The Bark Stops Here

Here's where I'll post odds and ends of interest: Upcoming local events, health bulletins and announcements. Periodically, I will post an original article addressing dog training and behavior. In addition, please visit the Southport Veterinary Center Blog page by clicking here, where I am a guest author. So check back often to see "The Inside Poop".


Book Review/Mention

Please visit the link below to read about Imp, The Imperfect Pup on Goodreads for the month of November by clicking here.


Please visit the link below to read the article "No Bad Dogs" in the November-December 2012 issue of townvibe.


"No Bad Dogs - Jody Rosengarten teaches fairfielders how to be better dog owners" by Robin H. Phillips

The Daily Westport

I will be writing a recurring column for The Daily Westport addressing various dog behavior problems as well as answering questions from pet owners. Please visit my column at The Daily Westport by clicking here.

Radio Show

I am a sit regular guest on the phone-in radio show, David Smith's Exchange, WICC 600AM. I will be live usually the first Monday of every month from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. You are welcome to call with questions at (203) 333-WICC (333-9422) or toll free at (800) 922-6060 or via the internet at If you would like any additional information please email me by clicking here, and please be sure to include your contact information and email address.


New Articles


(Posted April 2, 2018)

Marking is when Imp squirts urine on a targeted object to say, "Mine!" before swaggering off to high-five his homies. Marking is a visceral reaction to a potent stimulus, usually a scent. Intact males are most apt to mark with leg lifted, but even a gender-conflicted spayed female might wait in line to leave her pheromone-steeped calling card.

While it's natural for Imp to mark up the woods, the committed marker might bring his handiwork indoors. This is frowned upon in Connecticut. The addition of a new puppy, menstruation, a soggy diaper or urine tracked in on one's shoes might elicit a spritz. Marking can also be an expression of displaced frustration to deer grazing just beyond the picture window or a stuck car alarm.

Because marking is involuntary, attempts to correct it are as futile as punishing a sneeze. The good news is that, with a novice marker, neutering will eliminate the urge altogether and is 80% successful even with master markers. Be patient, it could take many weeks for neutering's benefits to kick in.

Imp's marking during a walk around the block is usually fine—he needs a life, after all—but for the territorially aggressive dog or the runaway, marking expands Imp's home turf compelling frequent revisiting updates. The easiest way to prevent marking on a quiet suburban or country road is to walk in the middle of the street where there are fewer aromas and no vertical surfaces, the preferred spritzee. Otherwise, jogging could override Imp's need to mark until the neutering takes hold.

Good luck!

Jody Rosengarten
The Bark Stops Here
(203) 372-BARK

Click here to view more articles in the archives.