my toy poodle puppy was neutered last week, and since then he started peeing on his front paws. before he was neutered, he never did that. but now it seems like he doesn't squat as much as he used to (he hasn't started lifting his leg yet), and he doesn't stretch his front paws out far enough. the stream will either hit the front paws, or the pool of pee on the ground will spread to his paws.
i've been wiping and rinsing his paws afterward, but i'm worried that doing this a few times a day will dry out in the harsh winter weather.
did this happen to anyone else? is it common for dogs after neutering to go through this? is it just a phase?