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How do I stop my dog from kicking up dirt after toileting?

My dog Cody kicks up his feet after toileting when we’re out on a walk and it drives me crazy! He’s always flicking dirt everywhere and I desperately would like him to stop – how can I do this?

You may be interested in the reason why Cody is kicking his feet after toileting. One theory is that he’s trying to cover and bury it. Another is he’s marking and trying to spread the smell.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is an example of a normal, instinctive dog behaviour that we can’t change. Like picking up dog poop or walks when it’s cold and raining, we just have to accept it as one of the joys of being a dog owner!

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