nedoglover: how to stop dog from peeing on front legs?
i am training a service dog and he is going to get his CGC monday. i am certain he will pass but i am not able to begin any kind of public access because of sanitary reasons. i don't know why he is doing this but he pees on his front legs. he does it usually 1-3 times per day. he is a program dog and none of the other trainers have seen anything like it. he is a shelter dog (passed all the health checks) and seems to be a sighthound (possibly a saluki) crossed with a flat coated retriever. he has feathering on the back of his front legs so it is difficult to just wipe off. you would have to use shampoo and conditioner to make it possible to comb through it again.
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the only reason i can think of that this would be happening is that he has longer legs - he is taller than he is long. he is about a year old & has all of the qualities we are looking for for a seizure response dog (whenever you fall, he automatically licks your face and lays down next to you).
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Answer by Brandon
I just got a dog from a rescue center. Ive been searching the net to see if I could find any tips to help with the dog peeing on his front legs. the problem with mine is stance he hikes his leg but he archers his back like a cat. also he always has one front leg abit back. he is about a year old. he does better when he squats but he pees right thought his front legs. I love this dog very much and I'm never gonna give him away, but if anyone has some advice or a tip on how to maybe correct his stance that would be awesome.
Answer by Julie Mahana
To be honest it'd not something your dog will grow out of. My dog lifts his leg to pee and every darn time that pee hits his front legs and he is 3. It has to do with sheath opening and confirmation. My standard poodle is tall and short backed.. he lifts his leg and his penis goes straight towards the front elbow. It's not something I can train out of him.. if he squats the pee hits the back of his front hocks. I show poodles... so while growing his hair out everytime he had to pee I would have to put waterproof left warmers on him called pee legs.
He is now a finished champion and I can't keep him nice and fluffy because he constantly pees on his legs. I spoke with my vet.... a surgery to adjust penis hole is my only option. It's a few hundreds dollars and to keep my boy clean.. even though he gets weekly baths.. it's one I'm planning on doing very soon.
Answer by dorothy s
Your dog sounds like a contortionist. Although I have never seen a dog do this, he is still very young. Mature dogs lift one of their back legs when they pee. If he is a rescue dog, he may be younger than you think, however when he starts to lift his leg to pee there is no way that he can pee on his front leg.
Most of my dogs have been females, however my friends who have had male dogs appear to be concerned until their males lift their legs to pee. Be patient, at present his front legs might be a bit smelly, this will cease when he cocks his legs to pee. In the interim sponge his legs with vinegar and essential oil of lavender.
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Answer by UHave2BeKiddingMe
I have had a few male horses who do this, it has to do with how they position themselves when they urinate.
With those horses we have to keep their leg hair trimmed pretty close to prevent fungus issues etc.
You could shave off his feathers and see if that works, BUT if he is that high maintenance I have serious doubts for his suitability as a service dog- only because his new owner most likely will not want to have to periodically trim the dogs hair.
Read all the answers in the comments. What do you think?