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Why Dogs Spin Before Pooping

Why Dogs Spin Before Pooping

Posted January 10, 2017 by

It’s the age-old question, and one of man’s best friends’ most quirky habits. Much like a human feeling most comfortable in their own home while laying logs, dogs have a few telling features that make them more at home when dropping a deuce in the neighborhood park. They take the term “the spins” extra literal. 

If you have ever watched a dog make its normal call to nature in your front lawn, you may have wondered what makes him spin around before pooping? Some dogs will spin in tight circles, up to 10 times, before bearing down and dropping a deuce. Researchers have discovered that this odd habit can stem from a few places. One theory is that the ancestor of our canine counterpart, the wolf, uses this technique to pat down the grass in their area, making the release easier, and less of a mess for our furry friends.

Another talked about reason for their dizzy tendencies is pheromones. In the same way that humans leave behind their fingerprints, dogs use their scent as their “business card.” By spinning in circles before going number 2, our pups can ensure that the area will be well-groomed for their smell to be left behind. So, when that yappy Chihuahua from a few doors down decides to defecate on your dog’s lawn, he will think twice about starting a literal peeing war.


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