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The other leg lifting thread reminded me of something that I have been meaning to ask about. Wolfie has recently started lifting his leg a lot when we are outside. He has never done it indoors. It's like a new thing to him and he wants to go and mark trees, rock walls, light poles, etc.. However, the last 2 times I have been on a walk with him, he lifts his leg against a tree and poops! What the heck is that all about? Is he so enamored of his new trick that he can't tell if he has to poop or pee? My other GSD never lifted his leg, except when he saw a certain vet that he didn't like. Has anyone else experienced this?

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The other leg lifting thread reminded me of something that I have been meaning to ask about. Wolfie has recently started lifting his leg a lot when we are outside. He has never done it indoors. It's like a new thing to him and he wants to go and mark trees, rock walls, light poles, etc.. However, the last 2 times I have been on a walk with him, he lifts his leg against a tree and poops! What the heck is that all about? Is he so enamored of his new trick that he can't tell if he has to poop or pee? My other GSD never lifted his leg, except when he saw a certain vet that he didn't like. Has anyone else experienced this?
I've never had a dog do that one but it sounds just like a shepherd with a new trick.
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It's definitely a marking thing. Dogs who mark territory in public areas, will sometimes "up the ante" by pooping. It stems from other dogs marking over his "pee mail". IMO dogs do not have the right to "claim" public territory as their own as it is shared by many other dogs. It's like if I went to Central Park in NYC and planted a flag and proclaimed the park my new yard . I never allow territorial marking outside of my yard. That's just my 2 cents
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It's definitely a marking thing. Dogs who mark territory in public areas, will sometimes "up the ante" by pooping. It stems from other dogs marking over his "pee mail". IMO dogs do not have the right to "claim" public territory as their own as it is shared by many other dogs. It's like if I went to Central Park in NYC and planted a flag and proclaimed the park my new yard . I never allow territorial marking outside of my yard. That's just my 2 cents
Interesting..when he has pooped it's always in the same spot.

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Interesting..when he has pooped it's always in the same spot.
What kind of area is it? Near someone's yard, street corner, central location on your walk? They poop up high like that because it's easy for them to express their anal glands when they poop. It's a high end "scent marker". It's gross to smell. Anyone who's been anal sacked on by accident will tell you they have to dump the clothing.. hahah It's gross but it happens
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What kind of area is it? Near someone's yard, street corner, central location on your walk? They poop up high like that because it's easy for them to express their anal glands when they poop. It's a high end "scent marker". It's gross to smell. Anyone who's been anal sacked on by accident will tell you they have to dump the clothing.. hahah It's gross but it happens
It's actually a grassy area in front of a cemetery. There are lots of dogs that walk in that area. I have never been by there without seeing at least 2 dogs walking by.

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My lab either walks and poops a trail or lifts his leg and yes poops on the tree, lol
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It's definitely a marking thing. Dogs who mark territory in public areas, will sometimes "up the ante" by pooping. It stems from other dogs marking over his "pee mail". IMO dogs do not have the right to "claim" public territory as their own as it is shared by many other dogs. It's like if I went to Central Park in NYC and planted a flag and proclaimed the park my new yard . I never allow territorial marking outside of my yard. That's just my 2 cents
Just curious, how would you prevent "marking" if a male dog is lifting his leg somewhere when he is asked to go to the bathroom? For example, I "potty" my dog before going inside the training area and move him to a tree where I instruct him to "go potty". He lifts his leg and pees on the tree. I don't consider that territorial marking, rather just relieving himself where I have instructed him to.

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Just curious, how would you prevent "marking" if a male dog is lifting his leg somewhere when he is asked to go to the bathroom? For example, I "potty" my dog before going inside the training area and move him to a tree where I instruct him to "go potty". He lifts his leg and pees on the tree. I don't consider that territorial marking, rather just relieving himself where I have instructed him to.
no real way to prevent marking, but i take my dogs out for a walk, they're given time at the beginning of the walk to go, and at the end of the walk.
there is no stopping and smelling/marking.
out for a walk means out for a walk.
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*sigh* my Smitty dog used to stop to mark while out on a walk. So I started to give a little correction and ask him to heel.

He learned how to walk, hop, lift and whiz without missing a beat.




When the pee tank is empty he goes to his back up systems and poos.


Talented boy. Such an athlete too.
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