Why Do Dogs Kick Their Feet After Pooping?
Alison Birken, DVM | PetMD
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While it may appear that dogs are doing this to cover up their mess, this is in fact not the case. This dog behavior is a way to mark their territory.
By nature, and in the wild, canines are territorial. Marking an area with scents from urine, feces and their paws sends the message to other canines that this is their territory.
In fact, canines have scent glands in their feet that secrete pheromones, a chemical that triggers social reactions and interactions amongst other canine species.
The scents released from dogs’ feet is more pungent and lasts longer than the scents of urine and feces. When a dog kicks the ground after defecating, they are releasing pheromones onto the ground.
In addition to the scents from feces and urine, these pheromones relay territorial claims, sexual availability, possible food trails and warnings of danger. This act of releasing pheromones as a form of communication also affects a dog’s behavior as well as their overall body functions, involving organs, hormones, behavior and makeup.
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