Why my dog stares at me while pooping? | Dogalize
You may have noticed that your dog keeps his eyes on you while he is defecating. It is not because he is embarrassed. He is not wishing you would look away or give him privacy while he “does his business”. It goes much deeper than that.
Defecation is one of the times in an animal’s life when he is at his most vulnerable. He must posture to perform the task and because of this, he is not in a position to readily fight or flee. In fact, it would be rather difficult for him to defend himself or to escape danger. Your dog is aware of his defenselessness.
But your dog also knows that he is a part of your “pack”. If your dog watches you during this time, it is because he is depending on you to possibly defend him should the need arise.
Likewise, some dogs will not defecate with anyone watching (or on a leash). Perhaps he feels safer if he is away from your home turf where he will not draw attention. Instincts dictate your dog’s reaction to his own helplessness during this awkward time.
Whether your dog looks to you or slips away for “poop time”, it helps to know that he is just doing what comes naturally to him. Try not to do anything that will startle him if he is looking at you while he defecates. Respect his natural inclination to be away and modify your environment to accommodate him as much as possible.