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What Your Dogs Know That You Don't

My dogs are well trained and do not mess in the house. So imagine my surprise one morning when I woke up and found markings throughout the kitchen.

I brought both of them over, made them sniff the offending area, and then scolded them roundly. Bruiser hung his head...Rocki wagged his tail and tried to jump up for me to hug him. I was about to melt and so I walked away and thought that was the end of it.

The next morning...the same thing...markings throughout the kitchen and family room. I was at my wits end. I went through the routine again with them, only I spoke louder.

Later that day, I went into the basement to do the laundry and saw something scurry in my path. It was too big to be a spider or cricket so I called my husband and he helped me look around. We found evidence of a little field mouse.

My husband went to the store, bought a mouse trap and we put peanut butter on it and set it out. The next morning when we came down, the mouse trap was intact, but the peanut butter was gone. So much for the mouse trap. We went out and bought one of those trays filled with a sticky substance that traps the mouse. Finally, the next morning, we had him and threw him away.

For the next week, all was well. No markings in the house. And then, one morning, I saw it. Markings.

This time, I went straight into the basement, set another trap and went back up to clean the markings. Later that evening, we had caught another little field mouse.

We did discover that the mice were coming in through a basement window that was not closed completely. We fixed that problem in a hurry and now, there are no more markings.

So the next time your dog starts suddenly marking his territory, rather than scold him, see what he's protecting you from.


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