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July 21, 2020

Why so many female dogs cock their legs!

Why so many female dogs cock their legs!
Dr. Chris Brown
by CHRIS BROWN

It turns out cocking your leg against a tree isn’t just a male dog thing. Yes, in 2020 lots of female dogs are doing it too. And here’s the fascinating reason why…

I recently wrote a piece on why male dogs water so many poles and trees in their unique way. But SO many of you let me know your female dogs also do it. So I’ve done some digging into the deeper details of this doggy business…

And here’s the first interesting discovery. Almost every female dog that did wee the 3 legged way was also described by their humans as either ‘bossy’ or ‘dominant’. There’s also research that suggests exposure to excess testosterone either in the womb or when their own adrenals produce it may be a factor.

So if a female dog decides to cock their leg instead of squatting it’s either hormonal or a learned way of asserting authority. But there is an upside. With that wee being deposited on poles, at least your lawn won’t be wearing those burnt patches…

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