Why Do Dogs Kick their Legs After Pooping

Dogs kick to spread their scent and mark their territory after pooping.

Scent Marking  

The kicking motion mimics burying poop as dogs would do in the wild.

Burying Poop

Kicking may be an instinct to clean their paws and cover their business.


Some dogs scratch and kick out of joy and relief after pooping.

Joy and Relief

Kicking can express anal glands or relieve discomfort from full anal glands.  

Anal Glands

Kicking can become a habit. Use positive reinforcement not to reward the behavior.


See the vet if frequent scooting or licking occurs along with kicking.

Medical Causes

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