You may have noticed that our dogs make a big stink whenever we take them outside to relieve themselves. What I mean is that they actually kick up dirt and grass after they defecate, rather than just throwing a tantrum. You might be wondering if dogs’ odd behavior is random or serves some function. You will soon discover.
Dogs have a habit of leaving a trail of dirt when they use the restroom. They could be being polite by wiping their paws, or they could be trying to hide the fact that they just went to the bathroom. In reality, there is a rationale behind their actions
I’m the first to admit that I’ve puzzled over this sort of conduct. Others, however, might never give it much thought. But understanding the practice helps us develop a deeper fondness for our canine companions.
Pheromone-producing glands can be found in a dog’s paws. To do this, they either scratch or rub their paws against the ground. Maybe that’s why your dog occasionally pauses for no apparent reason and kicks up a patch of dirt. All they want is to make sure that other dogs respect their territory.
Dogs use this sort of behavior to establish social order within their pack. Even if there are other dogs present, the dominant pack will make its presence known. It’s for the same reason a dog urinates on furniture or the floor. It’s just a way to let off pheromones that tell other dogs to give you space.
The fact that all dogs will do it is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this whole thing. To a dog, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is; if there’s another dog around, it’s likely that both of them will scratch the ground.
They may also engage in this practice in an effort to expand their customer base. The greater the area that their feces contaminate, the more potent the odor. Both male and female dogs are the same in this regard.
Don’t think anything strange of your dog if they engage in this behavior. No need to take the dog to the vet; canine scratching and biting are perfectly normal behaviors. However, if there is a sudden change in their behavior, a trip to the vet may be necessary.
While this behavior may be typical for a dog, it can be detrimental to your grass. To avoid this problem, walk your dog frequently and never let it relieve itself inside the house.