Do you commonly find your pup rolling around in the grass on a warm, sunny afternoon? This behavior may seem like just an odd quirk, but there are actually many legitimate reasons why your dog likes to roll around in the grass, a couple of which may indicate the need for medical attention. That is why our veterinary clinic in North Merrick has cataloged the top 4 for you!
#1 – Instinct
Dogs aren’t the only animals that roll around in the grass, their distant cousins, wolves, do it too! When a wolf comes across certain odors, they will first sniff them and then roll around in them to get the scent all over their face, neck and body. When the wolf returns to its pack, they will start to thoroughly investigate that particular scent, sometimes following the scent all the way back to its origin.
#2 – They are itchy
Dogs can’t scratch their own backs, and they have a hard time communicating to you that they need to be scratched, so that leaves them with rolling around on the ground when they have an itch to scratch. There are many things that could cause your dog to be itchy, including tick or flea bites, allergies and other health issues. If your dog is constantly itchy, it’s always a good idea to have them examined by your veterinarian to identify the true source of their itchiness.
These are just a couple of the many reasons why your dog might be rolling around in the grass. Want to learn about the last couple? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog!