Dogs spinning before pooping may seem odd, but it's a behavior rooted in their early ancestors and instinctual habits.
Spinning helps dogs prepare the soil or flatten the grass, making the area cleaner and more comfortable for them to do their business.
Spinning allows dogs to pick up scents from potential predators and choose a direction where they feel most safe and comfortable.
Dogs prefer a clean restroom. Spinning and scratching the ground helps ensure good hygiene while they do their business.
Dogs have scent glands near their anus and on their feet. Spinning and scratching the ground helps them leave their scent, marking their territory.
Walking and circling can help move the bowels down the intestinal tract, especially if a dog feels constipated.
Excessive circling or straining can indicate constipation or other health issues. Always check your dog's stool and consult a vet if needed.