It depends on the dog. My 5 yr old male GSD lifts his leg. He is the sniff out the perfect spot kind of dog.
My 2 yr old Malinois has the bladdar of a mouse. When I let him out in the morning, he has to pee so badly that he goes right off the porch and just squats. No sniffing around for a good tree or bush to pee on. He will lift his leg other times, but still squats regularly.
My male is 18 months old, and stands to pee still. He hikes his leg occasionally, only when marking. I should also mention that he marks every day, but he stands to mark. Even if he smells a tree for 10 zillion hours and licks it, he will stand next to it and pee immediately after. The intensity of his marking and the amount he hikes his leg is getting more frequent with age. So I imagine eventually he will be lifting his leg.
I don't really care how he pees, to be honest. He already marks like a mad man so what difference does it make?
One of the Alpha Males in the Haliburton Forest Wolf pack stood when he peed/marked. I don't think dominance or manliness is a result of leg lifting, but the actual marking. Marking is an important instinct for dogs to have. Just as a species in general.
My friend's male started leg lifting at 18 months.
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My year old puppy isn't lifting his leg yet either. I don't mind at all, because he doesn't seem choosy about where he goes, just gets the job done. It's easier to tell if he's done his business that way too, because of the unmistakable stand, with his tail held high.
Neither of my males lift there leg, and Buddy is 10+ so I don't see it happening. LOL OTOH years ago I had a female that would lift her leg. I don't think there is any big deal with one way or the other.
Oh, I don't care either way. I was just curious. But the marking vs. peeing makes a whole bunch of sense now that I read it. Cause when I think about it..he does it usually where other dogs have most likely urinated..Lol.
....Not sure if this is valid, but I've heard that most male dogs will not lift their legs to pee unless they see another male dog doing it? ....
There just be some truth in that. I don't know...
I do know that for the first time ever I have a pack of squatters. Of the 6 males that I currently have only 1 lifts his leg. I've never had a squatter before a few years ago when I got a young Great Dane. It just seems funny that suddenly all my boys squat. They range in age from 8mos. to almost 8yrs.
Maybe they do follow by example? Either way, I'm lovin, it. They aren't killing my young fruit trees or leaving marks on the side of the house.
Ah, I remember one morning, my boy was still young, and he was still sleepy. He lifted a front leg to pee. Then he got a look on his face and quickly put down his front leg and lifted his rear leg. He had one of those, "oh gosh! I hope nobody saw that!" look on his face. Really!
That guy still does a nominal leg lift to pee. I think it's just for show. He is neutered.
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I've had male dogs that have gone their whole life without lifting their leg to pee. I've also had dogs that would attempt to mark every single tree or plant they walk by.
Given the choice of either... I'll take the dog that doesn't lift his leg.
Never understood the infatuation people get with having their dog lift it's leg. What's the big deal how a dog goes to the bathroom just as long as it doesn't happen in the house?
With my current dog, when he doesn't lift his leg he stands with an arched back to pee. That means pee all over his front legs and chest. If I knew of a way to train him to lift his leg consistently I'd be doing it. I hate washing the dog off every other time he has to go.