Look. We're all friends here, so let's cut right to the chase: Have you ever noticed your dog staring at you while he or she takes a shit?
Well, my parents just got a puppy, Cosmo. He is a very good boy, and (not here to judge!!!) I've noticed that he REALLY likes to keep his eyes on me whenever he's doing his business.
So one day, after a particularly intense poop-staredown with the lil' guy, I whipped out my phone and started googling. And as it turns out, those long looks are just another example of ~EVOLUTION~ at work!
Many experts believe dogs do the poop-stare because taking a dump makes them feel vulnerable — and they want to make sure you're keeping them safe while they do it.
"The pooping position is a vulnerable position for dogs," a dog behavior expert named Mary Friedman told The Dodo in an interview. "The feeling of being vulnerable is left over from their wild ancestor, the wolf, who still has to fend for himself in the wild."
"I think dogs are making sure we have their backs while they're in that vulnerable position for an extended period of time."
And veterinarian Dr. Kathryn Primm also believes this theory. As she wrote in a blog post for I Heart Dogs:
If your dog watches you during this time, it is because she is depending on you to give her a body language signal or “heads up” if she should be afraid. She may also be looking to you to possibly defend her should the need arise.