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Why Do Dogs Roll In Grass?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Sep 6 ·

There are some things that dogs do that we will never understand. So, why do dogs roll in grass? It’s easy to tell when they have an itchy back and roll around on the carpet inside the house. But is that the case when it comes to grass? Well, it could be. Or, it could be due to something else.

why do dogs roll in grass

Why do dogs roll in grass?

To us, dogs do a lot of strange things, but it’s completely normal to them. However, when it comes to rolling around in the grass, there are many reasons as to why your doggo might be doing that. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as scratching an itch. Or, unfortunately, your doggo may be rolling in rabbit poop. In other words, some reasons are harmless while other reasons are unwanted behavior.

Masking their scent

Dogs mark their territory in many ways. Rolling their scent on something is just one of those ways. However, your dog’s ancestors used to mask their scent by rolling around on the ground. If prey smelled dog (or wolf), then they would flee the scene right away. However, if they smell another animal of their kind, then they’re likely to stay. The wolf can then jump out from its hiding spot and get its unsuspecting prey.

In addition, when dogs smell something, they separate the scents. For example, when we wake up in the morning, we smell someone cooking breakfast. On the other hand, your dog smells the bacon, eggs, toast, and even the butter all separately.

So, when your pooch decides to sniff every blade of grass on their potty break, it’s because they’re soaking in all the different scents from animals and flowers and anything else that came by. In addition, instinct might tell them to mask their own scent so they can “hunt” later.

Is that why dogs love to roll in poop?

Maybe, maybe not. It’s not quite known why dogs roll in poop from other animals. They could be masking their scent from everywhere else, or it could be because they enjoy that smell.

To us, poop smells bad. However, our scents smell like poop to dogs. For example, they don’t typically like the scent of our perfume, shampoo, candles, and the like. So, if you bathe your dog with a pet-safe shampoo that’s scented, chances are they’re going to find the smelliest thing outside and roll in it the first chance they get.

It might feel good

On the other hand, your dog might enjoy the sensation of rolling around in the grass. Maybe they have an itchy back that they need to scratch, and they’ll get right back up again. If they are rolling around in the grass (or inside the house) excessively, then be sure to check over your dog’s coat and skin. They might have a skin rash or even fleas. Rolling around in the grass relieves the itching and feels good to them. If you’re unsure, call your veterinarian.

Or, maybe they love lounging in the grass. Sometimes, you’ll notice your pooch roll around in the grass and then lay with their belly exposed, soaking up the sun.

why do dogs roll in grass

It gets rid of dead hair

Have you ever felt something tickling your arm, and it turned out a strand of hair is resting on it? Well, dogs shed their fur. So, unless you brush their fur frequently to keep the shedding at bay, loose, dead hair is sitting atop your pup’s back.

In other words, your doggo might roll around in the grass to get the dead hair off their back. Feeling loose hair on their back must feel odd and uncomfortable, so they attempt to rub it off.

Should you let your dog roll in the grass?

When you bring your dog outside, you should always keep an eye on them. It doesn’t matter if they’re big or little or if you have a fenced-in yard. Watching your dog in the yard to ensure they’re not getting into anything they’re not supposed to be a good idea.

So, if you notice your doggo is extra relaxed and rolled in the grass a tad but then decided to lounge with their belly sunbathing, chances are they’re simply relaxing. That’s okay.

However, if they’re rolling in poop from another animal, that’s a good reason to stop them. Redirect them to something else in the yard. 

Can rolling in the grass cause bloat?

Bloat is a serious condition that typically occurs in larger dogs with deep chests. This is when their stomach gets twisted. If not treated right away, it could be fatal.

Some people believe that rolling around on their back can cause your dog to twist their stomachs and get bloat. In fact, some dog trainers don’t teach “rollover” because of bloat. However, no proof rolling around in grass actually causes bloat. If your doggo has a full stomach after eating, then you most likely don’t want them to roll around.

If you’re concerned about bloat, then certainly talk to your vet about it.

why do dogs roll in grass

Why do dogs roll in grass?

Overall, the answer can be harmless, or it can be a little disgusting, regardless of why keep an eye on your dog. If they’re relaxing, then take a couple of cute photos of them. Otherwise, distract them with something else in the yard.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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