I can't believe that just happened!!

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It's Sunday morning, it's early, I'm tiredly brushing my teeth while Steve runs around like a maniac because he's full of his puppy energy.  He's just come in from doing his business outside (number one and two!) and Harry the old pom is drinking in the kitchen from a water dish.  I hear that tell-tale "peeing" noise and I turn to look, aghast, as Steve is lifting his leg and peeing ON HARRY.  Or at least he tried to, he has no aim whatsoever.  

I have no idea what would have caused this!  I'm still totally shocked about it.  Harry is also not fixed and at 13 years old and a crypt I'm not putting him through it, either.  He wears a diaper because he leaks sometimes and his male-wrap was clean and fresh, so no he didn't smell like urine.

Any ideas, other than the obvious, "I'm dominant, your mine" sort of behavior this is?  I do a lot of pack-work with the three to make sure that I help the little dogs maintain their position over Steve but honestly, the bigger he gets, the harder it gets to do that.  He is extremely set on being top dog and I don't know what to do to stop it between the three and I honestly don't think I can.

Suggestions, help, whatever -- this was more a WTF vent about puppies..

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Oh Jes~~ I wish it wasn't funny.. I wish I had some words of advise or encouragement.. I wish.. oh heck.. thanks for the laugh this morning!

Seriously! It's just too much of a visual NOT to laugh and I apologize as I'm sure it's frustrating for you. But. OMG Poor Harry!

What did you do?

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After the fact it is amusing, I agree, but in the moment I was so mad.  He knew he did bad, I surprised him mid-stream, grabbed him by the collar and shook with a "NO!" then outside he went where he stayed while I cleaned up.  

Poor Harry looked at me and said, "You see why I hate this guy now?"  ;)

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He may end up being the top dog, as long as he's not the top human. This is a normal thing. For dogs, pee is a far more important thing than just waste elimination. It's like writing a contract or giving a hug...

The best, kindest, most sure Doberman - or dog for that matter - I've ever had was Drayko. He peed on everyone, even me once! One day he literally drenched Juan, our 2.5 pound Chihuahua.

One thing Drayko was great at was puppy-raising. I could take a rescued or abused puppy, and just stick it with Drayko. He'd take care of it, show it the ropes, play, lead him outside and back in, go find puppies who don't come in when called. But the relationships all started out the same: With a nice smelly gesture of acceptance. Only once though, usually.

It's good that you caught him. That's not an acceptable behavior to repeat.

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Alpha... thanks for sharing the story about Drakyo... but ee gads I hope he doesn't try and pee on everyone as he gets older!  I have stone floors that I have to steam clean and let me tell you its annoying to drag the steamer out to clean up his messes!

I think that he'll probably be top dog, but I'm not entirely sure I want him to take that role at such a young age.  Is that silly to worry about?  And the chihuahua is not happy about that either, as he's always top dog in his doggy interactions.  I've always had very submissive dogs in the past, Steve is my first challenge (woohoo! I wanted it, trust me).  And no he is NOT top dog over me but he does test me constantly.  We fight over the couch a lot - he wants to jump up and look out the window to bark, I want him to get down and stop it.  He does listen when I reprimand him but up he goes regardless..

Oh puppies!! What joys..