It is believed that dogs kick their legs after defecating to mark their territory. In addition, a dog has scent glands located in its paws. By kicking its paws out and upturning dirt, a dog can release more scent into the area and better mark it.
Pheromones are chemical messengers that trigger a response in animals of the same species. A dog releases its pheromones in its urine and feces. Pheromones are not fully understood in canids, but it is theorized that a dog can communicate to another dog about its dominance or submissiveness. A dog's owner may notice a pattern in a dog's behavior when marking territory. If the behavior is damaging the yard, positive reinforcement such as providing treats or throwing toys can train the dog to cease the destructive behavior.Learn More
All breeds of dogs can be trusted around children if they have been properly socialized and bred. Breeds known for being highly trainable can often excel as family dogs, since they are eager to please. Sporting dogs, a category that includes golden retrievers and Labradors, have been bred to work alongside humans. Herding dogs like German shepherds and collies also make excellent family pets.Full Answer >
The bullmastiff and rottweiler mixed breed dog is referred to as a mastweiler, according to Designer Mixes. They can grow up to 130 pounds and are recognized by the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.Full Answer >
A dog bred by crossing an Irish Setter with a Golden Retriever is a Golden Irish Setter. The cross is recognized by the Designer Dogs Kennel Club. A dog of unknown ancestry with characteristics of these breeds is a mixed breed.Full Answer >
Border Collies are medium-sized dogs with black and white, red and white, black tri-color, red tri-color, sable or blue merle coats; some are one solid color. The face, ears and front legs have short hair. Some border collies have short, sleek coats about 1 inch in length, while others have coarse, rough coats about 3 inches long.Full Answer >