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Why Does My Puppy Roll Around in the Grass?

While it might seem like just another random canine behavior, there are several reasons behind your dog’s fondness for grass, and most of them are about scent.

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Dogs just love grass – eating it, smelling it, and rolling in it. While it might seem like just another random canine behavior, there are several reasons behind your dog’s fondness for grass, and most of them are about scent. So, if your dog is rolling in the grass, it may be about picking up a smell, covering a smell, or leaving their scent behind.

Why grass?

It’s an instinct

The grass is covered in varied smells – from other animals, humans, or even the rain. Rolling around in the grass is a way to rub those scents into their fur, which, for a dog’s ancestors, was a great way to conceal their natural scent and be more unassuming while on the hunt for prey.

It’s a territorial thing

Just like they’re doing with their new bed or mat, your dog could be rolling around in the grass in an attempt to add their scents to the mix while marking their spot as theirs, or at least telling the next dog that comes around that they were there before him. 

It’s their way of showing they’re happy

Yes, your dog may be feeling all good and relaxed, and what could be better than showing it by a good rolling in the grass while enjoying the sensation? There’s nothing wrong with that. 

Rolling around in the grass is a way to rub those scents into their fur, which, for a dog’s ancestors, was a great way to conceal their natural scent and be more unassuming while on the hunt for prey.

It’s all about that nose

The canine nose is a very sensitive thing and while humans might only smell the grass, your dog sniffs the grass and smells a whole menu of different things. If they like what they’re smelling, they may want to rub it on, much as you might do with a perfume sample at a department store. They might also want to get rid of the unwanted smells stuck in their body. “What’s this? Sniff-Sniff! Last night’s banana!? Gross!”. Or maybe, “I told her I can’t stand that perfume of hers, but she won’t listen! Woof-Woof!”

Your puppy has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, compared to only 5 million in humans. Now, imagine how irritating it is to detect even the lightest smell in the room. It just might be too much for them.  

It’s the perfect scratching board

Itching may be another reason why your puppy is rolling around in the grass. Allergies, fleas, or tick bites are all common reasons your dog may throw themselves in the grass like a torpedo. 

It’s OCD

Believe it or not, some dogs have obsessive-compulsive personalities. Rolling in the grass might just be their way of expressing their excitement in certain situations. 

Be aware of where your dog rolls in

While grass seems fairly harmless, be aware of where your dog rolls around. Some lawns have high levels of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer that could be poisonous to both you and your pet. Ticks, fleas, and other bugs are often found year-round in tall or mid-length grasses as well, and bacteria, viruses, and parasites could be lurking in the dirt below.

Always be sure to keep your pup up to date on vaccinations and flea and tick prevention medicines while being aware of possible reasons your dog may roll in the grass.

Believe it or not, some dogs have obsessive-compulsive personalities. Rolling in the grass might just be their way of expressing their excitement in certain situations.

How to stop your dog from rolling in the deep

Animal behaviorists suggest distracting your pup from the green stimuli by calling them back to you or redirecting their attention to an object, animal, or person which excites them more. While this task may seem a bit overwhelming, the time you’ll save on having to bathe your dog could make it worthwhile. 


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