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    Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    And why is their aim so bad? I've heard the notion that they're trying to cover their marking but I don't quite understand that. I thought the purpose of marking was so that other animals *would* notice it, and it seems covering it would defeat that purpose. I've always found their kicking amusing.

    There are certain areas in my neighborhood with hay covering the ground. I always have to pick up all the hay and put it back after Chance kicks it onto the street! I could just say "no" and she would stop kicking but it just seems so important to her to kick!
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    They are spreading that smell around. That is what I was always told.
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ludo the Monster View Post
    They are spreading that smell around. That is what I was always told.
    Oh that makes more sense than the "covering it" theory. I think I had heard that before too actually.
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    It's another way for them to "mark their territory". Scent comes off from the pads and kicking the dirt helps spread the scent around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K9companions View Post
    It's another way for them to "mark their territory". Scent comes off from the pads and kicking the dirt helps spread the scent around.
    That makes sense but it seems to me like they do a "suboptimal" job of spreading their scent. You'd think they'd go right up next to spot where they peed and kick but my dogs usually stand about 2 feet away from where they peed and kick. The scent that they're spreading is probably much weaker where they're kicking.

    Regarding the pads, are you saying that some of the urine gets on the paws when they pee and then the kicking spreads it? I'm not doubting the "spreading it" theory. I just have more time and more curiosity than I should!
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonn1997 View Post
    That makes sense but it seems to me like they do a "suboptimal" job of spreading their scent. You'd think they'd go right up next to spot where they peed and kick but my dogs usually stand about 2 feet away from where they peed and kick. The scent that they're spreading is probably much weaker where they're kicking.

    Regarding the pads, are you saying that some of the urine gets on the paws when they pee and then the kicking spreads it? I'm not doubting the "spreading it" theory. I just have more time and more curiosity than I should!
    Dogs have sweat gland in the pads of their paws that secrets a natural dog odor. I would believe that urine would smell stronger, but I think it's just another way to leave their calling card for other animals to check out.

    As for their "style" of marking, sometimes I just wish I could look inside their head to find the answer...

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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    I always thought dogs were just wiping their paws for a possible dribble accident :P

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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustTess View Post
    I always thought dogs were just wiping their paws for a possible dribble accident :P
    hmmmm. That's an interesting idea too!

    Quote Originally Posted by K9companions View Post
    Dogs have sweat gland in the pads of their paws that secrets a natural dog odor. I would believe that urine would smell stronger, but I think it's just another way to leave their calling card for other animals to check out.

    As for their "style" of marking, sometimes I just wish I could look inside their head to find the answer...
    Oh now I get the point about the paw sweat glands. (I read a little more online.) The sweat glands in the paws help to add the scent to the overall vicinity.
    Last edited by Bonn1997; 07-20-2009 at 10:39 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    I live in the desert SW where there are a lot of yards w/gravel landscaping. Rusty (my stray that took 9 mo to catch), is so funny when I walk him. He'll pee, then if he is on the gravel, he makes the scratching motions, in slow motion without actually scratching the gravel. He looks like those people you see doing those tai Chi (sp?) movements on California beaches.
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    I have nick name for it Muck spreading

    Mainly it is to spread the scent to let other dogs know, this is his terriory and your in his back yard

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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    Mabel (rat terrier) does the same thing, although she always does her kicking about a foot away from her pee spot. I read somewhere that it was the sweat from the paw pads, so I've always assumed that was correct. Nice to see it again here.

    What gets me is how many times Mabel can pee on a one mile walk! I lose count at 20.
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Tracks View Post
    Mabel (rat terrier) does the same thing, although she always does her kicking about a foot away from her pee spot. I read somewhere that it was the sweat from the paw pads, so I've always assumed that was correct. Nice to see it again here.

    What gets me is how many times Mabel can pee on a one mile walk! I lose count at 20.
    It is really funny! You'd think they'd run out urine by then! Also, Chance is the dominant one in my two dog pack. Whenever Lucky pees, Chance simply HAS TO cover it. I'm tempted to make her just keep walking but covering it up just seems SO important to Chance!
    Last edited by Bonn1997; 07-21-2009 at 11:03 AM.
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    Re: Why do dogs kick after going to the bathroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonn1997 View Post
    It is really funny! You'd think they'd run out urine by then! Also, Chance is the dominant one in my two dog pack. Whenever Lucky pees, Chance simply HAS TO cover it. I'm to make her just keep walking but covering it up just seems SO important to Chance!
    Hunter does that as well! Whenever another dog is marking, he HAS to overpee it. One time the neighbors dog pooped in our yard, and I think his little pee gland was empty, and I swear he took ten minutes just trying to get out his own poopy, over the other dogs spot! I was thinking to myself, "thats a lot of trouble for something I'm gonna have to clean up in five minutes!"

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