Why do dogs kick their back legs after they potty?
There is ONE spot that we sometimes walk by that Bailey always does it lately. Only this year. We've been in the same neighborhood since we got him. I've seen other dogs do it, but I never knew why. Reese has never done it. Anyone know?
Jill - Proud Hoomom to Bailey and Reese! :hearts:
I've heard or read somewhere that they do that to kick up dirt over their potty to cover up the smell. IMO, they usually miss with the dirt, but that's what I understand is the reason. Makes sense to me, anyway.
Scent glands in feet=marking the territory. Dogs are NOT about covering scents, they're about stirring them up. They want to let all dogs know that "I REESE THE AWESOMELY GREAT DACHSHUND WITH NO KNOWN ILLNESSES OR TESTICLES HAVE BEEN IN THIS AREA, IT IS MINE AND NOT YOURS" They're not covering up, they're spreading it around. The poop or pee is the text of the announcement, where the scent from the paw pads is the siggy.
Dog people call it "scratching off". That's my only contribution to the discussion
Salsa does it all the time but my weens do not. Laika however, will squeeze out one more poop or pee to "cover" the other dog's. always.