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lifting leg?

Help solve the problem. I can not teach a puppy to raise his leg when he pees. Makes it standing on four legs. Puppy age 4 months.
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The first thing you need to teach a puppy is not to piss on carpets. Oh, how I tortured myself with my dog before he started doing it on the street.
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A puppy generally starts lifting his leg to pee when his adult hormones start to kick in, somewhere about 8-9 months or so. Some dogs never develop the behavior. Dogs pee with a leg lift to mark territory..a male dog will not necessarily lift his leg all of the time and some females will lift a leg to pee occasionally.

Here's a link with more info:
https://www.petmd.com/dog/behavior/e...g-lifting-dogs

It sounds like you have housebreaking managed, but if you need more information, try searching here for housebreaking. There are a number of threads about the process. Here's a couple to get you started:
https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-c...king-help.html
https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-c...mpossible.html

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@MoroCurtis Hi, and welcome to DT!

This thread looks pretty old, but it seems like it's been resurrected a few times in the past. Just a little advice, if you have a question you might want to start a new thread instead of adding to one that was last commented on years ago.

To answer your first question, you don't actually teach a dog to lift his leg when he urinates. It's one of those things that comes with age, if at all! When I was a kid, we had a German shepherd who never lifted his leg. He was a squatter his entire life. I'm not sure if that was due to his being neutered (I couldn't tell you what age he was neutered. If I had to take a genuine guess, I'd say... maybe 5 or 6 months?) or if he just preferred squatting.

My current dog lifts his leg, and he is also neutered, but he was neutered at 13 months. But even so, even though I don't recall exactly when he started lifting his leg, it wasn't at or before 4 months old. I can pretty confidently say it wasn't until maybe (and I'm guessing again here because I can't remember!) 8 or 9 months old that Zeus started lifting his leg, and it wasn't all the time. Sometimes he lifted, sometimes he squatted. It wasn't until after age 1 that he consistently lifted his leg up.

To your second post, yes potty training is definitely important! It wasn't too hard training my doberman to go outside. He even learned to ring a bell when he needed to go out! But we stopped using the bell after a few months because he started abusing it and would ring it just so he could go outside and play instead of pottying. Dobermans are too smart for their own good!
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LOL...

Male dogs mark.

Sure, intact males like my McCoy may be a bit more focused on leaving their
"scent". But what the hey.

If I take "Baby" out for a long walk, he continues sniffing. licking, and trying to mark long after his bladder is totally emptied. He also marks with his poops and his anal gland sac also.

When I walk The Sheriff (our senior) and McCoy together, it becomes a contest! Who can leave more notification that they were here? It's hilarious...

It's a dog thing. Oh BTW...Bitches do it too.

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What I think is funny (well, not really...ick) is when both dogs are sniffing at the same place to mark, and one of them ends up peeing on the other dog. And I'm not really sure they ever really notice. At least, I've never seen one give the other an offended look. LOL
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Sugar is now 6 months and has been kind of lifting his leg to pee while he squats for the last month. It's quite funny to see because he hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet!!



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My late Rat Terrier didn't start lifting his leg until he was over ten years old. I've heard that leg lifting might possibly be a learned behavior, from seeing other dogs doing it.
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I read that lifting the leg is a learned behavior , maybe you should go out with him the next time show him what to do .
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Buy some new Azalea's .........Hoss was a squatter...... till I bought some new plants.
All of a sudden he's and expert on leg lifting ..........and peeing all my new flowering plants.
He seems to be real proud of himself as he looks me in the eye during his ....pissy deed !!!!
Dudes! Geez..................
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Mav didn't start lifting his leg until around 6mo. and then it was sporadically. Trust me you'll regret the day you wished he was hiking his leg when he's hiking it on EVERYTHING!!! lol.
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Enjoy it while you can. It's much easier when they just go and relieve themselves in one spot... no "checking doggy mail" on all the trees and bushes Mel posted some great threads on potty training.
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Funny story on Mr. B - Kadin came from a Kentucky breeder , Cindy had a very nice kennel ! In this kennel was Mr. Bís dad = Steel and another show dog . We took Mr. B with us on one on Aliís appointments and the misses was telling the vet about Mr B lifting his legs , didnít
matter which one and peeing on anything and everything

The vet was looking at the misses and said that he is very young to be doing that and it was a learned behavior , then the vet looked right at me ! That was one of the few times somebody really caught me off guard , wife and Dr. Kristy were laughing there rears off ! Must have been my stuttering I finally got it out that Steel and Gibbís taught him that lmao
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I wish I would have been more vigilant about the leg lifting. Walks are for marking ALL the trees in Newtie's mind.
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I wish I would have been more vigilant about the leg lifting. Walks are for marking ALL the trees in Newtie's mind.
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Enjoy it while you can. It's much easier when they just go and relieve themselves in one spot... no "checking doggy mail" on all the trees and bushes Mel posted some great threads on potty training.


Checking Doggy Mail.........now thats funny !!!! Makes sense now!!!!!

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Bane is almost 11 months and he hasn't starting lifting yet. I'm in the same boat.. Wish he would figure it out because he's killing our grass! We have dead patches all over our yard...

...if only he could learn to target those weeds along the fence...
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Mr. Business is getting pretty good on the fence patrol , donít need to weed eat around the gates

Been working on hitting the fly on the patio now , this winter will be working with him spelling his name in the snow
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