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Some of your dog’s odd behaviors are simply your dog being a dog! But if your dog’s behavior changes suddenly, or he displays behavior that clearly conveys he’s not well, please schedule a visit with one of the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

The answer to this question could be as simple as “because he likes it!!” Dogs in the wild are natural scavengers, so your dog’s desire for grass might just be genetic. Also, some dogs eat grass to soothe an upset stomach or out of an instinctive need for more fiber. Eating grass is generally harmless as long as there are no pesticides or other chemical treatments in the grass. To curtail this habit, carry treats along on your walks, and distract your dog if he starts to nibble grass and offer him a tasty treat instead. 

Why Does My Dog Wag His Tail?

Your dog’s tail plays a vital role in his ability to communicate—although some messages get lost in translation. For instance, a wagging tail doesn’t always mean, “Boy, am I happy!” A dog might wag his tail if he feels agitated or angry, or if he feels threatened. It can also mean that he’s super excited to be at the dog park! Since our dogs can’t express themselves with words, it’s best to consider the surroundings and your dog’s overall body language to determine just what that tail wag means. 

Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

Your dog might use his slobber-sharing technique to get your attention, to show you his undying love, or because he likes the taste of your sweat after a stroll around the neighborhood! However, if your pooch is engaging in excessive licking, it could be a sign that he’s scared or anxious and he’s trying to self-soothe. Be mindful of how much he licks himself as well, as this can point to allergies or other skin conditions. When in doubt, contact our team for an examination.

Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

There is actually a scientific term for this: canine conspecific coprophagy. Your dog may exhibit this less-than-desirable behavior because he’s bored, craving certain nutrients, or because he thinks it’s tasty! You can curb your dog’s desire to eat poo by making sure he gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation and eats a healthy diet. When outside, stay with him and distract him with a favorite toy if he seems interested in nibbling poo. Clean up after your pets right away to remove the temptation.

Why Does My Dog Chase His Tail?

Boredom, positive reinforcement (do you laugh and watch your dog when he does this?), and simple genetics (predator breeds will do this) play roles in this particular pastime. Dogs that have been abused or that are left alone for long periods might also develop a compulsive disorder that causes them to chase their tails. Worms or fleas could also be the culprits if tail nipping occurs along with the chasing. 

Anytime you have questions regarding your dog’s behavior—strange or otherwise—please give us a call. We can rule out underlying health conditions and get to the root of your dog’s behavior.