|Was Gus a |
|Boys squat to piddle |
until at least six months.
It wasn't until 14 months that Gus lifted his leg to urinate. This caught my attention and I wondered about the biology of leg-lifting, so I did a little research. This is what I found out.
Leg-lifting behavior is hardwired, not learned. Within the first few months of leg-lifting, dogs reveal a side preference as to right rear or left rear leg-lifting. Leg-lifting side dominance is consistent with side-preference of front paw use. (See my post about canine side-preference.)
|He's a southpaw.|
|He's a righty|
In dogs, muscle strength develops front to back. Head first, then neck, front legs and paws, finishing up with hind legs and tail. This means puppies don't have the muscular wherewithal to stand on three wobbly legs while one is lifted.
|Getting up on the couch? Little guys use their front|
legs because that's where their strength is. Within a
few months they jump up using their hind legs.
Is timing of leg-lifting breed specific?
If anyone knows the answer, please comment.