Why Does My Dog Scratch the Ground After Going to the Bathroom?

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Why Does My Dog Scratch the Ground After Going to the Bathroom?
Dog-behaviour expert Dr. Ian Dunbar explains just what motivates our canine friends to perform some of their more perplexing actions

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There are actually a number of animals that do that. Bears will scratch the tree trunks with their claws to leave a visual and olfactory marker that they peed or pooped. I was actually watching my dog, Dune, do this yesterday. He left six-foot-long scratches on the ground probably 8 feet into the street. What they’re leaving is a very long visual marker, plus an olfactory one. Scratching leaves the scent from their paws and by scratching the dirt, it leaves a very fresh odour and a line, kind of like an arrow: follow this line of scratched dirt and at the end of it, yes, urine.

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1 of my 3 dogs do this all the time after she done her small or big business lol.I always thought it is to clean her paws. It;s so interesting to reading the other opinion why dogs do that. thanks
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