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Angel
3rd May 2007, 11:34 AM
I got Scooby desexed at 5 months and am wondering if he will cock his leg to pee (He's almost 6 months at the moment)? Or remain in his current squatting position? I'm kinda hoping that he will stay the way he is at the moment because cocking his legs will make a whole lot of a mess in the house. Just want to see what others cavs are like...

coconut
3rd May 2007, 11:37 AM
Freddie is nearly 7 months and still does no cock his leg!!

Caraline
3rd May 2007, 11:58 AM
Hi Angel

Because Scooby has been desexed before he got a chance to become sexually mature he may never cock his leg.


I'm kinda hoping that he will stay the way he is at the moment because cocking his legs will make a whole lot of a mess in the house.

A male that cocks his leg will not make a mess in the house unless he is not toilet trained. I've had intact males most of my life and I've never had an adult mark inside the house.

They will pee on your vegetable & herb garden given the opportunity though.

Karlin
3rd May 2007, 12:41 PM
He would still be a bit young to be cocking his leg. Most start between about 6-12 months. The majority of males will eventually cock their legs -- including many, but not all, of those neutered before they started. Some will squat, even those who are intact. And many do a mix (both my neutered males do both, though Leo almost never squats). I know of plenty of dogs neutered before they lifted their leg who end up doing this so be prepared -- most males do NOT go like females go, in one whoosh -- they do lots and lots of small wees preferably in lots of locations, and this is NOT something you want indoors! Hence I would really strongly advise housetraining any male dog to go outside -- chances are he will want to cock his leg and he WILL pee on walls if he has nowhere else to go inside. He will also cock his leg everywhere you take him, in other people's houses, because to him this will be the norm. Once he starts doing adult sized bowel movements several times a day indoors, expect things to become very unpleasant and smelly as well. At five months, he should be mostly housetrained by now though to go outside if you have been housetraining, and a normally-housetrained dog won't lift his leg indoors. :thmbsup:

Bruce H
3rd May 2007, 01:06 PM
Chances are he will do it when he gets a bit older. I understand (though have never seen it) that there are rare instances where a boy will always squat, but it really is rare.

I had to laugh because a few years back we had one of our puppy people drop off her boy (maybe 9-10 months old) for boarding for a week. She asked if our boys could teach her boy to lift his leg. She was concerned that her boy was peeing like a girl :lol: Well, darned if that boy didn't start lifting his leg while he was at our house!! She was absolutely thrilled when she picked up her boy who now peed like a man!! It was really cute!

Linda
3rd May 2007, 01:22 PM
Dudley was neutered at 5 1/2 months and did'nt cock his leg until he was close to a year old.
On walks he will cock his leg at every given opportunity, has to let everybody know that he was here. Although in our backyard he will still squat most of the time.

Darby on the other hand is 13 months and he is still squatting 98% of the time and on a few rare occasions at the park he has cocked his leg.

I used to always want them to squat, now that I have two I really don't care either way as long as they are not peeing on each other.

Dudley has marked a couple of times in the home of another friend who had a cavalier if you are concerned about that, a BellyBand will come in handy with a mini sanitary napkin attached.

He has never marked in our home.:) :)

Karlin
3rd May 2007, 01:35 PM
Well, darned if that boy didn't start lifting his leg while he was at our house!!

Just like a boy; as soon as there was an element of COMPETITION up went the leg... :lol:

I remember feeling so proud of Jaspar when his leg started to go up. First it was almost just a little sideways kick, then he started lifting it so high he was barely able to balance on three legs. :) Leo came at 10 months already having to pee higher than the German Shepherd down the street. :rolleyes:

Barbara Nixon
3rd May 2007, 02:01 PM
My boys have weeing contests.Who can wee the highest ? or Who can be the last to wee on one spot?

The three last ones, Izzy, Joly and Teddy have cocked legs very early16 weeks or earlier, copying the big boy/boys. It was quite funny to watch the little ones, who cocked so high that they were vertically spread and often toppled over backwards in their efforts.

Karlin
3rd May 2007, 02:20 PM
It was quite funny to watch the little ones, who cocked so high that they were vertically spread and often toppled over backwards in their efforts.

Yes that is what is so funny when they first start and try to be like the big boys! :lol:

Lani
3rd May 2007, 02:27 PM
Lucky started at 7.5 months - he cocks his leg 75% of the time, and it is hilarious when he does because a lot of the time he will nearly topple over because he has his leg up so high ...

He looks like someone without much balance learning yoga ...

Sue.k
3rd May 2007, 03:04 PM
I was soooooo proud of Prince the first time he cocked his leg, my family thought I was mad because I made such a big deal of it, the odd time when he is in lazy mode he wont bother, he just squats :)

Cinder
3rd May 2007, 03:20 PM
Evidently my lil 'man' will never grow up :rolleyes:

Cinder just turned TWO and has NEVER cocked his leg to pee! I was really surprised that he didn't start when we started sending him to doggie-daycare....I thought he would see all the "big-boys" doing it and want to follow suit!! Evidently he was just too cuddly for the doggie-supervisors to ignore tho and most of the time they told us he spend his afternoons on someone's lap! :rotfl:

What a little suck-up! :l*v:

-Bonnie

arasara
3rd May 2007, 03:22 PM
:lol:

These responses are too funny!

Kosmo was neutered around 5 months too and he learned to lift @ about 9-10 months. I would like to kill him sometimes but it's not too bad.

The worse experience I've had was when Faith came. Kosmo went #2 (Faith had already gone) and I went to pick it up. When I stood up I couldn't for the life of me find Faith's "bag" and went looking for it.. to my surprise, Kosmo found it and was peeing all over it!!! I wanted to kill him!!! icon_devil

Now that i look back on it, it's funny but at that time, it wasn't so because I still had to take the bag back home!

Kosmo still squats 1/2 the time. I sort of "regulate" his peeing because if I don't then he'll lift at every tree and piece of tall grass :roll:

duncans_ma
3rd May 2007, 04:14 PM
Duncan did not lift until he as around 2 years old (just last month) but now does it only about 15-20% of the time.

My in-laws told me Arthur has lifted his leg once..I don't buy it...I've never seen it.

Mycavyangels
3rd May 2007, 04:24 PM
Buddy started to cock his leg about 8 months old!!

WoodHaven
3rd May 2007, 04:37 PM
I have a girl that will lift her leg (just off the ground)-- the overly worry wart that I am ran her to the vet thinking her knee was bothering her. NOPE - both knees are fine and I've seen her pick up the other leg to go too. :o

Cinder
3rd May 2007, 04:48 PM
:rotfl:

Sandy, maybe your girl can teach my boy a few tricks!

:rotfl:

LauraD
3rd May 2007, 05:29 PM
Wow, I guess my boy is a little different. :confused: So at 1 year and 4 months he still has not lifted his leg. And he goes to daycare and is around lots of "big boys", but still no lifting. Plus he does not pee on anything on walks, never has. He just dances to the beat of his own little drum I guess. icon_nwunsure

Holly
3rd May 2007, 05:30 PM
Sometimes it works in reverse...Oliver does lift his leg to go, but my boyfriend's 100 lb yellow lab, Colby, doesn't!! After Oliver has been hanging out with Colby for a while, he starts to squat just like Colby! It's so funny... especially because my boyfriend thinks Oliver is a "girly" dog! I have to tease him when Colby squats rather than lifting his leg! :)

ppotterfield
3rd May 2007, 08:31 PM
Our Buddy does lift his leg but almost never "against" anything. He just goes to the middle of the yard and lifts his leg in the air. When he first started doing it he used to lose his balance but now he just stands on three legs with other raised and has at it. He also can "hold" it longer than any dog I have ever had and so he keeps the leg up for what seems like an eternity. How there is that much in one little dog is beyond me!!

Lucy's mum
4th May 2007, 04:05 PM
Henry was neutered at 5 1/2 months and is still neatly half-squatting at 10 months. It's not a full squat, he sort of leans forward and pushes his belly down. No attempt at all to cock his leg.

I used to have a Border Collie girl who was spayed at 6 months but copied my older Border Collie boy Ben and started cocking her leg. She only did this when out for walks, off lead. In the garden she used to revert to squatting.

Angel
4th May 2007, 05:35 PM
He would still be a bit young to be cocking his leg. Most start between about 6-12 months. The majority of males will eventually cock their legs -- including many, but not all, of those neutered before they started. Some will squat, even those who are intact. And many do a mix (both my neutered males do both, though Leo almost never squats). I know of plenty of dogs neutered before they lifted their leg who end up doing this so be prepared -- most males do NOT go like females go, in one whoosh -- they do lots and lots of small wees preferably in lots of locations, and this is NOT something you want indoors! Hence I would really strongly advise housetraining any male dog to go outside -- chances are he will want to cock his leg and he WILL pee on walls if he has nowhere else to go inside. He will also cock his leg everywhere you take him, in other people's houses, because to him this will be the norm. Once he starts doing adult sized bowel movements several times a day indoors, expect things to become very unpleasant and smelly as well. At five months, he should be mostly housetrained by now though to go outside if you have been housetraining, and a normally-housetrained dog won't lift his leg indoors. :thmbsup:

I'd love to have him go outside and pee. The problem with Scooby is, we didn't get on top of the house training and now he is too used to pee indoors. I tried to take him outside to pee today (after he started sniffing around went into the squatting position) and we stayed outside for about 45mins and still he didn't pee. Within five minutes of arriving home, he peed inside. I think he's just too conditioned to peeing inside now and wont' do it outside anymore.

moniechris
4th May 2007, 07:52 PM
Wesley used to lift his leg on everything when he was intact. Now that he is nuetered, he squats :confused:. I will get the occasional leg cock on walks though.

He picked up cocking his leg at the dog park. When he first started lifting his leg, he was really confused and tried to lift his leg to poop!!! That didn't go over very well :lol:

Cody was nuetered at 5 months and is now 10 months old and hasn't done it yet.

Cathryn
5th May 2007, 12:44 AM
This has had me in stitches the last day or so, then this morning I let Darcy out, he's just 14 weeks old, so off he trots with his mum Princess following, I looked out of the window a couple of minutes later and there was young Darcy cocking his leg up the fence post! :rotfl: But what really had me laughing was the way his mum was looking at him, I swear if she could talk she'd have been saying "That's my boy all grown up, a REAL man now!" cl*p :rah:

Nisha
5th May 2007, 10:38 AM
My boys were desexed at 6 months and by the time they were a year old they started lifting their leg...Monty switches between the two..sometimes he lifts and sometimes squats...so they only started at around a year old

But what really had me laughing was the way his mum was looking at him, I swear if she could talk she'd have been saying "That's my boy all grown up, a REAL man now!" cl*p
:rotfl:

Lucy's mum
5th May 2007, 01:32 PM
He picked up cocking his leg at the dog park. When he first started lifting his leg, he was really confused and tried to lift his leg to poop!!! That didn't go over very well :lol:

That had me laughing out loud at the thought.

Our daft Henry tried to poop on a slope in woodland the other day but started toppling over. :yikes He carried on trying as he slithered down but in the end he just slipped right down the slope. His face was priceless! :confused:

murphy's mum
5th May 2007, 02:13 PM
My boy is a year and 2 months and still hasn't lifted his leg, but I'm kind of glad. Every time my sisters Cav pees he does it right down his leg:lol:

Cathy Moon
5th May 2007, 04:01 PM
Geordie is 3.5 yrs old and has never cocked his leg; he was neutered at 4-5 months. He leans forward and does a half squat, as described by Lucy's mum - quite a masculine-looking stance, really, compared to my girls!;) ;) ;)