A Question About Male Dogs Lifting Their Leg To Pee

My dog just turned a year old and he’s still not lifting his leg to pee.

Yep, he squats like girl!…

Now what’s with that???


Male Dog Needs Help "Lifting"

I’m hoping some dog experts out there might have some professional experience with this type of dog behavior.

If so, have you got any advice for me?

FYI, our other dog (the Alpha dog) has always taken great pleasure in peeing ON our little anti-leg-lifting dog.

I really shouldn’t say "little" because he’s 70+ pounds and he’s actually taller than the Alpha dog.

But I still feel sorry for little Tenor… from Day One, he’s never been able to pee in peace. He always gets peed on… while he’s peeing!

It’s as if urinating is an after-thought for him.

Sometimes he just stops whatever he’s doing and just squats to pee. Then he carries on, without missing a beat.

And another thing that troubles me somewhat is the fact that the poor guy has never experienced the joy of peeing on a tree. Just clumps of grass… That’s all that this pup has been able to "mark" in his first year of life.

Do you think there’s any hope?


Will Tenor Always Be A Squatter?

While I’m fairly certain there’s nothing we could’ve done to "force" our dog to lift his leg when he pees, I am definitely interested in knowing why this might be his preference and whether or not he is destined to be a squatter all his life.

Do lots of males dogs refuse to lift their legs? Or is mine the only one? (I bet it has something to do with the whole Alpha dog vs submissive behavior thing — in terms of dog psychology anyways.)

I’d be interested in hearing from other dog owners who might be experiencing the same thing.

Will a male dog eventually "grow out of it"? Or is he destined to be squatting like a girl to pee for the rest of his life?

Just wondering…

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Well, I guess my dog’s squatting to pee is a little less cumbersome than this dog who pees upside down!





Get the whole story about ‘Baby’, an 18-month-old male pug who just started peeing this way at 15 months of age.


Proof: Our Male Pup Ignored What Our Adult Male Dog Was Teaching Him

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UPDATE:  Well, finally at the age of 4, our male dog stopped squatting to pee, and he started to lift his leg instead.

It was almost as if it happened overnight! We can’t think of anything that might have triggered the change in behavior. He’s typically a very submissive dog — at least he was for the first 3-1/2 years of his life. Then at 4 years of age, he seemed to get a bit more self-confidence and acted less fearful of things (like strangers, loud noises, etc). This was the same time he started lifting his leg to pee. From there, he almost imediately began "marking" trees whenever we went on walks. It was interesting to see this change in his behavior.

Lynnette Walczak

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  • Gigi

    I have a dog that dosen’ lift his leg to pee but I thought it was because I neutared him very young.

  • Kenny

    Well I know what you mean about the dog peeing on the other dog. First of all, the dominant male will always go and mark his spot where the other dogs urinate. Lately, my male will go and start peeing on them before my other dogs even finish, I suppose supervision is the only thing I can suggest for that. After all, you don’t want a dog that smells of piss, and it is certainly a habit your dog should not have. My male golden retriever occasionally will lift his leg to pee, but he does not always do that, I do not know why, maybe it is something to do with dominance.

  • elizabeth

    i was told by the vet usually when neutered youg they dont lift my dog lifts his leg sometimes and the good thing about it is that they wont be lifting there leg to pee on ur furniture

  • Gaby33

    My 1 year old male pitbull dog is also going through the same situation. He is a little over a year old and still squats to pee. Im not really concerned about it, he will change his behavior when HE is ready. I think that is the same as toddlers they all learn to walk but each at their own time!

  • Lykoz

    My 1.5 yr old GSD lifts his leg to pee at walks, at the dog park, at the beach… basically anywhere I take him.

    He however never lifts his leg to pee at home in the garden. I think its a respect thing, and that he understand it is my territory as the pack leader… Its a nice gesture i believe ;)… My only annoyance is that when he doesnt lift his leg, he always pees on his front leg…

    I think its a sign of respect to not lift his leg if he respects you as his leader. That said, its not a bad thing to lift the leg at home either. A lot of single dogs will not mark their teritory at home… Whilst if you have more than one male I believe at least one of them will lift the leg… I have a second female gsd pup who is 6 months… So basically my dog has nobody to be assertive over, and ‘claim’ the territory.

    Also my dog is not neutered.