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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Leg Lifting to Pee?

Our dog Gunnar, now 12 months, was neutered at 7 months of age. Will he ever lift his leg to pee or is that a behavior a dog must learn before being altered? Thanks, Dan
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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

I was told by a vet tech that if a male dog was neutered before he started to lift his leg to pee, he would most likely never lift his leg to pee after being altered.

I don't know from experience though, just passing on what I was told.


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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

My male lifts his leg when he wants to mark, but squats a little to pee.

I have hand a male that was neutered at 4 months old and he lifted his leg to pee.

Edited to add: I have two females that lift there leg to mark things, gggrrr.

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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

Ikon is now 5 months old, he's been lifting for a month now except 1st thing in the Morning when he's really got to empty the tank. Then he starts out that way, and ends up on all 4 before he's done. I find that alpha bitches also tend to lift to pee... have had several who were spayed and still marked over everyone else to show they were the top.

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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

When I got my boy Dakota, he was 3.5yr old. He didn't lift his leg to pee. He peed like a boy puppy. He started to lift his leg after being in my home a few days and seeing my other boy do it. This dog passed away several years ago. At 9yr Dakota will still pee like a puppy @ times, lift his leg @ others. Doesn't seem to have a reason why he does one over the other.

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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

Tilden was neutered at 10 months. Began lifting his leg a bit before 2yrs. he'd occasionally do it prior to that, but not in a marking way - he'd squat then just barely pick up one foot.

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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

Rafi was neutered at a year old and started lifting his leg to pee at 2 years old.

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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

I once heard that leg lifting was a dominance thing. Not sure about the validity to that, but certainly with a female lifting her leg that sounds right.
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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

Quinn was neutered at 14 mos. He's 2.5 years now and has never lifted his leg, just drops his belly and lets fly, sometimes on the front feet (Blechhhh!) He is somewhat submissive in temperament and has mostly hung out with females to this point. I was told that he probably never will lift the leg now.

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Re: Leg Lifting to Pee?

Kilo only lifts his leg when we are out.
He JUST started doing this...(1 yr old, not neutered)
and he only does it around the perimeter of the yard. Not in the middle

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