I have recently acquired a young female Catahoula mixed with a small delicate dog like a whippet. She is estimated to be a year and a half old, and has had at least one litter. She is a rescue, having wandered into my yard. She was extremely underweight and dirty. By her behavior she has never been indoors and has been abused. With a lot of love and good food, and the influence of the other dogs in my pack (a spayed German short hair rescue and a smaller mixed breed spayed female)and getting spayed herself, she is making a wonderful pet. But she does something I have never seen in all my years working with dogs, she lifts her leg to pee outdoors, and will even back up to a bush and raise her hind quarters as if to spray like a cat. She is not a dominate dog, she quickly submits to people and other dogs by rolling onto her back. Can anyone enlighten me about this behavior?
Wow Packgirl! That is extremely odd. I'm a former vet tech n hav nvr n my yrs of experience heard of this or heard a client say their female did this. I am very interested though in hearing if other people have experienced this or know whats causing her to do this. Wolfluvr
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It's not uncommon and is usually a sign of dominance and/or marking territory, just like a male dog marks. Does she urinate over other dogs urine or does she attempt to urinate on things like trees or bushes? My dominant female doesn't lift her leg but she will urinate over our other females urine.
It may also be a learned behavior if she grew up with males dogs but that's likely not the reason.
I had a female pom that did this. She literally did hand stands to pee sometimes. She was intact though and usually did it only when she or another one of my females was in heat. It is a marking behavior.