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Why does my dog kick up grass?

asked 2017-03-22 16:42:54 -0600

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answered 2017-03-22 17:05:50 -0600

In the wild, canines 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.

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answered 2017-03-23 09:16:53 -0600

Just a small addition to agreement w/ previous post. This kicking the ground spreads the dog's scent.

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