Why do dogs lift one leg?
13 Jun 07
there are 3 reasons why a dog lifts it's leg when going for a pee. 1. for all male dogs that have not been neutered, they like to scent the area in which they live to attract female dogs. 2. male dogs do this so they don't pee on themselves (a little like when a man goes to the loo, they tend to stand rather than sit) 3. it is learned behaviour, my mums female dog lifts one leg because she was with my dog for 2 years (my dog was my mothers before she moved and i took him on) my mums dog "copied" my male dogs behaviour. hope that helps clear it up for you :)
13 Jun 07
I can tell you why male dogs lift their legs. Now that my old dog is too arthritic to do it anymore, suddenly he is peeing all over his own back feet. I guess male dogs aren't meant to squat because it is just too messy. They are too high off the ground. And if he is peeing on an incline it is even worse becase it all puddles around his feet if it is a long pee.