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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Lifting his leg to pee.

I thought this is odd, because I hadn't expected it for at least months down road if not years. But 3 month old boy is lifting his leg about 25-30% of the time now when he pees. Been doing since just before his 3 month mark. Isn't this kind of early?

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I'm not sure, but I will be interested to see where this thread goes. Knuckles is 3 months old today and there is no sign of any lifting of the leg. He still pees like a little girl

I read in some post on here somewhere that a male lifting his leg is a learned behavior. What if he only has a female to learn from? Will he always pee like a female?

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Took my lab almost three years to learn that trick... wish he hadn't, to be honest! LOL

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why don't you want your dog lifting his leg to pee???

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Took my lab almost three years to learn that trick... wish he hadn't, to be honest! LOL
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my boy was 1&1/2 when we had lift off.
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we had a female Grey Hound when our boy came home
at 9 weeks old. he started lifting his leg at 18 months.

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I read in some post on here somewhere that a male lifting his leg is a learned behavior. What if he only has a female to learn from? Will he always pee like a female?
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My boy is 1 1/2 now and is doing it now. But mainly on walks but in the yard still pees like a girl. But if another male dog comes in the yard then he will lift his leg. But when I take him on walks he lifts his leg every time. My favorite is when he lifts his foot off the ground to pee like he is to lazy to lift it all the way up.
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I read in some post on here somewhere that a male lifting his leg is a learned behavior. What if he only has a female to learn from? Will he always pee like a female?
If I recall correctly from my studies, lifting the leg occurs originally as a marking behaviour, and since dogs don't have 'established, safe territory' the stress of competing with the smells of other dogs causes this marking behaviour to bleed over into urinating - then it simply becomes habit.

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Beau lifts his leg about a third of the time. He is 17 weeks and has been doing it for a few weeks. Not peeing ON anything other than the ground though.

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Mine is 4 1/2 years and still pees like a puppy - never once lifted his leg. Fortunately he misses his front feet .....most of the time.

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