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    When do male pups start to leg lift?

    This is going to sound like a strange question, but when do male pups start to leg lift? I have a 10 week old male Papillon puppy and I am having a heck of a time telling when he is urinating outside. This doesnt sound like a problem, but I am sure that I am missing giving praise and treats when he does what I want outside. I dont want to confuse the little guy.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    It depends on the dog, if/when he was neutered, and if he is around other males.

    Ryder my Great Dane still squats (although we dont have a problem telling when he is going LOL). He will be 3 in November. He was neutered at 11 months.

    Kaiden my GSD has lifted his leg since I got him at 6 months. He was intact (neutered immediatly). But lived with 100s of other dogs.
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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Cooper does both. He was neutered at 6 months. On our walks, he lifts his leg, usually because he's peeing on a tree or fire hydrant. If he goes in the backyard, he squats.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Usually when they are ready to announce to the world of their manhood. Both male and female can/do raise their legs as well as squat. My 10 year old male usually raises his leg but will squat at times, especially on uneven ground.

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    I've seen males intact (and not) do both.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Well hopefully something will change in the next few months. When I have been able to identify when this happens, his body posture doesn't change. He just stands straight and looks forward. The problem there is that he does the same thing when looking at a leaf blowing by, sees another dog, or hears someone else.....pretty much all of the time!

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    my 5 1/2 month old doesn't leg lift yet. He doesn't squat either, he just kinda stretches out and lets 'er rip.

    My sister's 7 month old pit bull/boxer still squats. I don't know when they're gonna start leg lifting, but as long as my little guy pees outside, i don't care!

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    My lab Bailey never lifted his leg. Ever.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    I think my lab was 5 or 6 months when he started lifting his leg. My saint bernard is 11 months and still squats, well, not really squats, but rather, he leans forward and slightly lowers his hind end. I thought maybe because of him being a giant, that he may never lift his leg, but like a previous poster, as long as he's doing it outside, I don't care how he does it.
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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    My boys started to lift their legs occassionally at 5-6 months of age. They are fixed, but learned that behavior from being around my parents intact male golden retriever. Now they almost always run to their spot, lift their leg and pee away. Sometimes they squat, but not so much anymore. They are both nearing 18 months of age now.

    Thankfully they don't mark everything like intact males do.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    I think its females that lift there leg and males that squat. Star squats when he has to go.

    But looking at all the replies, all male dogs are differnt. Some lift there legs others dont. Star don't.
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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    My 11 week cockapoo does not lift his leg and just squats down. It is hard to tell whether he is going number 2 or 1.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Quote Originally Posted by starry15 View Post
    I think its females that lift there leg and males that squat. Star squats when he has to go.

    But looking at all the replies, all male dogs are differnt. Some lift there legs others dont. Star don't.
    Nope, the males generally lift their legs. The leg lifting is a testosterone based response from males. As they start to mature, and as a territorial measure they lift their legs and pee on various "marking" spots. If fixed soon enough, many male dogs won't lift their legs, or mark their territory.

    I have yet to meet an intact male dog that doesn't mark their territory without some serious training to prevent the behavior.

    I have not known any female dogs that lift their legs. They just squat and go. Way more efficient that way. One stop and done, unlike the males who make a few mini-stops before being done.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Jasper didn't lift his leg when I got him at six months (at which age he was also neutered), but he started about six weeks later - he stretches out to pee when he really has to go, the leg lifting is merely a marking thing.

    He wasn't with any intact male dog when the behaviour started, so I'd guess it's instinct.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Most of our greyhounds - neutered at 2+ years of age - leg lift and squat to pee. Marco, unneutered, had never lifted his leg...a few months past his first birthday. He also doesn't mark. Our neutered greyhounds, OTOH, mark everything...even the other dogs

    I have yet to meet an intact male dog that doesn't mark their territory without some serious training to prevent the behavior.
    Our Marco doesn't. I board an unneutered golden who doesn't mark all over the place either. OTOH, we board an intact lab that pee's constantly the entire time he's outside.
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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Dusk didn't lift his leg until he was 9 months old. I swear I thought he was sterile. I now find it easier. Dawn has to look for just the right spot since she only has one shot. When I take Dusk to shows he picks a tree or bush. This becomes his spot for the remainder of the cometipition and we will challenge any dog that is man enough to take it.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    hmm... Well star musta been nutered early, a year old when he was. He never once lifted his leg.
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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Guera my mutt Schnauzer mix is a FEMALE and she will lift her let and pee on mail boxes, trees, tires, fire hydrants and all. I have seen her pee on top of the pee left by my male Dachshund and my friends male Chihuahua. I really thought it was odd at first, but now its just a common thing to see. My friends think that she is confused lol, i just say that is what she likes to do.
    She will squat more often than not, but not a day goes by that I dont see her lift her leg like a BOYYY!
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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Toby learned to lift his leg about 11 months. Cameron, who had Toby to learn from, started lifting his about 10 months.

    I've seen a lot of Husky females lift their legs like the boys.

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    Re: When do male pups start to leg lift?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fizbot View Post
    my 5 1/2 month old doesn't leg lift yet. He doesn't squat either, he just kinda stretches out and lets 'er rip.
    Thats what my dog does as well. It's hard for me to tell as well so I have to lean over to see if he is going but if its a big pee I can see a river of pee trailing out from under him. lol


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