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Pet Peeves: Does My Dog Really Need to Pee That Often?!

Q: I love walking and jogging with my Pointer, Rosco – when he's ready to run, he totally keeps me in shape! But, unfortunately he wants to stop all the time, like a couple times each block, to pee. Eventually if I start jogging, he'll run as well, but if I'm just walking him on a potty break or slow the pace even a little, he takes it as his cue to go. Umm, and after the first five minutes, nothing's even coming out anymore! What's up with this?

A: I can definitely relate as my male dog looooves marking things and does the leg-lift-no-liquid thing, too. When walking, start out at a slow pace letting the pup stop to go. After a while, you'll notice a routine and be able to calculate how many breaks he needs to finish. Once you notice that there's nothing left inside, simply give your "finish" command (whatever that word is for your pet) and gently move him along. You should soon be able to limit the subsequent stops and have a dog down to three to five "pee/mark breaks" per short walk. Good luck!


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cynthiasolc cynthiasolc 8 years
Not to worry you, but I thought I'd share my story. I had the same problem with my Cocker Spaniel, Dulci. It started when we moved into an apartment complex but continued after we moved into a house later that year. I thought it was normal too, but I asked my vet about it at her next check-up. Turns out her bladder was FULL of stones and had to have surgery the next day. My poor baby! She's doing well now, it's been about two years, but I definitely keep an eye on any signs of bladder infections cause I don't want her to go through that again!! For her, the signs are frequent potty trips and soreness near her hind legs. She also has problems walking, which made me think she had hurt her back but it ended up being a bladder infection.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
My male is neutered and still marks. My female dog even marks. When my dogs are on leash, Ill let them mark here and there but I don't let them go on every single thing they pass because that just takes too much time and kind of obsessive
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
just like everyone said ... the dog is 'marking'. i've found intact males seem to do this more often than neutered ones.
Jessee Jessee 8 years
I used to dog sit for my neighbor. Every time I took her dog for a walk around the neighborhood, she had to pee on everything: leaves, candy wrappers, little rocks. She was simply marking. Doggies always have a little pee in reserve for this very reason!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
B-Bop does this all the time. I always laugh when he lifts his leg and nothing comes out. I always tell him, see shouldn't have wasted it over there!
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
I'm always amazed at the fact that some people have pets and they don't know anything about their pet's nature. In order to be able to really take good care of one's pet one must be familiar with that. What you describe is nothing more than normal marking behaviour. Like it or not, that's one of the ways the dogs communicate. I suggest reading a book on dogs or maybe when you take your dog to the trainer you could ask him/her to teach you a little about then.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
He's marking. Both my dogs mark and I have a male and female. I would just watch how he acts and learn to distinguish between having to actually pee and just marking. When I can tell that the dogs are just marking which generally means a lot of sniffing around I just say no and keep walking.
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
My dog is pretty unpredictable. Some days she'd pee every 20 feet, others she would pee only once!
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