Why Do Dogs Circle Before Pooping?
Ever since I became a dog owner, I started to be puzzled with dog’s behavior. I noticed that my interest on knowing my dog more, have increased, like, I have began to wonder, why dogs chase their tails? Why dogs sniff each other’s butt? But, one thing that I am very curious and for sure a lot of you as well, is… WHY DO DOGS CIRCLE BEFORE POOPING? So, to answer my question, I did my research.
After looking for answers to my question : Why Do Dogs Circle Before Pooping? I found out that there are 3 Theories and Speculations like the following : Dogs circle for hygienic and territorial purposes, Dogs circle before pooping to make sure they are safe and lastly, Dogs circle to look for the Earth’s magnetic field.
I am going to explain all those answers in details so you’ll have an understanding of why your Fido circles before pooping and even before lying down. So, after reading this post you won’t be questioning your doggos like, “Why are you so picky where you poop?” “What are you looking for a ground to poop on?”
So, without further ado, let’s begin.
THE THEORIES AND SPECULATIONS
The answers to the question, “Why do dogs circle before pooping?” which, most dog owners are eager to know, are already out there. And apparently, there are three theories and speculated that these same theories behind why do dogs circle before lying down. So let’s start.
First, I would like to quote something that I read from the Wag! They made a nice analogy on to why do dogs circle before pooping. Here it is :
When a dog circles round and round before he poops, he is doing several things. He is ensuring safety, cleaning his spot, and leaving his calling card. Dog communicate a lot of messages through their excretions and setting it up is important. Consider it wording their latest status update on social media. If you only have 140 characters to your message across, you choose your words carefully.WagWalking.com
Nice analogy, huh? They compared the dog’s spinning to updating status on social media. Without further ado let’s continue.
THEORY #1 : TO MAKE SURE THE SPOT IS HYGIENIC & TERRITORIAL PURPOSES
Although, not all dogs spin before they poop (which I didn’t know about) this behavior is common to most dogs. Your pup spin in circles because they are also cleaning the area by patting down underbrush. It keeps your pup’s waste from sticking to it and then rubbing it to their own fur (oooppss!)
And for territorial purposes, doggos circles and stomps to their chosen spot before they poop to let other dogs know that, that area have already been claimed. And in this process, it allows their scent from their urine and poops to reach farther, longer distance. So, it will be clearer from where, to where they marked their territory.
THEORY # 2 : TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE
Another reason as to why do dogs circle before pooping is to make sure that they are safe while doing their “business”. For us humans, it is pretty weird seeing our dogs spinning in circles on the couch before they lay down or even before they poop but actually in the wild, dogs would go on circles to push down tall grasses driving away snakes, insects and other possible predator.
Remember that when they squat, they are in a very vulnerable position that they won’t be able to protect itself.
By the way do you have Instagram account dedicated to your Fido? Try reading this article for captions you can use for your Instagram :
THEORY # 3 : FOLLOWING THE EARTH’S ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD
Okay, although I know that dogs circling around is weird, the reasons are pretty understandable. But, knowing that there’s a scientific explanation about it, is a total surprise for me!
I was like, what?!!
Yes, you heard it right. Interestingly, animals has electromagnetic magnetic sense that allows some of them to feel or detect the Earth’s magnetic field.
Like how birds use it to migrate and there are studies that cows use it to align themselves in a North – South pattern when they graze or resting too and coincidentally, dogs use the exact the same direction when they poop. Sounds surprising isn’t it? I better use compass from now on every time I take my dog for a walk lol.
So, what happened next was there were researchers who study and watched 70 dogs of different breeds for 2 years. They watched these dogs do the circle before they poop. And recorded which direction they face to do their “business” more often. As a result, these dogs when they poop, they prefer to align themselves North to South direction where the Earth’s magnetic field is calm. Also, a proof that dogs have internal compass.
In addition, these dogs’ behavior on pooping happens about 20% of the time during daylight. However, during geomagnetic storm or called solar storm, our Fido are more likely not picky during these events. Why? Don’t ask me, because even the researchers couldn’t figure out the reason why.
What they do know is that, dogs prefer to their pooping if they are aligned to North – South direction and avoiding East – West direction. These studies by the way, were published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.
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Now that you, including me, all know the reason behind why do dogs circle before pooping I don’t think you are all going to look at your pups the way you look at them before, specially when they do circling. Now, you know that your doggos are just being scientific with their pooping spot.
It is very important encourage this particular behavior because it is their nature. By doing this, it will help them maintain their hygiene and also their security. Rushing them might cause a problem later on and for sure you don’t want that to happen.
The only thing that it can be challenging for us dog owners is during a bad weather, or seasons like summer which is really hot or during winter.
So, before we get irritated why your Fido taking so long to poop, remember that he’s doing a lot of things and making sure that he is also safe.
Be patient, make sure you have plenty of time when you and your dog go out for a walk. I
I don’t want to end this post without asking you guys your experience when you take your doggies out for a walk. Does your dog do its “business” quick? or not? Were there times that you got imitated because it takes him way to long to poop? Be honest… I sometimes do.
Share your experience in the comment section below, I would love to hear and share my own too.
See you on my next post 😉