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My 8.5 month old male still squats. My husband is concerned because he assumes he should be lifting his leg like all our labs did. This is our 1st golden and personally I’d rather him keep squatting as he’s not marking around the house. Is this normal?
 

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My Oscar, who is 6, mostly squats. Sometimes he will lift his leg, but that is rare. From my limited experience it seems to be dog preference.
 

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Awesome! I’ll be quite happy if he continues to squat! My hubby not so much! It’s kinda crazy that would worry him to begin with. This is the 1st male I’ve had that doesn’t lift his leg so I wasn’t sure if it was breed related or something.
 

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Denver squats to actually pee...but lifts his leg to mark. He is still intact and I believe the hormones can have something to do with it. He started lifting his leg and marking when he was about 7 months old. I sort of assumed if he had been neutered he would likely only squat. Either way, it's nothing to worry about!
 

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I believe it’s a learned behaviour. They see other dogs do it, they learn to do it too. I had a senior rescue dog who squatted. The dog had never been socialised so I assume that’s why, he never learned it from other dogs. He was also entire up until the age I adopted him too (age 7).
 

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Aidan’s not around any other make dogs, so that could make sense that he’s not seen that before. Hes only been around my in laws female dog. He’s also intact, so I was expecting him to start marking my houseplants, etc. I’ll cross my fingers that doesn’t happen though!
 

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Both my boys 8 and 9 years old only squat. My daughter once proudly proclaimed "we taught em' that". They were being trained as guide dog puppies and as such we were always told they must pee on leash, on pavement, primarily because they were usually placed in urban settings and needed to be comfortable doing that. So they were always out on the driveway with nothing to target, squatting became natural to them. Believe me you're better off if he doesn't pick up the concept of targeting while peeing.
 

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More no-lifters here. We’ve only had boy dogs and all of them have squatted (or stand and delivered as I like to call it, lol). Only my current 7 yr old golden will sometimes lift a leg (ish) and only to pee over our other dogs spot. Never on anything else. My suspicion is this is due to the fact that he wasn’t altered till after 2.
 

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My guy does both at 10 months old. More of the "stand and deliver" but the odd time he will lift a leg maybe one out of 4 or 5 times. He has never marked anything so I am happy about that and I hope it stays that way. I have no plans to have him fixed.
 

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Kaizer didn't start to lift his leg until 10ish months old. I have a theory it's because when he was around 10 weeks, he tried to lift his leg while peeing after watching another dog do it and promptly fell over LOL. He never marked in the house
Ned did the same thing as a puppy. He would also try and scratch his tummy with his back leg from a standing position, and he almost always fell.

He started lifting his leg at 12 months. He only does it if he is trying to pee on something upright like a bush or lamppost. Unfortunately, he does mark inside, but only when other dogs are around. When my parent's puppy stayed with us last month, he went around marking every room in the house. It was awful.
 

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My sister in laws male golden squatted for his entire 14 years. On the other hand, my 5 year old female will sometimes lift her leg to mark a spot of concern.
I often say she is gender confused.
 

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Very interesting! During my life I’ve (or my parents) have owned male toy poodles, Westies, labs, several muts, a Dalmatian and a Irish setter. Every one of them lifted their leg to pee, so this is new to us. It seems very common with Golden’s on here though! Just another reason to prefer Golden’s, ha! I must say they are now my favorite and I’ve never had such a bond with a dog before. My hubby feels better now that he knows it’s not just our pup!
 
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