Click here to learn more.
Is your yard a hole-filled mess because your
dog does the poopy dance every time she goes?
This may be annoying to those of us who cherish the sight of a well-tended lawn, but it's a normal behavior.
In the wild, canines such as wolves, dingoes and foxes may kick the ground after elimination for sanitary reasons. They are simply covering up the mess. But the behavior is also a way to mark territory. All dogs have glands in their feet that secrete pheromones, and a couple of backward scratches into the earth releases those chemicals.
But if you're mad that your dog is destroying your grass, there is a solution. Take her for a walk around the block twice a day instead.
More on Vetstreet.com:
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
We had 266 veterinary professionals vote
for the smartest dog breeds. Do you think
they earned an A with their…
Dr. Andy Roark tries to warm his cat up to
the idea of a second cat with promises of
new litterboxes, pheromones and…
Manatees risk losing their endangered
status — and one organization needs
your help to prevent that from happening.
Known for his foxlike appearance, it's no surprise that the charming Shiba Inu is one of Japan's most popular dogs.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.