View Full Version : A silly question about males. Is cocking the leg to pee instinctual in males or is it a learned behavior? For example, if male dogs are reared with only females and are never socialized with other males will they still start cocking their leg or will they just always squat to pee because they've learned that from females? I think I must have had too much time on my hands today to come up with this question! Both of my boys--Winston 7 and Bentley 1 both squat so I don't know.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Care
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Puppies are babies and just like human babies they're going to go through a lot of different phases and stages on their way to adulthood Knowing what you can reasonably expect from your puppy and what he simply isn't capable of yet is hugely important, because it not only eliminates some frustrations, but also ensures that your little guy gets exactly what he needs from you. With purebred pups you can get a reasonable answer to this by looking at the parent dogs. For mixed breeds it is much more complicated. If you want to learn all about canine pregnancy, and how puppies develop during the 9 weeks they spend in the womb, check out this page Dog Pregnancy.
In most cases of hypothyroidism in the cavalier King Charles spaniel, it is a genetic autoimmune disorder lymphocytic thyroiditis which destroys the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces hormones which maintain the dog's metabolic rate -- the speed at which the dog converts nutritional energy into fuel for the body. When the thyroid deteriorates, it begins to produce insufficient quantities of the thyroid hormones. Then the body's cells are unable to convert nutrient energy into energy fuel as quickly as normal. Another possible cause of hypothyroidism is trauma to the thyroid gland, caused by collars.
Dogs are considered puppies from birth to one year of age and go through several puppy stages and development periods. A newborn puppy doesn't look much like a dog and goes through different stages of puppy development during his first twelve weeks. However, each dog develops differently, with smaller dogs tending to mature earlier and some large breeds not physically mature before they are two years old. The rate of puppy development also varies from breed to breed. However, no matter the breed, all puppies are born totally dependent on the momma dog, technically called the bitch.