too bad, so sad.
So my question is this: Can intact boys learn that marking is unwanted behavior? I think they can. I think with all that dogs can and do learn, this is NOT beyond the limit. I can and do put a belly band on Alex, but I'll be completely honest here: if I have to belly-band a dog when he's in the house and he can't be trusted to keep his leg down, I won't let him keep his boy bits. I don't want to live with that level of hassle, and yeah, it's all about me.
Anybody who has lived with intact males, can you give me any answers or suggestions? For now, I'm really enjoying the 'no Alex in the bedroom' thing, since he doesn't let me sleep past 6 a.m. when he's in there, and today I slept until 7. Maybe the solution is this simple?