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Question about male boxers

PostPosted: Feb 07, 2005 4:17 pm
by patsue53
Okay. This is going to sound pretty stupid but I've had other male dogs that have not had this problem. Hugo just turned a year old in January. He still doesn't always lift his leg to pee but even when he does he pees on his front legs!! He does this whether he's squatting or lifting. I thought once he started lifting his leg that he'd aim at the tree and that would be the end of it but instead he misses the tree and pees on his front foot. It's GROSS!!!

Does anyone else have this problem or is my dog just a little bit impaired? :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 07, 2005 5:15 pm
by Ginger
Give him some time. Doc did not aim well either and he did not lift his leg for a long time. I thought it was because he only had girl dogs around, and no one to teach him! He would even pee on the other girl's(dogs that is) heads! (ugg) He has finally gotten the hang of it and can hit pretty much what he aims at. Give Hugo a bit more time to perfect his aim! If he dosn't, well maybe keep a wet towel to clean those feet before he comes in the house :lol: :lol:


PostPosted: Feb 07, 2005 7:54 pm
by wild4flowers
Corky is 4, and has never lifted his leg to pee, until this last fall when we started taking him camping with us. He then saw the other male dogs do it and got to sniffing the trees on his walks. Now his aim is pretty darn good. But he has never pee'd on his own front feet.

We had a male goat that did that tho. And that is common of them. They pee on their feet and aim at the chin whiskers they have, so the odor is ,ummm,,,,appealing to the ladies. Thats why the males smell so disgusting.


PostPosted: Feb 07, 2005 9:58 pm
by Deb118
Sorry I dont have an answer for you Pat. :( But I'm LMAO at the "little bit impaired" comment :lol: But then... I cant say much... Kane's nick name is "numb nuts" :-? :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 07, 2005 11:07 pm
by patsue53 hopefully in a couple of years he'll get his aim straight and I won't have to wash his feet after he pees. :roll:

Deb, hardly a day goes buy that I don't worry about Hugo's cognitive abilities......tonight I left a brand new tub of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" sitting on the counter for 10 minutes. Came back into the kitchen and guess who was licking the tub clean? And guess whose been cleaning up buttery doggie puke all evening?????? :eek:

PostPosted: Feb 07, 2005 11:28 pm
by Old earth dog
It's not uncommon for males to take a bit to mature. My big tough guy Thunder is just now starting to hit the trees....occasionally :roll: . YOu didn't say if Hugo has been nuetered or not. Most males, if nuetered young, will never lift their leg. It has a lot to do with testosterone. Kinda a guy thing. "Bet I can P!$$ higher than you can". My 14 lb JRT can still outwizz Thunder and isn't shy about showing it. :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 12:41 am
by jmboyer
Some excellent points made above, Pat. As we know, both male and female dogs squat to urinate. The leg-lifting in males is a learned behavior related to mark scenting. As research has proven, being around the influence of older dogs will give younger dogs the impetus to adapt to the leg-lifting behavior. But that doesn't always happen. Dogs with heavily muscled thighs will have difficulty with leg lifting. So, too, in rare cases, will dogs with hip or back problems. Others just never seem to get the idea of how to do it. The fact that Hugo is at least attempting to lift his leg is indicative that with maturation he should become adept at the technique.

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 3:18 am
by Tundra_Queen
*ROTFLMBO* Impaired???? :lol: well errr maybe just a bit? :lol: Oh geezeeee that just cracked me up. Never had any male dogs that peed on themselves, especially on their FRONT paws.... :lol: How well endowed is this dog? *falling off chair* :lol:


PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 6:52 am
by patsue53
:lol: :lol: @ Debbie! Glad I could make your day!! :lol: :lol:

OED, Hugo hasn't been neutered yet, but will be soon. It's an interesting point Janet makes about the heavily muscled thighs..I hadn't thought of that. Hugo's thighs put Arnold to shame :lol: . There must be some instinct to leg-lifting because Hugo's never been around another male dog to learn it. (hmmm..maybe I should talk to my son. :lol: )

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 7:11 am
by LucyGoose
:lol: Debbie.......

:lol: :lol: Pat........

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 7:33 am
by Justaysam
I am LMHO at this post. I don't know nothing about peeing, but my terrier poops with his front legs on the ground, and his rear legs up in the air, up onto trees.

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 7:38 am
by newtohosta-no more
Pat ...If you 're thinking of having your son demonstrate the proper peeing technique to your doggie, please make sure the neighbors don't see. :lol: I'm just imagining him crawling around on all fours out in your yard and showing the doggie how to lift his hind leg. :lol: :lol:

And pooping up the tree! Well...that's a whole nother visual!! :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2005 8:07 am
by Justme
Our Dearly Departed Yellow Lab, Truman, never learned to lift his leg. And he lived to be 14 yrs old :???: But, he didn't pee on himself either :lol:


PostPosted: Feb 09, 2005 12:38 am
by patsue53
Thanks for all your input. I think. :lol: :lol: :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 09, 2005 1:49 pm
by Kas
One of our friends was embarassed that his male dog didn't lift his leg. It just isn't manly to have a non-manly dog, I guess. So he went pee in the yard with the dog and lifted his leg to demonstrate. The dog caught on! They had a secluded yard. On the other hand, our old German Shepard/Chow mix was a girl, but lifted her leg to mark trees and such. People would think she was a boy, but she was just tough! Lucky Bear was a very dominant dog where other dogs were concerned.

Hugo eating margarine is not as bad as some of the things Liberty has eaten. Lets put it this way, I keep my bathroom trash can up on the back of the toilet at certain times of the month. Gross, I know. But cleaning up whole maxi-pads mixed with dog poop isn't exactly fun. Not to mention the time I thought she was dying when she puked up blood, only to have the reason clarified on the next heave. :eek: :eek: I realize this post isn't for the weak of heart or stomach!


PostPosted: Feb 09, 2005 4:09 pm
by janet
When my sister and I were little, we had an English Cocker that used to eat our crayons. Made for a very colorful yard!! :lol:

PostPosted: Feb 09, 2005 6:49 pm
by Old earth dog
Pat, I had another thought today. (been a few days since I had one :D ) One of the reasons Hugo is hitting his front legs is because most boxers have a short back in comparison to their height. I recall a Kerry Blue terrier that I trained that had the same problem. My own Kerry male never did this but he had older dogs to learn from.

PostPosted: Feb 09, 2005 8:38 pm
by janet
Wow, when you have a thought, OED, it's a doozie!! That makes perfect sense to me...and I bet it's NEVER a problem with Corgi's or Dachshund's! :wink: What about Basenji's, Boston Terrier's and Pom's I wonder??? We could do a survey...or not. :oops: :roll:

PostPosted: Feb 10, 2005 12:28 am
by patsue53
Good thought OED!! :lol: I'm still hoping that as he gets older his aim will get better. I guess I'll have to find a dog park to take him to so he can get a few lessons but the "big boys." :lol:

Kas...had a Chihuahua when I was growing up that did that too. Very embarrassing. :oops:

PostPosted: Feb 10, 2005 12:30 am
by Old earth dog
:eek: KNOCK KNOCK, Good morning mam! I'm taking a survey. Does your dog whiz on his front feet? :o :o !!!SLAM!!!
Tell ya what Janet. I'll stand back and take notes while you knock on the doors. :lol: :lol: :wink: