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I was just wondering when my male dobie will lift his leg to pee? Rocco will stand still and pee, walk and pee and stop in the middle of a good walk and pee!
I also wanted to know when do you give more room in the crate? We have a divider in our crate(so that he doesn't have too much room) but, he looks cramped and uncomfortable. He definitely got bigger than when we got him, but how much room is too much room?
Thank you in advance!!:peace:
 

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I used a full size crate with no divider from day one with no problems, I'd say if he is good all the time...just try it with the divider down and see how he does.

Petey started lifting his leg the day before he turned 7 months....that was it, no more peeing like a girl!

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re lifting his leg to pee; all depends on the dog. My current boy started at around 4 months, however prior to that he would lift his leg if he saw another dog doing it, but he was on the early side in that department. My other 3 dobe boys it was around 5 or 6 months. Don't worry it will happen!

re crates, I use the 500 size in the plastic veri-kennels for male dobes. My soft sided is a large. I don't know how the sizing is on the wire crates, perhaps someone else can chime in on that.
 

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We have the wire crates and have never used a divider. All three of our dobies (2 prior and 1 current) did just fine withouta divider. You can take it out or just move it further to give the pup more space, if you find that it gives him to much room to get in trouble you can always adjust it.

Our two males were different. Our first male it took a while so long that my husband was not sure it was going to happen. I think that he might have been almost 10 months old when it happened. Our second male was much sooner, if I am remembering correctly probably around 6 months. It just varies....don't worry it will happen. :)
 

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When they started to lift the leg has anyone had any problems with them marking in the house. Rock will be at that stage before I know it. I don't plan on nuetering him until one year.




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When they started to lift the leg has anyone had any problems with them marking in the house. Rock will be at that stage before I know it. I don't plan on nuetering him until one year.




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My poop doesn't mark in the house....so far. He is 9 months.

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Rex tried it one time at about 14 months, it was my good fortune to have had a leash on him ready to put him in the truck, so the correction was instant. He was actually aiming at my white cat who was walking around under him! He never tried it again. Rex never had an accident in the house as a puppy and this was going to be a Mark!

I should tell you that when it happened, it was right after a dog show and being around girls in season. I've has 3 dobe boys prior to Rex, two were neutered at about 12 months and the other at 18 months and no problems with them marking in the house. I really think you should be fine and it's much better for the dog to wait until 12 months.
 

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Buddy is 16 months old was neutered early 6 months because of the little girls I had at the time. He still does not lift his leg and I'm happy he does not.
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Every dog is different. I've had puppy dogs who started lifting their legs at under four months and a couple who were nearly a year.

NONE of my males has ever marked in the house. NONE of them do now. When they start lifting their legs outside I start putting them back on a leash, attached to me at all times in the house. Sooner or later they try but only once. An instant correction has always solved the potential problem before it became a real problem. In fact I can dispell the notion that perhaps they should pee on the trash can at dog shows (the one that everyone else has already peed on) by reminding them that they are "inside"--that is the cue for "NO PEEING HERE!"
 

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Rommel didn't lift his leg to pee for a LONG time. I think he might have been over a year old before he did all the time.

As far as the crate divider thing, I think that once they show that they are well on their way to house training, you can start giving more room. I think with Ziris I only did it for a few months, then she had full rein of a really large crate. Positive actions on their part = Positive rewards from me.

I can also say that Rommel has NEVER marked in the house.
 

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One of the GF's biggest concern was that Rock would mark in the house. We've been taking him to puppy classes and people have been filling her head with horror stories. My breeder recommends waiting until a year to neuter but she wants to do it at 8 months. Hopefully all your responses will persuade her once she reads them. Thanks a lot!
 

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I heard that if you neuter them before 5 months that will keep them from hiking the leg, guess it just depends on the dog.
 

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Buddy is 16 months old was neutered early 6 months because of the little girls I had at the time. He still does not lift his leg and I'm happy he does not.
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Really? How do you know if he's going to go?
 

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All of the males we've had growing up were neutered at 6 months and never lifted their legs to "GO". I never thought anything about it until I got Rock. Thats when the breeder said it is better to let them mature a bit before fixing them.
 

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Asher started to lift his leg somewhere around 5 months. He tried once to mark in the house after he was around an intact female. He never tried again after he was corrected. Doodle has never learned to lift his leg. Today he still squats down but has learned to move the front leg. I am more than happy with that.
 

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Mavis used to lift her leg to pee almost all the time.

She was the Alpha-Female type.

At the Dog Park she used to stand in line with the male dogs to pee on whatever they were marking.
 
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