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Old 10-06-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Our dog has been sick lately and, as a result, I have to watch when she goes. So I've been noticing that, before she makes the final squat, she circles it counter-clockwise several (read many) times and she does that every time. So I was wondering, which way does your dog circle?
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The same here!
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:14 AM   #3
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Our dog has been sick lately and, as a result, I have to watch when she goes. So I've been noticing that, before she makes the final squat, she circles it counter-clockwise several (read many) times and she does that every time. So I was wondering, which way does your dog circle?
Maybe it depends on whether you are above or below the equator.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:22 AM   #4
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Our younger one has always done "crap circles". He can go crapwise and countercrapwise.
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:16 PM   #5
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You guys have entirely too much time on your hands.
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Would a dog in the Southern Hemisphere circle clockwise?
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:16 PM   #7
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I've heard that it's a survival instinct leftover. Being in a squat position makes a dog somewhat vulnerable to predators, so the circling is a surveillance technique that promotes a good "look around." Of course, I've no memory of WHERE I heard that so long ago, but a quick google search turned up this (among other links) UCSB Science Line sqtest

Apparently there is another line of thinking altogether... suggesting that dogs may aline themselves like a compass, either facing North or South (with no apparent preference), more often than East/West. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...267_story.html
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Hmmmm,,, interesting thread.... DW is a poop expert... She goes running across the yard with her pooper scooper to get to Oliver's poop (150 lb Great Dane) before Carley (80lb Dane Mix) can get to it..... I'll have to watch for the north/south thing.... LOL
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I think it depends on which paw they are dominate on...like humans, they are either left pawed or right pawed with a few being equally ambidextrous.... my dogs makes a large circle to her left usually.
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I think it depends on which paw they are dominate on...like humans, they are either left pawed or right pawed with a few being equally ambidextrous.... my dogs makes a large circle to her left usually.
I get it now. I'm left handed and I always turn to the left to sit.
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My dog doesn't know Cardinal directions, she goes in a straight line more or less. Takes me 6-8ft to pick up her deposit.
So instead of circling, she is getting a quasi running start.
Back to my beer.
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My dog doesn't know Cardinal directions, she goes in a straight line more or less. Takes me 6-8ft to pick up her deposit.
So instead of circling, she is getting a quasi running start.
Back to my beer.
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You pick it up though. More than a lot of people do.
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I have 3 dogs and they a lot of times time their dumps together. Is that weird? At least 2 out of 3 sometimes all 3 in all different parts of the yard LOL
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OK, I've regained my composure and can once again type.

We were full time with two female Westies. They were far from friends but it always amazed us how often (once getting inside the dog run) they would go into a seemingly choreographed circling... in opposite directions and with rotations perfectly in sync!

Maybe I do have too much time on my hands....

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