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Why do Dogs Look at You While Pooping

by People! Just say Something! 11 months ago in dog
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Have you ever found yourself in an awkward stare-off with your dog when they decide to poop? Well, there is a reason why they do this, and we all should be aware of it.

Have you ever had your dog look at you while pooping? When we're doing our 'business' as adults, we don't often have someone try to initiate eye contact with us. This is why it can be alarming when a dog tries to do this to us after they poop. It may even make some people uneasy because we don't understand why a dog would want to share such a private moment with us. Making eye contact while defecating is a natural canine activity that should not be interpreted negatively. It's more than likely an example of the great attachment you have with your pet. Let's look further.


Dogs retain certain instinctual habits passed down from their wild ancestors, which are inherent in their species. In the wild, when these creatures go to defecate, it's a difficult time for them. They are more prone to environmental threats such as a predator or rival attacks. They must assume a precise body position to urinate or poop, which requires some effort and jeopardises their ability to flee swiftly. Pooping will also divert their attention away from their other senses and make them less aware of their environment. A "surprise attack" at this point might be fatal. The dog's current position makes it unlikely that they will fully defend themselves from the crucial first hit. It is also made considerably more difficult to flee. As a result, animals typically seek out safe locations in which to fulfil their requirements. These are places where the animals are less exposed, hidden from others, and have a suitable escape path. In general, fearful or insecure dogs are more likely to appear vulnerable. More self-assured canines will utilise their faeces to mark their territory and demonstrate dominance.

Although we may not consider our backyard or the neighbourhood dog park to be wild environments, our dogs may. They may feel more vulnerable in specific environments, but they may gain confidence as they become more accustomed to them. When they go about their business in these locations, they may look to you for comfort that they are safe and that nothing dangerous is approaching them. A dog may do this by staring you in the eye out of the corner of their eye, but they may also stare you down when they poop. This gives them a sense of security because you are their guardian and provide for their daily needs. If a dog sees you as their alpha, you will notice their obedience increase, and they should follow your command more often.


One thing that isn't going to happen is your dog becoming embarrassed. They may appear embarrassed to be seen when dealing with intimate concerns, but this is simply a projection of our own human feelings. Dogs do not experience shame in the same manner that people do, and they would not consider pooping to be embarrassing. When a dog develops a strong link with their human, they will seek reassurance from you based on trust and affection. However, this is a practical reassurance in the face of danger, not because they are concerned about human constructs such as social shame.

Positive Reinforcement

When we bring a dog into our lives, one of the first things we teach them is to go outdoors or to a specified spot to do their business. It's crucial to note that older dogs can experience this as long as patience and good reward are used. Due to their former situations of deprivation, rescue animals frequently require such training. Positive reinforcement is frequently given in the form of treats during this process. Once the dog defecates in the proper location, treats are provided to show them that they have done an excellent job and to encourage them to do it again in the future. On the other hand, dogs might accept this transaction as routine and begin to expect it every time. This suggests that they may be looking to you for their reward when they poop.

This is why we need to modify the positive reinforcement aspects we apply. Using solely treats will result in inappropriate expectations. Still, it may also result in poor health in weight problems. To develop good cognitive, emotional, and social capacities, we should provide toys, walks, petting, and other forms of enjoyment. If we provide the best care for our four-legged friends, we should learn their habits and instincts. Even humans have instinct ingrained in us, so it's only fair we take the time to understand their way of communicating with us. Remember, each dog is different, so take your time and pick up on the clues they give you. You'll be pleasantly surprised what you'll gain from this.


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