Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Community > MacNN Lounge > Why do dogs like to pee on fire hydrants?

Why do dogs like to pee on fire hydrants?
Thread Tools
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:25 PM
 
What is it with dogs and fire hydrants? Why fire hydrants? Of all the places they could pee, how come they always go for fire hydrants?
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:35 PM
 
the higher the dog (actually this works for most animals) can pee, the bigger they appear to others that come across the same path. the one who can piss highest can piss the best. it's just a dominance/territory thing. trees, bushes, front doors
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:37 PM
 
Yeah, but the pee just dribbles down the fire hydrant...
     
Professional Poster
Join Date: Jun 2007
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:37 PM
 
They're marking their territory. I'm not sure if ever had a dog but if you had, you'd probably noticed when you took him out for a walk, he'd stop every so often and wizz on something. Basically claiming it as part of his domain.
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:40 PM
 
and covers up whatever lower pissing scent scent there was. again, the higher you can piss, the better.
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:55 PM
 
What if the hydrant has never been peed on before?

I mean, you could pee on *anything* - a tree, a mailbox, a squirrel, a rock, a log, a garbage can... Why do they insist on peeing on fire hydrants?
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 04:59 PM
 
then the first dog that gets to it owns it until the next dog or whatever animal comes along and pisses higher
     
Professional Poster
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: In the South
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 06:14 PM
 
Dogs pee on everything. Not just fire hydrants. I think the fire hydrant has just become the symbol of a city walk.
     
Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Cambridge, UK
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 06:38 PM
 
As KerVit said, not just fire hydrants, everything. Fences, houses, walls, bushes, lamp posts etc. It's just commonly portrayed in cartoons and advertising that they always do it on fire hydrants.
     
Professional Poster
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Australia, the greatest country in the world, (Australians keep telling me).
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 07:05 PM
 
Exactly, in modern countries the hydrants are recessed into the sidewalk, the dogs there have to pee on trees and cars.
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Tampa, Florida
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 07:20 PM
 
My dog brings a stool all the time to make sure that she pisses the highest of all the hood's dogs.
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 07:59 PM
 
I've never seen a dog pee on anything but a fire hydrant.
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 08:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by besson3c View Post
What is it with dogs and fire hydrants? Why fire hydrants? Of all the places they could pee, how come they always go for fire hydrants?
The same reason I do.
"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
my bandmy web sitemy guitar effectsmy photosfacebookbrightpoint
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 08:39 PM
 
You guys should pay attention to RAILhead more, he is the funniest guy here (next to me)! Give the man a little respect, I'm sick of all you guys being rude and mean to him!
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 10:15 PM
 
It's no biggie -- I just pee on their posts.
"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
my bandmy web sitemy guitar effectsmy photosfacebookbrightpoint
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 10:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
It's no biggie -- I just pee on their posts.
is there something you're trying to tell us?
     
Professional Poster
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: In the South
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 10:42 PM
 
Railhead is my friend.(I think.) Why the rage?
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 10:43 PM
 
it was a joke, no rage involved
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 11:19 PM
 
RAILhead is also handsome.
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 11:20 PM
 
and so i've heard from numerous people on and offline. a hunka hunka burning love i've heard
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: planning a comeback !
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 11:25 PM
 
This thread made me wanna piss.

OFFICIALLY !

-t
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 11:29 PM
 
Why isn't this "official" Why do dogs like to pee on fire hydrants? thread
¡Viva Cristo Rey!
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 19, 2008, 11:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by Chongo View Post
Why isn't this "official" Why do dogs like to pee on fire hydrants? thread
Temporary lapse in my judgment... Don't even *think* of upstaging me by creating an official version of this thread, ya hear?
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 12:00 AM
 
in other words a mod talked to him
     
Senior User
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Manch-Vegas, NH
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 12:06 AM
 
I think it has to do with canine psychological replacement. Outside of the city/urban environment dogs usually relieve themselves on trees (This is is coming from a lifelong dog owner who lives in the forests of NH). In the city, fire hydrants are the closest structures a dog has that resembles a tree. The 'height' element discussed prior is true.
What, me worry?
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Louisiana
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 12:25 AM
 
Last week my dog took a dump in the bed...while she was still asleep.

I didn't ask the question, "Why?"

For some things, an answer just cannot be found.
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Your Anus
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 01:49 AM
 
My dog used to pee on fire hydrants, but I don't let him anymore because it's too much of a cliche.

My sig is 1 pixel too big.
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: yes
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 01:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
in other words a mod talked to him
Huh? Dude, you need to work on making some of your posts less cryptic!
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 07:41 AM
 
Well, I just got up, headed outside, and took my morning whiz on the hydrant at the end of our driveway. It's currently 36° and windy, so it was rough -- but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
my bandmy web sitemy guitar effectsmy photosfacebookbrightpoint
     
Addicted to MacNN
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 20, 2008, 07:49 AM
 

¡Viva Cristo Rey!
     
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: retired
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 21, 2008, 05:50 PM
 
What I want to know is why my dog has to smell every piece of dog sh!t he comes upon and I have to yank his chain?
     
abe
Professional Poster
Join Date: Mar 2006
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 23, 2008, 05:12 PM
 
Man's Irresistible Challenge:




Canine's Irresistible Challenge:



Why do they/we do it?

Because it's there.
America should know the political orientation of government officials who might be in a position to adversely influence the future of this country. http://tinyurl.com/4vucu5
     
Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Night's Plutonian shore...
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 24, 2008, 01:01 AM
 
For the same reason that I do: Because.

I used to have a dog that had to pee on everything. Freakin' everything, I kid you not. If I was using the extendable leash to walk him he'd try and go up on front porches to pee on the spindles. Or the door. Or the plants. One time I was walking him downtown and he stopped and pissed on this old lady's leg. That was awkward. What the hell are you supposed to say then?

I miss that dog.
Nemo me impune lacesset
     
abe
Professional Poster
Join Date: Mar 2006
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Jan 24, 2008, 06:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
For the same reason that I do: Because.

I used to have a dog that had to pee on everything. Freakin' everything, I kid you not. If I was using the extendable leash to walk him he'd try and go up on front porches to pee on the spindles. Or the door. Or the plants. One time I was walking him downtown and he stopped and pissed on this old lady's leg. That was awkward. What the hell are you supposed to say then?

I miss that dog.
America should know the political orientation of government officials who might be in a position to adversely influence the future of this country. http://tinyurl.com/4vucu5
     
   
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Top
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:54 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2015 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2