Scent Spreading We all know that dogs use their urine and feces to spread their scent. It's a way to claim their territory! Walking around and pooping simultaneously is the best way to maximize coverage, so eager dogs do it all the time.
Scent Spreading It's a way to claim their territory! Walking around and pooping simultaneously is the best way to maximize coverage, so eager dogs do it all the time.
Walking while pooping may be one way that your dog is able to leave their scent. The action of walking puts pressure on those scent glands, thereby leaving more of their musky personal signature for others to investigate. Scent glands are also part of the reason some dogs “wipe their feet” after going outdoors.
Distractions could be the reason your dog keeps sitting down suddenly on walks. Perhaps your dog smells something new, sees another person and wants to meet him, sees another dog and wants to socialize with him, sees a squirrel she wants to chase, or finds something on the ground she wants to eat.
Pro tip: Let your dog rest a few minutes. Oh, and don't forget that dogs are clever — they will learn what they need to do to get their way. Babe often lies down while we're walking simply because she wants to be picked up and carried. She's tired or lazy — or both.
When your dog is excited, the leash becomes a portable tug toy of sorts. High-energy, playful dogs with a difficult time soothing themselves when overwhelmed are most likely to exhibit this behavior, but it can become an ingrained habit in any dog.
They Are Checking For Approval If your pup has recently gone through potty training, they may stare while pooping to make sure they are going in the right spot. This is even more possible if a dog was ever scolded due to going potty inside the house.
That distinctive kicking is doing more than just trying to cover their poop, it is also marking their scent around the area. Another reason dogs might walk while pooping is just being able to go easier. If passing is a problem, they may walk a little to try and alleviate that difficulty.
Behavioral problem and attention seeking – Playing with or eating feces usually attracts a lot of attention from the owner, which may further reinforce the behavior. Your dog may simply like the way feces smells and tastes.
Some dogs have a hard time choosing the perfect spot when on a short lead, causing them to refuse to pee or poop on walks. This is common in dogs not used to walking on a leash. It's also common with dogs who are used to having ample room to explore when they are outside.
Circling to get the lay of the land Dr. Bekoff says dogs may circle in attempts to get good footing or to be sure they can see who's around when they're in the act, which is a somewhat compromised position. Circling could also be linked to the dog's attempt to spread their scent, says Dr.
If your dog has just started sitting on his or her walks, take your dog to your vet to examine your dog's legs and hips and to assess if your dog is the correct weight. One reason that some dogs sit down during walks is that they are in pain from something such as: Knee problems. Hip dysplasia.