Why did my dog start kicking after pooping? Our dogs consider pooping as a way of sending a message to other dogs that the ground they just did the deed on, is theirs. By kicking up dirt afterward, they’re compounding the scent of the bathroom along with the pheromones coming from their feet glands to create one strong scent.
How do I get my dog to stop kicking after pooping? Try replacing the kicking with another behavior, like spin, jump, give-five, or tug. Once you get 95% success, start paying your dog for performance. If he does the work, he gets a big reward. If you do the work (heavy encouragement needed to interrupt the kicking), he gets a reward, but not as much.
Why do dogs kick dirt after they pee? Breaking up the dirt and creating a territorial spot is exposing other animals to the pheromones in the dog’s feet. Even if your dog doesn’t tear up the grass behind them after going to the bathroom, they may wipe their paws around the area in order to leave that same scent.
Do dogs get embarrassed when they poop? You may have noticed that your dog keeps his eyes on you while he is defecating. It is not because he is embarrassed. He is not wishing you would look away or give him privacy while he “does his business”. It goes much deeper than that.