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    Default Female dog cocking leg?

    Hi everyone,

    Yesterday at the park I noticed Molly was cocking her leg like a male dog to pee, she wasn't doing it against trees etc, just on the grass and she would pee half standing up with one leg lifted. She only did it a few times and the other times she pee'd squatting like a female should. Is this normal behaviour? As she hasn't had much socialisation before coming to me she 'imprints' herself on other dogs quite easily... Meika is very 'talkative' and Molly has picked up this habit as well as heaps of Meika's other 'quirks' but Meika is a female and pees normally so it can't be from her. We do hang out with a lot of male dogs at the park so is it possible that she's picked it up from them in the hour or so we're there each day? I thought she might have sore hips/back and was unable to squat but she was only cocking her leg half the time so I don't think it was from pain.
    If there is no harm in her peeing like this, then I don't really see a problem but out of curiosity I was just wondering if anybody has seen a female dog do this before? And what they think might cause it?

    If it helps, she's somewhere between 18 months and 2yrs old, is a lab cross and came to me in April from a shelter so we don't know much about her past but she was very unsure of everything when I got her and didn't seem like she had had any socialisation or human/animal interaction before coming here.

    Thanks Guys

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    No harm at all, actually a lot of female dogs will do this, especially if they are fairly dominant.
    It can actually benefit them in the long run, when a female dog squats to pee in the grass they can pick up all sorts of infections, by lifting her leg she is eliminating this risk.

    My Prada will only squat if she desperately needs a wee, any other time she will lift her leg on posts just like a male dog.

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    Thanks! That's good to know that it's quite normal and she's not alone Poor girl already gets called a 'him' all the time and I don't think this will help much... time to go buy a bright pink collar haha!

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    Come to my place, all four bitches do the one legged, get it as high as possible pee. And just like Crested's girl it's mostly done when they are marking or not busting, when they really need to pee eg: after being woken up after 6 hours asleep on the lounge and told to toilet before being put to bed they squat. Funnily enough my 4yo male squats when at home and only cocks his leg when out walking, and then probably not as often as two of my bitches.

    Yet all are extremely clean around home.

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    My previous dog used to pee on things, as high as possible, but not necessarily cocking her leg. She used to kind of back up to bushes or poles and maybe lift one foot slightly off the ground.

    I have no problem with people calling my dog a he. And now we are minding a male dog, there is lots of gender confusion going on. I call him a "good girl" and her a "good boy".

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    lol don't worry, this is totally normal especially with females who want to impress or be dominant over males. My girl sometimes stands on her two front legs with her back legs in the air so she can pee even higher on the tree. It's pretty funny to watch and sometimes she gets splashed which is funny but also disgusting.

    Looks like this:


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