View Full Version : What is the kicking about???

Mom of Jato
22nd June 2008, 05:41 PM
:confused: Why do dogs kick out their back legs after going poo? Jato does this sometimes, and I'm just wondering what it means in the doggie world.

Claire L
22nd June 2008, 07:17 PM
I think they do this to cover up their poo and also they have scent glands on their pads so I guess they are leaving a calling :grnyuk:card

22nd June 2008, 09:37 PM
I would love to know this 2 as my girl Lucie does it all the time.
It drives me nuts, as i usually get caught in grass/mud she pulls up as i try to get the poop in a bag!:eek:

23rd June 2008, 08:16 AM
Mine do it too:confused:

23rd June 2008, 11:03 AM
I believe it is actually the opposite of covering their feces. Cats cover feces but dogs apparently kick out to mark their territory more effectively with the scent glands on the bottom of their feet. It is basically a way of saying 'I was here'. It happens after they urinate or poop but is nothing to actually do with trying to spread or cover the pee or poop. Their pee/poop is part of marking the territory anyway so the feet wiping is just part of the whole behaviour.

24th June 2008, 08:53 PM
To show it who's boss! :-) Mine always does this and once kicked a great wad of snow right in my eye as I bent over to bag the poo.