Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If you have, then you already know about a couple of the main reasons why your dog rolls around in the grass. To recap, we’ve already talked about instinct and itchiness. The following is a list from our veterinarian in North Bellmore of the last 2 common reasons why your dog rolls in the grass:
#3 – Covering up smells
You may feel that the shampoo you bathe your dog with smells great, but they may have other ideas. If your dog is constantly rolling around outside after you bathe them, chances are, they don’t particularly like how they smell after their bath. Buy several small bottles of doggy shampoo so you can experiment with different scents. You may find one that you and your dog both love!
#4 – Obsessive behavior
Dogs, just like people, can get obsessive compulsive disorders, and if you dog always needs to roll around in the grass, they may have one. The best way to handle it in this kind of circumstance is with consistent training. Keep your eye out on your dog as they are sniffing around, when you notice that they have found an excitable smell that they may want to roll around them, call them to you and keep them engaged with a reward of a game.
Is rolling around in the grass safe?
Lawns are treated with all kinds of things that can irritate your dog’s skin, like herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. Ticks, fleas and other parasites also like to hang out in the grass. Before you let your dog roll around in the grass, make sure that they are up to date on their vaccines and that you are utilizing a solid tick and flea prevention regimen. It is also advisable to only let them roll around in grass that is untreated.