Five common dog toilet etiquettes explained
Here we look at some of the baffling toilet habits of our pups and explain the reasoning behind them. So, if you’ve always wondered why your chi has curious bathroom routines, read on for explanations so you can understand your beloved dog a little better.
1. Circling a spot
Do you notice your chi being overly fussy of where to go, or they perhaps seem to endlessly circle the vicinity before selecting a toilet spot? There is a simple reason for this and it is similar to the human mindset. As with humans, dogs need to choose a bathroom that is clean and comfortable. Circling the area helps the dogs to inspect their chosen toilet place, trampling grass to check for predators and making sure it is completely safe to go.
Like humans, dogs are vulnerable when going to the toilet and is not a time to be interrupted. Just like we check for locks, chis just want to be careful.
Finding the right pee spot takes time, not just because of the safety reasons, but also to find the best place to mark their territory. Peeing is a scented message left for other dogs to point out that they have been there.
It is important that information (pee) gets noticed in the dog world and is just like humans wanting to graffiti in noticeable areas. If you’re getting frustrated that your pup is taking ages to go, be patient, they just want to boost their social status.
3. Kicking up dirt
While it may get them covered in mud, resulting in a bath, or mess up your flower beds, kicking up dirt is just a way of your chi making a name for themselves. Dogs don’t just pee for health reasons, they want to mark their territory and tell the dog world; ‘I own this place’.
When peeing is not enough scent, dogs like to scrape their feet across the ground as chis have scent glands on their feet. When they do this, they get double exposure, to show they have really made their mark.
4. The pee stare
Often something that unnerves owners is the way Chihuahuas stare when they urinate. Often thought to be asking for privacy, it is not. By staring at you means your chi trusts you to keep an eye out for predators while they are most vulnerable.
Your pooch sees you as a member of their pack, and as a pack member it is your job to be on guard for others, staring at you means your chi is watching your body language for signs of imminent danger.
Perhaps an unusual practice that you may not have noticed, but because dogs are highly magneto-sensitive, they often choose their bathroom breaks so that they are aligned to face north or south. Researchers have conducted many studies and have found that many dogs will orientate themselves during toilet time.
Being your personal compass is an impressive feature for your chi, but often dogs will only exhibit this remarkable behaviour when the Earth’s magnetic field is calm. Most definitely an intelligent bathroom trait.
Does your chi show any of these signs while peeing? Can you navigate yourself when your pup uses the bathroom? Or perhaps your pooch has their own quirks that we haven’t covered? Let us know!