My sweet dog always kicks the grass or dirt
right after he potties. Canines have been known for this behavior. Dogs have scent glands under their feet that
secrete pheromones. A couple of backward scratches into the earth stimulates the pheromone glands … which releases the dog’s scent and spreads it on that small piece of ground. Therefore, kicking dirt OR grass is not only
a way for them to leave a scent marker from their feet pads, but also a visual marker for other dogs … that lets them know that, “I was HERE!” … So, this behavior is a way to mark their
territory for other dogs, as well as to cover up the mess.