Okay, another misleading headline - this is not all about doggie poop. Ewww...
There is one question I have on the subject though. I have a totally domesticated, supremely pampered, completely dependent pooch. And Alfie is Havanese, so his ancestors were bred to be lapdogs, never a wild dog or hunter among them. So every time an apparently wild instinct kicks in, it amuses and or befuddles me.
Which bring us back to poop... why the dance before hand? The site selection is entertaining enough, and then the walking backwards and circling the spot? What is up with that? Most of the time he is out in the backyard, or on a leash and the closest being is me with the plastic bag. Why the ritual?
As this is top of mind for me (yep, slow day), I googled "why does a dog walk in circles when the poop" and discovered that yes this is something people think about. Theories? looking for a good spot, looking for a safe spot from predators, looking to 'trample their nest' so as comfortable as possible, looking to point upwind so they know who is around. All good ideas for something we are clearly spending waaay to much time thinking about.
Okay next earth-shattering mystery... why does Alfie step forward as he poops so I have to follow the poop trail with a plastic baggie?