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When do they start lifting their leg?

Benny is just about 7 months and he is not yet lifting his leg to pee... just curious at what age this kicks in. I am not complaining, since I realize once he starts 'marking' our walks will be lots of stop and go action. He was neutered at 6 months.

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Brody is 19 months and still doesn't lift his leg to pee or exhibit marking behaviour.

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I have no idea, but I just want to say I hope my puppy never lifts his leg to pee, because I think he looks so cute the way he squats like a little sumo wrestler. :-D As I recall from my perusal of these postings, some dogs do the leg lift and some male dogs continue to squat all their lives, but I could be wrong, of course.
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Augie still stretches out - drops his back end - and he is nearly four. Has never attempted to lift his leg. Brother Finn - another story. But I don't remember when he started. He is 18 months and has been doing it for quite awhile. He lifts so high, he nearly tips over. He think he is peeing on a bush or grass, and he is totally missing it. I am not going to clue him in, however. He thinks he is such a little stud - I don't want to burst his bubble! He also stretches out to pee just as often, after he has sniffed out just the exact spot to suit him.

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Kodi NEVER lifted his leg till he was past 3 years old. Even now, he never lifts his leg to pee... He does it the way Linda mentioned... Standing like a little horse.

We go to a lot of shows and trials, and there are lots of other dog-marking smells around. In this situation only, he will lift his leg to mark. (even on a blade of grass, which is pretty funny!) But even at a show, if he really needs to PEE, he stands on all four to do it.


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Since he has already been neutered, he might not pick up the habit.
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to quote my buddy, Ian Dunbar "Whether or not a male dog will lift his leg when urinating, sniff and mount bitches and be more aggressive than females has all been preprogrammed by fetal testosterone in utero. Adult castration has absolutely no direct effect on urination posture, sexual preference or hierarchical rank/."

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Kodi NEVER lifted his leg till he was past 3 years old. Even now, he never lifts his leg to pee... He does it the way Linda mentioned... Standing like a little horse.

We go to a lot of shows and trials, and there are lots of other dog-marking smells around. In this situation only, he will lift his leg to mark. (even on a blade of grass, which is pretty funny!) But even at a show, if he really needs to PEE, he stands on all four to do it.
Karen, does he hit that blade of grass? Finn works so hard at positioning himself just so, and he is so far off target - hilarious! This is even when he is stretching out. Augie couldn't care less. He'll be walking along, and just drops the back end all of a sudden.

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My son and his family are coming to visit this weekend and they are bringing their yellow lab who is not neutered (he is 5 years old) and lifts his leg. I am really, really hoping that Quincy does NOT pick up the habit. I like that he stretches out like a little pony to pee
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to quote my buddy, Ian Dunbar "Whether or not a male dog will lift his leg when urinating, sniff and mount bitches and be more aggressive than females has all been preprogrammed by fetal testosterone in utero. Adult castration has absolutely no direct effect on urination posture, sexual preference or hierarchical rank/."


"adult" castration, yes we've seen this with our intact dogs who were neutered later. They contiue to lift. Neutered before hormones show up, and they don't learn the leg lift typically, but continue like when they were little puppies. I'm not saying this is across breed lines, but we've seen this with many of the neutered males that come back for us to keep while their owners go on vacation-which is a fair number each year. I've never seen an intact male not lift, and off the top of my head, I can't think of a neutered (before hormones) male who does. Some of these came out of the same litters as our intact males, so I can't see anything with these dogs that has to do with testosterone in utero.
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