What does it mean when a dog kick its back legs?

What does it mean when a dog kick its back legs?

christyut

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QUOTE 10/15/2005 6:54:39 PM
Missy sometimes does this thing where she kicks her back legs backwards. Ive seen other dogs do it after they go poo, and she does sometimes do it then. But, she will do it other times too, like inside the house. Its really funny. But, I wonder what it means. It seems like it is when she is excited. Maybe she is trying to get Sissy to play with her.
wando2000

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QUOTE 10/15/2005 9:49:27 PM
My dog does it too. I think it's mostly a marking thing. The ancestors of dogs (wolves) used to scratch at the dirt and turf with their paws and that would be their "signature" (plus the pads have scent glands). Some dogs still have that instinct to kick and scratch at dirt, and Jake is one of them. He'll pee on a bush, but if he's "run out," then he'll scratch at the ground for extra measure. If he's not sure if any pee came out, he'll scratch at the ground. If he's pooped, he'll scratch at the ground. He'll pretty much scratch at the ground every time he stops to pee except at the beginning of the walk, when he's too eager to get going with the walk to stop and scratch. Sometimes when I've let Jake out in the backyard to poop, he'll do the scratching (and sometimes he'll keep kicking his leg in the air, like he's stretching it), and I get the impression he's trying to cover the poop with the dead leaves, lol
christyut

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QUOTE 10/15/2005 10:13:52 PM
Its so funny bcuz she is only 6 lbs. And she like jumps backwards, I cant describe it. But, it makes me laugh. She does it on the carpet. We brought home some pumpkins and she started doing it. So maybe she was marking her territory to let those big bad pumpkins know that this is her house.LOL
noskiveez

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QUOTE 10/15/2005 10:44:06 PM
Ed does it. I dont know for sure, but I think it is a way or form of marking the territory.
sashua

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QUOTE 10/15/2005 11:59:52 PM
My Fiona does it too. She's only 6 pounds too and she looks funny when she does it. It's like it takes every muscle in her body. I bet your poor pooch was intimidating your pumpkins! Dogs are funny!
noskiveez

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QUOTE 10/16/2005 12:15:53 PM
My favorite is when the dog goes potty and then you try to clean it up and the dog kicks grass all over you
christyut

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QUOTE 10/16/2005 12:18:00 PM
That hasnt happened to me, but that would be funny. The more I think about her trying to be tough in front of the pumpkins. It just makes me laugh. Dogs are so funny!!
christyut

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 11:03:30 AM
I found a dead bird in my yard. It was either the cat, Prissy or Missy. But, when I found it she started doing that kick thing again. She did it a whole bunch, it was so funny. But, I assume this time she was trying to let me know that it is hers, before I took it. But, I am alfa, so I took it and threw it away. But, it was really funny. It almost looked like she was going to fall down bcuz she was doing it so much.
noskiveez

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 11:58:36 AM
I been looking around to see why the dogs kick like this and I read that a reason might be that they kick after going pee or poo to send grass or dirt that may have their mark on it flying to spread their scent around
tigger546

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 2:03:41 PM
I don't know, Um.... good luck finding out
baby_tink

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 2:07:34 PM

Quote tigger546:

I don't know, Um.... good luck finding out
my comp is to slow.my comp sucks big time.
noskiveez

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 2:28:51 PM

Quote baby_tink:

my comp is to slow.my comp sucks big time.
So what was the point in throwing in all these emoticons for?
christyut

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 3:20:06 PM

Quote noskiveez:

So what was the point in throwing in all these emoticons for?
It must make her computer faster(sarcasim).
anasazi

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 3:32:51 PM
KIDS!
noskiveez

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QUOTE 10/20/2005 5:32:58 PM

Quote christyut:

It must make her computer faster(sarcasim).
Geez, is that all it takes?
rambaldi1

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QUOTE 10/21/2005 4:18:21 AM
I've also heard that dogs have scent glands on their feet and when they scratch, they're simply leaving their mark.
puppy_wuv

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QUOTE 10/21/2005 4:39:06 AM
Really Rambaldi? Huh! Never knew that!
noskiveez

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QUOTE 10/21/2005 2:58:08 PM
That is interesting, I hadn't heard that. I knew that dogs commonly will stick there noses in the groin area on a human to identify them by scent, but dogs can easily identify a human better by smelling them under their arms too??
funnybunny

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QUOTE 10/21/2005 2:59:31 PM

Quote noskiveez:

That is interesting, I hadn't heard that. I knew that dogs commonly will stick there noses in the groin area on a human to identify them by scent, but dogs can easily identify a human better by smelling them under their arms too??
Mattress smells under my arms, and she also smells my chest for some reason. She will not let me push her away either. She forces me to let her sniff. She tries to go for the groin area but that's a no no so I quickly push her away.
harleydd

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QUOTE 10/21/2005 8:59:46 PM
I love reading these stories. I am entertained on a daily basis 24 hrs. w/my dogs. They are truly hysterical.
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