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Why does my dog always poo on the path and not the grass?

Sun, 21st Dec 2008

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Mick Holmes asked:

Why does my dog always poo on the path and not the grass?

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Helen - I want to know why you asked me that question, actually. Iím not really au fait, donít have a dog myself and am not necessarily any the wiser for why this might be. It could be all sorts of reasons. We were discussing this before the show. Maybe it was something to do with marking his territory. Perhaps poo as well as wee and lots of other urine and other fluids like that are good for letting dogs know where they are and if thatís their territory or not. Perhaps a path where other dog have walked along and left their smells would be a good place to leave their mark. I was wondering if it thought it as a cat. Cats will be more likely to defecate on a path rather than grass. Cats like to try to cover up their mess. Perhaps on a sandy path rather than the grass. Maybe the grass is spiky and it doesnít like the feeling of it.

Chris - A couple of people on our forum have speculated Ė Dr Beaver says using Occamís razor the pavement doesnít tickle its bottom when it squats, perhaps in the same way as the grass. A person who calls themselves Dent Student says I guess itís because dogs donít have the same social cues and donít consider it to be antisocial to poo on the path. Someone points out saying, Ďare you saying that you do poo on the grass?í

Helen - Iíd say itís pretty antisocial to poo on the grass anyway. I hate treading in dog poo. I hope when the dog poos on the path you do clear it up afterwards!

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Mick Holmes asked the Naked Scientists: When walking my dog along the canal, why does he always dump in the middle of the path when there's 12ft of rough grass either side. What do you think? Mick Holmes, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

Using Occam's razor - the pavement doesn't tickle its bottom when it squats  DoctorBeaver, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

I guess it's because dogs don't have the same social cues as humans, and don't consider it to be anti-social to poo on the path.

Also, why do so many owners watch their dogs whilst they are having a poo? (The dogs are having the poo, not the owners.) dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

Have you noticed that dogs' bums turn inside-out when they dump? DoctorBeaver, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

Nope. dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Are you saying you poo on the grass???

(FOG) Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Not something I have ever had the notion to study. Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Are you saying you poo on the grass???

(FOG)


If you were out walking and you had to go, would you poo on the path? (FOG forehand return) dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



...though sometimes it feels as though mine does too.  dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Are you saying you poo on the grass???

(FOG)


If you were out walking and you had to go, would you poo on the path? (FOG forehand return)


Might be safer than pooing on somebodies well manicured lawn....
"Oi!, stop crapping on my lawn"

(FOG Backhander) Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



...though sometimes it feels as though mine does too. 


Far too much information!!! Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



That sounds like partial rectal prolapse...


http://health.yahoo.com/digestive-overview/rectal-prolapse-topic-overview/healthwise--hw181293.html



http://www.petplace.com/dogs/rectal-prolapse-in-dogs/page1.aspx RD, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

Another thread that's degenerated  DoctorBeaver, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Yes, and who dragged it into the gutter???





FOG Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



They tend to end on some common denominator. And they don't come much more common than us! dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Yes, and who dragged it into the gutter???





FOG


??? What's the FOG card being played for? Because the pavement doesn't squat? dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



Yes, and who dragged it into the gutter???





I was answering the question! DoctorBeaver, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

I've never seen a razor with a bottom, let alone a pavement tickle it! Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

It's ironic that if you apply Occam's razor to razors, you'd lose at least 2 blades. Isn't there a "4-blader" on the market now? dentstudent, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



...they don't come much more common than we! (FOG) blakestyger, Fri, 19th Dec 2008



I think there's a 6 blade razor now by Gillette, but I can't wait for this one!!! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wYyxK2vGyVw&feature=related Don_1, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

Don - that's excellent  DoctorBeaver, Fri, 19th Dec 2008

Could it be the length of your leash? nicephotog, Sun, 28th Dec 2008

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