Yup, definitely a stress displacement behaviour. I do wonder if Arlo's peeing, despite the changed recall cue, is left over from my idiot-training in years past. I don't know for sure, or if its matter of indecision - stay here and smell stuff, or go back for a handful of treats then come back to smell? The answer isn't as obvious as one might hope!I read something somewhere (here? Maybe, my memory's shot.) that peeing and marking serves to reduce stress hormones by emptying the bladder and the relief that brings. I have to give some truth to it since Max pees after every dog encounter where he freaks out. He does pee in every yard that has a resident dog though so maybe he's giving the house dogs the Max-scented finger.
Arlo has a preference for ornamental grasses.Linc poops on collards. And broccoli. He even spins in circles before stopping to hover over them. Anything that can be pooped on... Linc is your man.
Boy pee'd on Higgy The Lab's head yesterday morning. it wasn't his fault. he was already mid-stream when she walked into the bushes to get a tennis ball she'd spotted on her approach to greet us. poor thing emerged from the bushes with the ball in her mouth and the top of her head soaking wet. she was still all smiles, though.I'm pretty sure Sam peed a little on Tricky's head today. I'm choosing not to smell her and find out right now
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