Many people notice dogs urinate on posts, walls, and plant pots as if they have a specific reason for picking such a spot. Â More often than not, the dogs that do these are male, and they actually have a pretty good reason for picking such a spot for urinating. Â Some male dogs even lift their legs high up when urinating on a post, for example. Â These dogs are actually urinating on selected spots to mark their so-called â€œterritory.â€ Â It’s like some form of instinct for male dogs to let the others know that they are the kings and owners of a particular area, and they do it through leaving a mark by means of their urine.
This attitude of marking territories is actually done by dogs even in the past. Â Similar behavior also occurs in other animal species like male bears and teh rhinoceros. Â But the main reason remains the same, and this is to notify the other males of their supposed territory. Â It is said that a dog’s urine is unique and different from the other dogs’ so it contains certain chemicals that pertain to just one dog. Â So if one male dog, for example, wants to mark his own territory, he does it by urinating on things like posts and walls. Â And since dogs have a great sense of smell, other dogs in the area will be able to sniff that a particular area is already marked by another dog.
And along with marking for territory, male dogs also want to project strength and power over other male dogs. Â It’s like a supremacy attitude to tell other dogs about one’s greatness and machismo. Â Some dogs try to urinate as high up on the post or wall as possible which explains why they try to lift their legs so high. Â The higher the marking, the better they can project that they are stronger and bigger than the other male dogs in the area. Â There are also dogs that put marks on several spots just to make sure that any other male dog that roams around will know that the territory is already taken.