Leg Cocking to wee

(35 Posts)
TeaOneSugar Sat 26-Jan-13 20:08:47

DD would like to know when our puppy will start to cock his leg for a wee, any idea what the average is?

He's a six month old cocker spaniel.

We've only had one male dog before, a rescue who always squatted because he had bowed from legs, so it's a novelty.

digerd Wed 30-Jan-13 17:19:14

My little female I have had for 3.5 weeks is in season. I will be getting her spayed in 3 months time. She sniffs at all the cocked adverts for ages and when she likes it she squats at the bottom of it - and she seems to like lots of them. She's a right little hussy. But didn't at all. Wonder what her criteria is?
Where no other dogs have been, she squats with her right leg cocked sideways bent. Perhaps she can tell which ones have been neutered? Not enough testosterone in wee?

mrsjay Wed 30-Jan-13 08:36:11

Jas is 18 months old and still squats. I have a feeling he won't ever cock his leg.

he will never be a man grin

aliasjoey Mon 28-Jan-13 20:23:43

thinking about it, our (neutered) dog cocks his leg when marking his scent out on walks, but when he's just in the garden he does the stretch-hover, lifting one leg about an inch off the ground.

I never thought about it before. really, how bored am I to be thinking about it now grin

digerd Mon 28-Jan-13 20:17:01

Tea
Yes it will be. You should shower that bit every day - will only need a few seconds once the sticky patch has been got rid of. It could cause him skin irritation if left.

TeaOneSugar Mon 28-Jan-13 17:49:40

Ours sort of stretches and wees, rather than squatting like our bitch used to.

He keeps getting a sticky patch just in front of his willy, I'm hoping that's wee.

groovejet Mon 28-Jan-13 17:41:34

Not that I have noticed, he just manages to stretch and do the splits with his hind legs to avoid his tummy. Will have to have a closer look next time he goes to double check though grin

digerd Mon 28-Jan-13 17:37:15

Doesn't he get his tummy sprayed/squirted?

groovejet Mon 28-Jan-13 17:04:55

Mine is a year old next month and has never cocked or squatted he just stretches himself out and goes. He did have a brief stage of going for a wee and then after he finished cocked his leg think he was a bit confused grin

He was not really a humper either, apart from a couple of collies then he was a tad obsessed.

Jas is 18 months old and still squats. I have a feeling he won't ever cock his leg.

SpicyPear Sun 27-Jan-13 20:51:58

SpicyPup started occasionally cocking from 9 weeks! Some frantic googling ensued to check something wasn't horribly wrong. He has consistently cocked from 13 or 14 weeks and never squatted, just did it standing up. He is 5 and a half months now and marks on walks. Furry plums off in a month or so I think!

My cocker is 12. A boy and didn't cock his leg for long enough! He alternates between cocked leg and a sit down pee! Used to it now!

D0oinMeCleanin Sun 27-Jan-13 16:34:53

Our newest foster cocks his leg. He's just spent 20 mins in the yard with Devil Dog having a mad scenting spree over the top of each other.

The newest one, who we shall call Donkey, is the most gentle dog I have ever met, he is scared of Whippy fgs, so not dominant in the slightest. Devil Dog is anxious and nervous, which at times can come across as cocky, but he's not dominant.

digerd Sun 27-Jan-13 16:29:36

I taught my DH to sit as showed him the yellow spots on the light pink floor mat and he was horrified. He was a very clean and hygienic man- just had never noticed it before. And no he was not a domineering person, his Mother was that. But she had reared 13 children, and lived to be 89.
My females only slightly cocked when inseason. With small dogs it was funny them losing their balance when cocking for the first time

digerd Sun 27-Jan-13 16:18:00

My niece's rescue male has always squatted. Now he's 11 and got arthritis, he cannot squat anymore, and sweet thing can manage just a slight bend now.

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Sun 27-Jan-13 15:52:00

My Springer x is 16 months and still squats.

I must admit that, for some reason, I don't want him to cock his leg smile

mrsjay Sun 27-Jan-13 14:58:07

mine does both he started cocking his leg at 9ish months but squats and does a leg lift hover combo grin he is nutured,

DeepRedBetty Sun 27-Jan-13 12:23:02

Most of them seem to start at around 9 months, give or take, I think it's all to do with their own convenience. Some dogs never do it, some bitches take it up, I've always assumed they don't like widdling on their legs so organise themselves in whatever way avoids this best.

D0oinMeCleanin Sun 27-Jan-13 12:06:21

No idea about leg cocking, but someone mentioned the 'D' word.

I'm bored of typing the same things again and again so I will let this research do my work for me today grin

Dogs do not try to dominate. Nor do wolves.

GobblersKnob Sun 27-Jan-13 12:00:35

Mine is 2.5 and not neutered and very rarely cocks his leg, which means he generally wee's on hs front feet, not his most endearing habit hmm

digerd Sun 27-Jan-13 11:57:14

I saw a very determined little Yorkie male do a handstand to get his scent marked as high as he could up a lamppost.

Cuebill Sun 27-Jan-13 11:12:40

Nothing to do with hormones, nothing to do with dominance just a dogs personal preference. Some male dogs squat and cock leg, so do just one.

Do some of you DH sit to wee on occasions or are they just dominant buggers who always stand hmm

My Springer is 18 months old and has never cocked his leg. He was neutered at 7 months. He didn't hump either though.

Floralnomad Sun 27-Jan-13 09:56:02

I wonder if leg length is relevant as my terrier has long legs (cocks),but my mums has short legs (doesn't cock) and I have a friend with westies who also don't cock their legs . Perhaps we should do a survey !

digerd Sun 27-Jan-13 09:51:18

With my Westies it was 7 months at first attempt. But they have quite short legs, compared to Cockers.

DoingTheSwanThing Sat 26-Jan-13 21:35:11

We have 2 4 year old cockers, both neutered. One did it from being a few months old, it's a rarity for the other to bother!

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