posted on Aug, 5 2010 @ 09:52 AM
When Dogs defecate, they do so for two reasons, one is of course to relieve themselves, and the other is to mark out their territory.
A Dog's poo is it's calling card to other canines and predators, it's saying "Hello there, I'm claiming this territory as part of my territory"
and is a challenge to other canines and predators to either challenge that claim by a counter-defecation (pleasant I know) or to recognise that dog's
A dog's poo can also act as an invitation if the dog wants to meet up and have a good time and have puppies, as in a female dog on heat: "Hello,
Ding, Dong, Trixy the Wild Labrador here, why don't you come up and meet me sometime and have my puppies?"
First and foremost, your dog's prime central territory in in your garden or as close to your home as possible, anywhere, while out on a walk is a
boundary marker, it's saying "This is the beginning and end of my territory" as your dog thinks anywhere further to defecate maybe unsafe
encroaching another's dog's territory and inviting trouble.
If your dogs have stopped defecating while out on walks, then it's possible that a new dog/predator, or a large number of dogs/predators from one
pack has moved in close by, and your dogs, recognising the other dog/predator as being stronger in numbers or health, have recognised their dominance,
and have given way to avoid a fight which they fear they may lose. Instead of being driven away, or fighting, they have hunkered down to minimise
meeting that opposing dog/predator, and only defecate in your garden or near as possible to your home to minimise contact with the 'other dog/s or
predator that they fear.
Your dog defecating instead in your garden or near to your home is saying to the new dominant canine/predator force that has moved in that while all
the territory beyond is theirs, this territory is our central home, our central den, and this is where we draw the line. You have all that territory
beyond, we have given away, but come across this line, we will fight back and defend our family, namely you.
The fact that so many people are reporting their dogs are not defecating outside is interesting. It may suggest another theory, that perhaps the dogs
are too lethargic from the hot weather to defecate and mark their territory any further then their den (your home) then they have to, so as to avoid
fighting in this hot weather.
My dog is still defecating outside while out on walks, but does not always do it, no matter how far she is walked. Confidence in the ability to defend
that territory where it's marked by the poo is key I think, and perhaps sometimes they sniff a Canine or predator in the air they do not want to
challenge for territory.