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AnswerDear Zena,
I have a 5 month old Black Labrador and my mother says something is wrong with him because he does not "hike" his leg to urinate. I think he is still too young. At about what age will he quit squatting and start "hiking" his leg?
Thank you

Labrador owner (Ohio, USA)


Dear Labrador owner,

In some cases, male dogs never adopt the more masculine approach to urinating; instead they squat much like the females. This opposite is true as well with females lifting their legs to relieve themselves. Sometimes this behaviour stays with the dog for the extent of their life. "If it ain?t broke don?t fix it."

There are questions as to why some males adopt the lifting and repetitive marking while others do not. Some vets believe this behaviour is related to the dog?s testosterone level while others believe it is behavioural; picking up the behaviour from other males.

So it sounds like your boy will be just fine. Hope that helps.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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