Dogs can be weird creatures, often leaving their owners scratching their heads in bewilderment. Our team at South Shore Veterinary Hospital explains the reasons behind some of your pooch’s oddest behaviors.
#1: Your dog scoots along the carpet
Many people believe dogs drag their rear ends along the carpet because of intestinal parasites or fleas. While that may be possible, a scooting dog is much more likely to have anal gland issues. These two fluid-filled glands live right inside your pet’s anus, and are naturally expressed during defecation. However, sometimes these glands can become inflamed, infected, or impacted, with uncomfortable pressure that causes your dog to scoot along the ground.
#2: Your dog eats grass
Eating grass is likely an instinctual canine behavior, although some dogs simply like the taste. Since grass is high in fiber, dogs are thought to eat grass to purge foreign bodies and parasites from their systems.
#3: Your dog spins in circles
While puppies often entertain themselves by spinning in circles to try to catch their tail, most adult dogs spin in circles only for a few, excited seconds. Constant spinning can mean your dog has an inner ear infection, or they are obsessively trying to catch their tail, which can be a deep-rooted behavior issue.
#4: Your dog rolls in foul odors
Rolling in the grass provides a good backscratch, but why does your dog always choose the stinkiest areas? If an insect or animal died in that spot, or there’s a high concentration of urine or musk, you can bet your furry pal wants to be covered in that scent. Theories include that dogs enjoy the foul odor, or are trying to hide their own scent.
#5: Your dog moves their food when they eat
If your dog moves their mouthful of kibble to a different location, they’re likely guarding their valuable resource, rather than thinking their meal tastes better in the living room.
If you’re puzzled by your dog’s behavior, we recommend scheduling an appointment to rule out a medical issue—give us a call.