Everyday you take your dog for a walk so they can do their business. After sniffing roughly one million things, they finally find a spot to potty and, as they assume the position, they make hyper-focused, unbreaking eye contact with you. Why is she doing this?! It’s so uncomfortable.
Well, it turns out, there’s a very important reason for it. According to iheartdogs.com, going number 2 is one of the most vulnerable moments in a dog’s life. Sure, they may be domesticated animals, but they’re still animals. Their survival instincts are hardwired to be on the lookout for a threat.
But why exactly are they so focused on you? Quite simply, you’re part of their pack. You’re their leader, their protector. They are looking at you in the vulnerable moment to see if there’s anything they should be afraid of. They watch your expressions and body language, waiting for a danger cue so she can flee. Also, she’s hoping that you will protect her in case of a predator.
It has nothing to do with your dog being ashamed or embarrassed; looking at you as if they want you to look away. In fact, they very much want for you to pay close attention to them and their surroundings. My dog literally thinks I could save her if an attacker showed up and I think that’s really beautiful.