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    Red face Licking other dogs urine

    I have noticed everytime Itoy pee's, Suerti licks it... I discourage it obviously... but i am wondering why? Itoy is castrated, and suerti is booked in to be castrated on Oct 3rd. So I am thinking it's to do with hormones? When he licks, he closes his eyes and licks gently, then he "marks" in the area.

    Also - (and sorry this is a bit of a rant) I am so sick of hearing negative things on the news about Pitbulls and Staffys! I have met quite a few, and most of them are lovely, well adjusted pack members... IMO... If a dog misbehaves, regardless of breed, it is a human that is to blame, whether mistreated before finding a lovely home, or mistreated in current home. (Thanks rant over )
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    Where I live there are alot of staffys and pitbulls, outnumber any other breed around here. If there are more they will be over represented when there are issues.
    I know they are gorgeous natured when cared for but in the hands of a nana ( often male between 20 and 40 around here) they are encouraged to aggression.
    I am wary when walking and watch the body language carefully ( of both dog AND owner) I have more than once had bully come over wagging his/her tail willing to be friendly and the owner yanks them away and encourages them to bark or pats them if they growl. Why ? I have no idea, they seem hell bent on teaching their dog to fear other dogs and people. They live to please their people and will conform to that attitude.
    Of course for every one of these there are 20 that are lovely and nutty players with Mags on the beach, but I take care to check first. it is not their fault.
    These kind of owners need training and like all these things the actions of the very few stuff up things for the rest who do the right thing.

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    It could be a territorial thing. Harley will watch Bella wee and then wee on her spot nearly every time she does. I am guessing they are kind of similar behaviours? lol except Harley doesn't get smelly wee breath

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Barney always licks Pippis wee. Then hell come walking up to you smacking his lips together....creeps me out LOL

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    I watched Maxi last weekend when a male yorkie wandered into my freinds yard, he peed wherever the yorkie peed then the yorkie peed over Maxi's pee and it kept going, then they ran out of pee... And pretended to pee.. Thing is my boy is desexed but I don't think the yorkie was.

    There was a desexed female in the mix but she didn't get into the peeing contest...

    All I can say thank goodness they weren't inside but hey it was funny to watch especially when they ran out of pee
    Last edited by maximus-cav; 09-18-2012 at 06:09 AM. Reason: Forgot to add that it was funny to watch
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    Yes, well Suerti is defiantly a licker, and time he cuddles with us, or just feel like it, and keeps going until he gets his tongue on my mouth
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    Dogs have an extra organ over us; the vomeronasal organ (VNO), or Jacobson's organ which they use for sensitive chemical detection. Basically your dog is doing a more thorough assessment of your other dog, testing for his hormones etc and other things that he can't pick up from smell alone.

    Here is an explanation of both of the organ and the licking behaviour/foaming you might see when the dog engages this organ:

    "While snakes and other reptiles flick substances into Jacobson's organ with their tongues, several mammals (e.g. cats and dogs) exhibit the Flehmen reaction. When 'Flehmening', an animal appears to sneer as it curls its upper lip to better expose the twin vomeronasal organs for chemical sensing. In mammals, Jacobson's organ is used not simply to identify minute quantities of chemicals, but also for subtle communication between other members of the same species, through the emission and reception of chemical signals called pheromones."

    Desexing won't remove this organ however the dog will in time grow to care less about hormones and the like so he is unlikely to be as interested in the urine of other dogs.

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    Wow... thanks 99bottles its very interesting...
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