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Why do dogs pee on tires?

Ive seen many instances of dogs (and cats) peeing on vehicle tires. I guess its a territory marking behaviour, but why the tires? Do they have an attractive scent? Any way to prevent this (besides a pellet gun)?


  • edited March 2011
    The tires are the thing that contacts the ground - same as the base of trees, lamp posts, fire hydrants...I think there's a thread in here somewhere with an animal expert who answers the animals vs. cars questions.
  • edited March 2011
    Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can pick up scents from wherever the cars been driven lately. Including those of other dogs. They are just adding their own to the saying "I'm here too".
  • edited March 2011
    They see the "Made In Japan" lettering.
  • edited March 2011
    Fot that answer you'd have to figure out why dogs pee ON anything.
  • edited March 2011
    Too funny.

    Because if they tried to reach higher on the car they would;

    a) fall over
    2) pee on themselves
    III) need a 6 pack of beer as a distance enhancer

    You should be grateful, would you prefer they peed on the paint? Or your door handle???
  • edited March 2011
    All Passenger Car Tires Specify "Pee". My Tires Are All P225-60R-16.

    Besides that, rubber comes from rubber trees, dogs like trees . . .

  • edited March 2011
    A Little Tire Peeing's Not Bad, Eh ? Ever See What They Do To Some People's Legs ?

  • edited March 2011
    I think they choose tires because the smart dogs told them there is little chance of electric shock.
  • Same as the answer to the other question: "Because they can."
  • edited March 2011
    There are far more car wheels than fire hydrants. As other say, dogs mark territory.
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