So I’m in Bali at the moment, Land of the Gods and Land of the Dogs. Eating a meal tonight, a female dog was running around on the sidewalk and down the lanes, when suddenly she cocks her leg and takes a pee on a powerpole near me.
Now I’ve known male dogs who were neutered early and never got the hang of cocking, instead preferring to squat.
But I’ve never come across a female who cocked rather than squatted. And for the record, she was definitely a bitch, enlarged nipples (previously whelped) and obvious labial flaps.
Is this ‘something’? Or is it a not-uncommon event that I’ve never heard of before?
My elderly bitch used to do this as she got older. Maybe it hurt to squat. I will add, that the lifted leg wasn’t as high male dog lifted leg. To quote the Whistler: “Who knows what goes on in the minds of dogs.”
I’ve had two female dogs who both did it. I’ve noticed they tend to cock a leg if marking, or just leaving a pee-mail for the other dogs, but if it’s an empty-the-bladder pee, they both just squatted. I think it’s to aim better. Let’s say a male dog has left a pee-mail on a power pole or something and my dog comes around, sniffs to check for pee-mail. She will cock one leg and I think that’s to get her pee delivered to approximately the same spot. If she finds a squatter pee-mail, she will squat to mark that pee-mail as “read”.
And yes, I think I’m clever calling it “pee-mail.” That’s what they’re doing – leaving pee messages for each other. It’s like the dog park is one giant SDMB for dogs.
Mine does that too - at least once or twice by accident when she couldn’t decide which leg to lift - I thought I was imagining it the first time I saw it - and I didn’t mention it upthread because it sounds sort of unbelievable, but your post gave me the courage to say it.
I dog-sat a friend’s dog who did this. Neutered female Brittany spaniel who had one litter before neutering. But she was pretty much an alpha bitch in many other ways. It did surprise me.
I also had a male dog who was neutered at about 4 months. He didn’t learn to lift his leg until he was around 4 years old, and then not always–hardly ever when he peed in the back yard.
My current dog occasionally goes up on his front paws to pee, I assume so it lands higher, so the next dog that comes along thinks he was a bigger dog. (I don’t believe he actually thought this out, I think it’s just his personality or maybe he’s trying to wipe out some other dog’s scent.)