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Why is My Dog Walking Backwards?

I’m really confused. When I let my dog outside to go to the bathroom he walks backwards around the yard. It’s really weird and it’s got me puzzled. This is the only time I see him walk backwards. He makes his way around the entire yard like this. Why is he doing this?

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Jessica R
Jessica R

My dog doesn’t just walk backwards, he walks diagonally backwards, and sometimes sideways. I swear I thought he was high but it’s becoming more of an issue, almost like the poor guy is in pain 🙁 I’m taking him to the vet and will report back here with their findings. Wish us luck Canine Journal!

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Good luck Jessica! Keep us posted!

Josh
Josh

I’ve noticed my dog walks backwards sometimes when not on the leash but it’s usually while walking down a hallway or something where he is curious and to watch me but still wants to be alpha dog and be in front of me. As for your dog doing it when you let him outside, yeah maybe he does have a weird quirk or perhaps he’s trying to retrace his footsteps or something?

Miles Milerston
Miles Milerston

I totally know why your dog is walking backwards! He is in a parallel universe where everyone walks backwards, including dogs. Think about it.

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

haha, possibly true!? You might be onto something Miles!

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Two things come to mind when I read your question.

1) Your dog may just have a “weird quirk” where he likes to walk backwards.
2) He has a neurological problem.

I suggest making an appointment with your vet and talk to them about his behavior. It could be nothing but it could also be something more serious.

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