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Max's Mommy 02-01-2014 04:38 PM

what in the world is he thinking?!?!
 
My 6 month old has been potty trained for quite a while but lately he's been doing this weird thing where he'll walk up to me while I'm sitting in a recliner and he'll just hike his leg and pee on me!! He did it to my mom today too. What in the world is he thinking?! I hurry up and take him outside when he does it but he doesn't even act like he needs to pee.

I've tried to find other threads about this but it seems like no one else is really experiencing it. Any help would be great appreciated.

onyx'girl 02-01-2014 04:44 PM

Are you correcting him when he does it, or just running him outside? I'd correct him and let him know that is unacceptable...at least you catch him in the act! He may be trying to assert his 'dominance' in his goofy growing puppy brain and his new marking behavior is getting out of hand!
I think after a correction or two, he'll understand he should not be doing it. And I'd keep a good eye on him to make sure he's not doing it elsewhere in the house.

shepherdmom 02-01-2014 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Max's Mommy (Post 4946930)
My 6 month old has been potty trained for quite a while but lately he's been doing this weird thing where he'll walk up to me while I'm sitting in a recliner and he'll just hike his leg and pee on me!! He did it to my mom today too. What in the world is he thinking?! I hurry up and take him outside when he does it but he doesn't even act like he needs to pee.

I've tried to find other threads about this but it seems like no one else is really experiencing it. Any help would be great appreciated.

Get him tested for UTI.

Harry and Lola 02-01-2014 07:08 PM

I would look at dominance related issues first rather than medical, dogs that lift their leg to pee are leaving their mark and can be related to testing you as to who is more dominant or they do it because of fear. I would quickly nip this in the bud and reassert yourself as the alpha - naughty boy!

onyx'girl 02-01-2014 07:35 PM

I don't think "asserting yourself as alpha" is important...just let the puppy know that behavior is unacceptable and don't make a big deal of it. Puppies need to learn, and they do make mistakes. It isn't worth making an issue.
I'd keep the confidence level high/he isn't naughty, he just doesn't know better. After a couple of corrections and his understanding why~ if it continues, then yes he's naughty!

Harry and Lola 02-01-2014 07:44 PM

Absolutely assert yourself as alpha, puppies need to know you are in charge and will learn from you, you don't have to scream and make a huge issue out of the peeing on you, however I would calmly take and control and teach the puppy this is not acceptable. You would be best to take control now while he is still young. In terms of confidence, it is difficult to tell from the little bit of writing whether he is confident or not, don't forget dogs will pee from fear as well - not that I think this is the issue here.

Max's Mommy 02-01-2014 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola (Post 4948074)
Absolutely assert yourself as alpha, puppies need to know you are in charge and will learn from you, you don't have to scream and make a huge issue out of the peeing on you, however I would calmly take and control and teach the puppy this is not acceptable. You would be best to take control now while he is still young. In terms of confidence, it is difficult to tell from the little bit of writing whether he is confident or not, don't forget dogs will pee from fear as well - not that I think this is the issue here.

Hey. Thanks for the feedback! I don't think fear is the issue either. He's a very confident and well adjusted pup. :] What do you think the best way to correct it would be? I definitely don't want to yell at him or anything.

doggiedad 02-01-2014 09:17 PM

if my dog peed on me i would hold him by some neck fur,
raise my voice and verbally correct him. my other correction
i put my hand under my dog's his chin and raise his head and
verbally correct him. i only use these methods for something
serious. a simple "no", "don't do that", "get away from there",
" hey, what are you doing", etc worked also.

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Originally Posted by Max's Mommy (Post 4948258)
Hey. Thanks for the feedback! I don't think fear is the issue either. He's a very confident and well adjusted pup. :]

>>>>> What do you think the best way to correct it would be? I definitely don't want to yell at him or anything. <<<<<


doggiedad 02-01-2014 09:27 PM

i find you don't have to assert yourself as alpha. there's many
things you do for your dog in general that asserts yourself
as alpha without you having to assert yourself as alpha.
we feed our dogs, we train our dogs, we groom our dogs,
we correct our dogs, we step over our dogs, etc. i think
by all of the things we do for our dogs establishes us as
alpha without trying, without being assertive.

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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola (Post 4948074)

>>>>> Absolutely assert yourself as alpha, puppies need to know you are in charge and will learn from you, <<<<<



you don't have to scream and make a huge issue out of the peeing on you, however I would calmly take and control and teach the puppy this is not acceptable. You would be best to take control now while he is still young. In terms of confidence, it is difficult to tell from the little bit of writing whether he is confident or not, don't forget dogs will pee from fear as well - not that I think this is the issue here.


Harry and Lola 02-02-2014 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Max's Mommy (Post 4948258)
Hey. Thanks for the feedback! I don't think fear is the issue either. He's a very confident and well adjusted pup. :] What do you think the best way to correct it would be? I definitely don't want to yell at him or anything.

I don't think fear made him do it either. Do as Doggiedad suggested. If my male cocked his leg and peed on me, it would be the first and last time he ever did that, don't put up with it and imo it is dominant act. You don't have to yell or scare him, but you want to be firm and make sure he knows you will not put up with that behaviour no matter where he is.


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