Weekend Dog Observations


Since Leroy needs to have a chaperon when he goes outside now I’ve been able to learn a little bit more about both of the dogs over the last several days.

In the past I have let the dogs out to do their business and I thought I knew what that business entailed.

I thought I knew their backyard routine, but it appears that I don’t know it as well as I thought I did.


Here’s what I observed:

Leroy pees in the same 3 spots all the time.

He doesn’t change it up at all.

Sherman pees everywhere.

A little pee here. A little pee there.


Sherman and Leroy poop in each other’s poop area.

For years I thought Leroy had a designated area and Sherman had a designated area and neither invaded that specific dog’s area, because that is where I always saw them pooping.

Apparently, they poop in each other’s area from time to time, which explains a lot now.

And when they do poop, they very rarely poop along the north-south magnetic line that scientists claim most dogs prefer to poop along.


Nope, they’re more east-west, west-east poopers.

Which means either that study is just a wrong or my dogs are just weird.

It could go either way.

I also learned that Sherman thinks he’s a bull.


We put a temporary fence up around the area where Leroy was digging up the rocks.

Of course we can’t put posts in to make it permanent until the ground thaws so it’s just kind of standing there right now.

It’s doing it’s job and keeping Leroy out, but Sherman thinks he can knock it over by head butting it.

He puts his head down and rams into it.

All of his attempts have failed so I’m hoping he’ll just let it go before he gives himself a concussion.


Leroy got his sutures out on Saturday and immediately took to rolling around in the snow.

Every time he goes out he pees and then rolls in the snow.

Unfortunately, on one of his rolls he injured his neck.

He’s o.k., just a little slow moving and stiff.

Poor Leroy can’t catch a break this month.

So that is what I observed about my dogs this weekend. How about you?

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40 Comments on Weekend Dog Observations

  1. Daisy
    February 10, 2014 at 1:36 am (2 years ago)

    Interesting and in-depth observations, if we may say so. We all have different personalities and customs. Just when SHE figures one of us out, we change. Messes with HER mind. We love doing that.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Glad the boys are enjoying that snow.

  2. Retro rover
    February 10, 2014 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

    Very scientific
    Retro rover

  3. Hawk aka BrownDog
    February 10, 2014 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Y’all!

    You mean that is what scientists do? Study which way we stand to poop? Well, I’ll join y’all in confounding them…In the mountains I do usually head south with my rear to the north, in the winter anyway, because that’s the way the wind blows. At the shore I’m an east west fellow. Why? Because of the location of my poop places.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  4. Lauranne
    February 10, 2014 at 6:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love that you have had the time to notice that! Whenever I take BD and Mity out together I spend the entire time trying to prevent Mity from sticking his head wherever BD is peeing, as not only would he be covered in pee but it puts BD off and it takes him forever to find another spot!
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  5. emma
    February 10, 2014 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    We don’t buy that north south poop thing either. We poop wherever it suits us best. I am the alpha in the house, so I always “over pee” where my sisters pee on walk. Pooping we all do when the urge hits, often in the morning 2 or all 3 of us will poop in unison on our walk and Mom has to remember the spots to pick it up one pile at a time. I enjoy watching her struggle to find it all in the snowbank!
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  6. houndstooth
    February 10, 2014 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    I think we need a movie of your boys out in the yard! It sounds like it would be pretty entertaining!
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  7. Roxy the traveling dog
    February 10, 2014 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    You have entered the secret world of backyard dogs. Don’t worry, these guys poop any old way they want too.

  8. Kristine
    February 10, 2014 at 9:46 am (2 years ago)

    Gosh, poor Leroy. But I am glad his stitches have been removed, I know the relief that brings. I hope he heals well and Sherman backs off from that fence! At least your dogs are never dull?
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  9. Two French Bulldogs
    February 10, 2014 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

    Leroy sounds like me and Sherman sounds like my brother Benny

  10. Diana Stoll
    February 10, 2014 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

    I love love LOVE the photos in this post! :)

  11. Cathy Bennett
    February 10, 2014 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

    Hey Jen – I’ve got to research that “north-south” magnetic line you referred to in this post. I’m intrigued… As always a pleasure to read what you write. Thanks
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  12. M. K. Clinton
    February 10, 2014 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    Poor Leroy! I’m glad his stitches are gone and he is doing so much better. Hopefully, he just has a crick in his neck. My daughter and son-in-law came to visit for the first time since moving to Alaska. Your Newfies are two of the dogs that I showed them. I had to let them see my new friends and you know I love Leroy and Sherman!
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  13. Dr. Liz
    February 10, 2014 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

    The girls generally do poop N-S, but Goldendoodles are generally law-abiding dogs.

    -Dr. Liz, who has no fences and must keep an eagle-eye on the girls.
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  14. slimdoggy
    February 10, 2014 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

    Yeah, I don’t buy the poop thing either. Jack is like Leroy, although he has four places he likes to pee in the yard depending on time of day and whether we’re on our way for a walk, or just hanging. Maggie pretty much pees and poops in one very small quadrant of the yard…and also contrary to ‘dog wisdom’ it’s right outside the door – none of that ‘go far away from your kennel’ thing for her.
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  15. 2browndawgs
    February 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL only you could write a funny/sweet post on the potty habits of your pups. Great job! :)
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  16. Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    February 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

    So you’re East-West poopers huh? I read the original article and it all has to do with aligning with the earth’s magnetic field. So on day when the field is screwy, dogs may literally not know which way to turn. Not sure I buy it either, but I’m not going to invest in scientific equipment to measure the magnetic field. In the meantime, it gives me something to ponder while business is being conducted.

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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  17. jan
    February 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m glad i don’t have the only dogs who don’t line up with the magnetic pole. I thought maybe I should attach compasses to them

    This is the funniest post on the subject of peeing and pooping I have ever read, not to mention most informative.
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  18. Blueberry's human
    February 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Isn’t it funny how our observations always seem to include our dogs’ bodily functions?

    Yay!!! The stitches are out!
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  19. Jen
    February 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    When the snow was totally fresh, I was able to observe Elka’s typical path when she was unleashed from the back door. She goes in a straight line to the gate first; regardless of whether I follow her, she then loops to the left and comes back to the gate, ish. Then goes right. If I follow her, at the gate we put her leash on and go outside of it for her to pee or whatever. If I don’t follow her, she loops around on one side or the other ’til the mood strikes her.
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  20. Elyse and Riley
    February 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I also had a learning experience when Riley had her two knee surgeries…I always saw Chloe pooping on one side of the yard and Riley pooping on the other side. Apparently my dogs were not as organized as I thought they were, because in reality they both pooped all over the yard. Riley likes to pee right beside our patio, and Chloe used to take her sweet time finding the perfect pee spot in the yard (then when she found it, she’d second and third guess herself and tour the yard a few more times before finally peeing–which was extremely convenient in the cold weather…not!). Oh, and Chloe would only eat grass when she was feeling sick and then would throw it up, but Riley will eat grass when she wants a snack and doesn’t throw it up (95% of the time). I learned a lot about myself during those knee surgeries too–I don’t ever want to not have the luxury of a fenced in yard and have to take my dog out to pee or poop on a leash in all weather. Walks are different, but it is so convenient to just open the back door and let Riley out when it’s raining or snowing and she can do her business. :)
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  21. Jackie Bouchard
    February 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

    We got the compass on my phone out one day on a walk and tested one of Rita’s fave poop spots – it was def’ly east-west, so that study’s ridiculous I think.

    Funny post and love all the snow pics! Too funny about the head-butting. Hope he gives up on that soon.
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  22. Marquie
    February 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL! I also hope Sherman gives up on the head butting, silly boy.
    The pooping within the magnetic line or whatever just sounds silly to me and also… Why would scientists even look into that? How is it important? lol. I don’t really care where Petal drops her load so long as it’s outside and not in a thorny bush that is going to rip apart my poop bag.

    This post made me smile. Love all the pictures!
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  23. MelF
    February 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm (2 years ago)

    It appears to be a day of observations and funny thoughts. I read Jodi’s thoughts after taking Sampson out at night just before your post.

    My observations? Jasper cannot and will not poop or pee when the girls are outside with him. He prefers to follow Daisy around and pee where she pees. He’s so impatient he almost pushes her out of the way before she is done. He has no interest in peeing on Cupcake’s pee.
    Cupcake likes to rolls in the snow and Maggie does too. Cupcake also likes to bark at the world and let people know she is there.
    Maggie likes to follow Jasper and Cupcake to their potty spots, see what they do, and then find her own spot.
    Daisy does he business and has no real plan, other than to come back inside. :)
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  24. Jana Rade
    February 11, 2014 at 1:36 am (2 years ago)

    It’s interesting to watch their habits and routines. And I agree, I was paying more attention too and neither of our guys tries to poop lined up to North.
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  25. Alfie - Alfie's Blog
    February 11, 2014 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    Roooo all that snow looks so pawsome I wanna come over and play! Well my human learned this weekend that I really, really hate going out in the rain, and nomatter what magnetic line I was facing – I would not poop until the ground dried up. That’s all *Waggy tail*
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  26. Donna
    February 11, 2014 at 10:33 am (2 years ago)

    Great observations. Sorry that Leroy hurt his neck, but glad it is not a serious injury. I’m surprised Sherman hasn’t hurt his neck trying to ram down that fence!
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  27. Jessica
    February 11, 2014 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

    Silas also poops in whatever random direction. I’ve been watching since I read that study.

    And that? That is what dog people do that makes other people think we’re crazy.
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  28. Tori
    February 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    This made me giggle.

    Ozzy always sticks his nose in the snow where everyone else has peed. Bentley always runs out and pees like a girl at the nearest spot to the door. Broo likes to run and hide when he goes out. They are characters thats for sure.
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  29. Jodi
    February 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm (2 years ago)

    What I’ve noticed is if one of my dogs pee, and the other one pees over it.
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  30. The Scottie Mom
    February 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow – Leroy really has had quite the month so far! Feel better, sweet pup!! Heather always runs to the nearest available pee spot when we go out. Mr. K waits to find the perfect tree, bush, plant, rock, etc. You name it…he’s peed on it! Much love, The Scottie Mom.
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    February 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL. We know the politics of poop and the backyard very well! Hope Leroy heals up quickly. It hardly seems fair!
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  32. snoopy@snoopysdogblog
    February 13, 2014 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    Oh no poor Leroy! Take it easy big guy!

    I think my Mum spies on me when I’m in the garden too, I try to be very quick and discrete, but I usually confine all activities to the grass area!

    Hope you’re having a fun day

    Your pal Snoopy :)
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  33. Nichole
    February 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE your snow hounds! :)
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  34. Greg
    February 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful insights and observations! Your snow pups are adorable!

  35. KB
    February 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm (2 years ago)

    We’ve found that R always poops along the north-south axis (my crazy husband has been carrying a compass with him on walks :)

    Poor Leroy. I hope his neck heals fast.
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  36. Jobi and Fisher
    February 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I have always thought Leroy and Sherman were so funny, but regarding their poopies, I now know they are creative, too!

  37. Kari
    February 17, 2014 at 12:41 am (2 years ago)

    Your boys are so beautiful in the snow! They look like wonderful brown furry walruses. I hope you take that as the compliment I mean it as!
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