If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle…

by Houndstooth on

Ah, the joys of puppy adolescence continue to surprise and amuse us.  I wanted to write a story about Morgan today, but the truth is, Küster was just a lot funnier than she was this week.  And let’s face it, you only turn one once, so if you get the lion’s share of the spotlight, so be it.

Recently, Küster has started to experiment with leg hiking.  I always thought that this was a pretty simple feat for a dog to master, but apparently I’ve been living under a rock.  For as smart as the Puppy Wonder is, apparently everyone has a learning curve.

The other afternoon, it was still a warm, balmy day, and so I was wearing flip flops and capri pants.  It came time for Küs to go out and do his business.  He walked over to the turn out pen and sniffed where the girls had gone.  Apparently, girl pee is some kind of ambrosia since he can nearly go into a trance sniffing it if I don’t remind him to take care of business.

Kuster RaspberryAnyway, Küster decided it was time to leave his mark, but he forgot to hike his leg before he started going.  After he got started, he tentatively began to balance on one leg, only things weren’t going where he wanted them to.  I saw his brow wrinkle as he thought, then he put that foot down and slowly lifted the other foot, but that wasn’t working, either.  So, he started just walking around, with a stream coming out of him like a burst water balloon.

At that point, I was just trying to stay out of his way.  There was no predicting where the spray was going to go, but I was very afraid the the six feet the leash gave me was not going to be enough distance to escape the winsome whizzer.  I hopped around, trying to stay out of the way.  Küs thought this was an invitation to play, so he started trying to leap around.  Now I was really dodging him, and wondering just how much water he had stored up in there.

Goof BallJust as things were looking dire, he finally ran out of ammunition and decided to just bite the leash and play a game of tug.  I was only too relieved to indulge him, especially since it required him to keep all four feet on the ground to try to pull me over.  Our neighbors must live in a constant state of amusement.  One of my deepest fears right now is winding up as the next overnight sensation on YouTube.

It’s just another one of those things they don’t tell you about when they show you cute puppy pictures.  Fortunately, the amnesia caused by puppy breath eventually wears off.  Unfortunately, it’s often not until after they’ve sucked you in with their cuteness.  I tell you, life with a puppy is just one never ending glamour session.  I’ve learned one lesson, never wear flip flops to take a puppy who’s learning to hike his leg outside.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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33 Responses to "If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle…"
  1. rachel says:

    Cute! My male pup is just a year old and recently started lifting his leg too. I’m surprised he hasn’t toppled over yet:)

  2. Sue says:

    Had to laugh at Kuster’s antics. Funny thing is my female Jack Russell often cocked a leg and sometimes even Song did it:)

  3. HAHAHA! I wish you had a video. It might have become another Fenton! Maybe I should send Georgia over to give him some tips on how to pee like a boy 😀

  4. Miss Veil says:

    Beckett still changes his mind mid stream and he is seven. Must be a boy thing!

  5. Roo says:

    BOL! Mom said she had no idea boy doggies had to learn to lift. I sometimes don’t pay attention to where Mom is standing or which way the wind is blowin when I leave my peemail. Thinkin that’s the peep’s job no? 😉

    Waggin at ya,

  6. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Oh Kuster, you are a silly, silly boy.

    Chewy still pees like a girl. So embarrassing.

  7. Jen says:

    Ha-ha! I would have to say that you and Kuster are a very talented team! Leroy does this to sometimes, it’s like he has something better to do than stand in one spot and pee!

  8. Goose says:

    Kuster must be a constant source of amusment. I will be looking for you on YouTube.

  9. genjiscorner says:

    He had no one to learn from since all his siblings are girls.

  10. Cindy says:

    I’ve never had a boy dog, but a couple of our past females were leg lifters too. I never remember them having such trouble, but maybe it is more difficult if you are a boy.

  11. That iscwhy I prefer girls! 🙂

  12. Declan says:

    Well I hate to worry you, but I’m 5 and Mum says she still needs to wear wellies! Deccy x

  13. I’m thinking you might want to wear a cute pair of those pink rain boots until Kuster gets the hang of this. 🙂

    BTW, I also had a female who hiked her leg (Agatha) and she picked it up with no trouble at all. Maybe girls are a little smarter?

  14. BOL! Send him to us for lessons. Even my sissy sometimes hikes her leg!

  15. Benny & Lily says:

    Oh Kuster you will learn how to aim better when you get older, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  16. I heard a story about a young dog that had a big hill in his backyard. The first time he tried to lift his leg he was up on that hill, he lost his balance tumbled down the hill and fell into the pool. He never tried to lift his leg again. This was told by an actress on some talk show many years ago.

  17. Stella says:

    Our little Scottie, Otis, learned to do the three legged stance when he was only 5 months old. Maybe it was because his legs were so short it didn’t require much work to pick up that little hind leg, but he knew it was the right thing to do!

    Perhaps Kus’ long legs make for more precarious balancing!


    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  18. BZ Training says:

    LOL! Love your winsome whizzer! 🙂

  19. LOL. I feel your pain. Even when they grow up and supposedly learn about peeing you’re not out of the woods. Blue still routinely pees on his feet.

  20. Chester says:

    Oncet he has liftin’ his leg completely figgered out, I plan on werkin’ on his aim – prolly when he comes to Gburg. As proven 2 years ago, I can hit my intended mark with uncanny precision. Then of course, there’s always “comedic timing” which will hafta wait until Kuster is a little older. Heh, heh, heh……………. 😉

  21. Tucker's Mom says:

    Great story! I still remember when Dakotah was trying to learn to lift his leg. So funny!

  22. Ryker says:

    Ha! What a cute story!
    Ryker is a good lef lifter as log as something is around. But sometimes when playing hard in the yard he just stops and stands there looking silly, that’s when I know he is just peeing.

  23. Jen says:

    Hah, boy dogs are gross!

    (and funny!)

  24. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning says:

    TD still switches legs midstream, and Lightning alternates between the leg lift and the squat. The funniest part if one pup gets caught sniffing the bush at the same time as one of the boys decides to lift that leg:)

    Mom is sure the neighbors have great dinner conversations over the antics they observe from The OP Pack.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  25. Patty says:

    I would love to see a video of that. I think he needs to spend some time with some boy dogs. He is around girls all the time. LOL

  26. Sage says:

    What a hoot…only because I wasn’t on the receiving end!

  27. The Lady says:

    Thank you for my big laugh of the day!!!

  28. Oh boy…Casper still hasn’t mastered the leg hike. Sometimes he remembers, sometimes he doesn’t. I hope Kuster gets the hang of it.

  29. Lindy says:

    I think I’d be wearing those cute Wellies of yours when walking Mr. Kuster!

  30. Girl Pee is such a delight for Dexter that once he’s done sniffing, he clicks his jaws together for a few minutes. What he’s doing, I have no idea.

  31. Mango says:

    Yes, indeed, the mystery of the leg lift. I have witnessed all my male puppies going up to a pole and lifting the wrong leg. Watch out! And I also see the walking pee spray activity regularly with Dexter as he will be in mid-pee and then smell something interesting. Good times.

    Mango Momma

  32. LOL! I can just see you dancing around avoiding Kuster’s aim! I’m kind of surprised he’s even figured out to lift his leg – living with three girls, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d stayed a squatter.

  33. Wanda McHenry says:

    LOL! hahahahaha! How cute!

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