Taking our dogs out to the toilet can be quite a performance.

Whether it's 7am or 11pm, they always seem to want to sniff around, exploring their surroundings and sniffing out any new scent that may have popped up since they were last out. They can't get enough of it.

As inconvenient as it may be, it's all a key part of their routine...

Why Do Dogs Kick The Ground After Going To The Toilet?

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Kicking or scratching at the ground is another of a dog's key traits - one that we take for granted but don't totally understand.

Whilst not all dogs indulge in this behaviour, it is a trait seen across breeds, regardless of whether they're male or female.

It's a favourite a favourite of theirs and a definite way to mess up your lawn, but what's it all about?

It's All About Scent, Apparently...

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We like to think we're quite in tune with our dogs, but we're happy to say that we're quite different when it comes to bathroom habits.

While we're the first to whip out the air freshener and scatter the pot pourri, dogs use the bathroom as a primary way of spreading their scent, marking their territory and asserting their dominance over other dogs.

Dogs also have scent glands on their paws, with the act of scratching and kicking helping to transfer the scent onto the ground.

The scent glands in their paws is more long-lasting than that of their toilet waste, meaning that it will linger around and have a stronger effect for a greater period of time. It also leaves a visible mark, increasing it's effect.

So, there you go, it's not that your dog hates your garden, but quite the opposite - they're claiming it as their own!

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