How do dogs determine what and what not to pee on?

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  1. earllogjam

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    Has anybody who has a dog and walks him regularly been able to determine where a dog lifts his leg up for?
     
  2. D_Bob_Crotchitch

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    They do it by scent. Haven't you noticed them sniffing?
     
  3. earllogjam

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    Yeah but what scent? Other dogs, their own, what?
     
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    They need to mark something.

    So something that is off the ground by a foot - a fire hydrant
    Will make their scent more obvious if it is off the ground away from other scents and at a level where another dog can detect if without searching for it.

    Funny question unless you are planning on urine marking your home to keep others away.
     
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    Its easy. EVERY dog in Henderson intuitively knows that he is approaching the Crossy family yard he will poop and/or piss with abandon. Large turded dogs in particular will come down from Mt Charleston to crap on my lawn. Well then, what is it about the Crossy family? We just get no respect. Ever go to the grocery store and pick out a grocery cart in a collection of 100 at least and you get the cart with the fucked up wheel every time.
     
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    They must flip a coin??
     
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    My dogs pee competitively. If one pees on something then other will go up, sniff it, and pee on it even if he's out of urine. They both run out of urine they continue to do the same thing, going through the motions.

    Now sometimes I'm out walking them and I pee too. When I do they try to drink it. Yeah it's gross but it's what they do. Failing that, Tweeter, who tends to be dominant about most of the time, will sniff and then pee right where I did. Boomer doesn't do that. So I think not only does it mark territory for non-pack members, but it's also a competitive act among pack members.

    As to what to pee on, in the morning they don't care much and will just go on the grass, but otherwise they will pull me to someplace that really interests them. Usually it's something tall like a rock or a plant and yeah, I think that's so other dogs will be able to easily smell it. Part of that is mating as well. Female dogs can detect testosterone in the urine the same way males can smell estrogen in females. This lets females know that eligible males are in the area and warns non-pack males to stay out.

    But why one tree over another? I don't know. Maybe they're looking for something with very little scent of its own so theirs stands out, but if they find something with another dog's scent, they try to cover it with their own.
     
  8. Principessa

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    Does this help?:confused:
     
  9. earllogjam

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    My dog often searches out places where other dogs have peed/pooed and pees there. Doesn't have to be a tree or hydrant, it's often on flat grass or the road. I wonder what smell can be so compelling to yank the dog walker with all a dog's might.


    Who would have known that the smell of a dog's urine could tell so much about the dog. Age, sex, friendliness, in heat, how recent the pee was....geez.
     
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