There is something rolling in the grass that is so irresistible to dogs. But why is my dog rolling in the grass? And should you do something about it?
Why is my dog rolling in the grass?
Dogs are crazy – there are no bones left. But much of your dog’s seemingly strange behavior actually serves a purpose. For example, if your dog smells another dog’s butt, he will take important information about that dog’s, age, and health status. Even your dog’s habit of rolling in the grass has a reason for this!
What is the purpose of the roll?
Sometimes, when your dog is rolling in the grass, he looks like he’s having a great time, while sometimes he looks like he’s trying to rub something off of himself.
The truth is that rolling on the floor serves several potential purposes for your dog. One reason (and perhaps the most obvious reason) is that he’s trying to get some sort of itchy debris from his skin.
That piece of lush green grass may look soft, but the grass is actually mildly abrasive, so it works almost like a brush’s bristles, loosening dirt from your dog’s coat.
For dogs with a double coat, rolling in the grass can also help get dead hair out of the coat. This is especially common in breeds that “blow” their coats once or twice a year – when they roll in the grass,
Another reason your dog may be rolling in the grass is that he has found a piece of scent he likes. Have you ever wondered why dogs seem to stink of stinky stuff and why they love to roll in?
This behavior can be traced back to the wild heritage of dogs. Wolves, coyotes, and other wild dogs have been known to use certain scents to coat their own natural scent.
For example, a wild wolf can roll into a patch of grass where a deer or rabbit has been eliminated. By rolling in that scent, the wolf effectively disguises its own scent, making it less detectable for its prey.
The longer the wolf can prevent its prey from picking up its scent, the closer it can get and the more likely it is to prey.
If your dog throws an unpleasant thing in something, he probably doesn’t think he’s better able to sneak up on squirrels. Maybe it’s a matter of instinct.
It’s also entirely possible that there is no practical reason for his behavior – he just feels like rolling around! If your dog is rolling frantically, it may be because he is trying to get something off him.
However, a slow side-to-side throw is an indication of happiness – your dog just rolls because it feels good. If you find that your dog is rubbing his face, neck or back a little harder, he may be doing a little self-grooming or examining a certain odor.
Rolling in the grass can be a goal for your dog – even if that goal is just to make him feel good. Unless your dog is really rolling in something unpleasant or dangerous, there is no reason to stop him from performing this behavior. Roll away!