Does your pup ever do something so ridiculous that it makes you scratch your head in bewilderment? Dogs can be weird creatures, but our teams at Bark Avenue Enterprise are here to explain the reasons behind some of your dog’s oddest and possibly most endearing behaviors.

#1: Your dog spins in circles

While puppies often entertain themselves by spinning in circles to try to catch their tail, most adult dogs spin in circles only for a few exciting seconds. However, constant spinning can mean your dog has an inner ear infection, or they are obsessively trying to catch their tail, which can be a deep-rooted behavior issue.

#2: Your dog rolls in foul odors

Rolling in the grass provides a good backscratch, but why does your dog always choose the stinkiest areas? If an insect or animal died in that spot, or there’s a high concentration of urine or musk, you can bet your furry pal wants to be covered in that scent. Theories include that dogs enjoy the foul odor or are trying to hide their own scent.

#3: Your dog scoots along the carpet

Many people believe dogs drag their rear ends along the carpet because of intestinal parasites or fleas. While that may be possible, a scooting dog is much more likely to have anal gland issues. These two fluid-filled glands live right inside your pet’s anus and are naturally expressed during defecation. However, sometimes these glands can become inflamed, infected, or impacted, with uncomfortable pressure that causes your dog to scoot along the ground. 

#4: Your dog eats grass

Eating grass is likely an instinctual canine behavior, although some dogs simply like the taste. Since grass is high in fiber, dogs are thought to eat grass to purge foreign bodies and parasites from their systems.

#5: Your dog moves their food when they eat

If your dog moves their mouthful of kibble to a different location, they’re likely guarding their valuable resource rather than thinking their meal tastes better in the living room.

Although most odd behaviors displayed by your dog is most likely nothing serious, some behaviors may warrant a visit to the vet to get your pooch checked out. If you’re puzzled by your dog’s behavior, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your nearest Bark Avenue Enterprise location to rule out a medical issue.