Why Do Female Dogs Rub Themselves On The Ground?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 07/19/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Rub Themselves On The Ground?

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Have you ever noticed your female dog rubbing herself on the ground? Why does she do this? It can be perplexing and concerning, especially for inexperienced pet parents.

So, we’ve put together some information about what it means when female dogs rub themselves on the ground and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!

What Does It Mean When Female Dogs Rub Themselves on the Ground?

There are several reasons that your female dog may rub herself on the ground, including the following!

1. Instinct

Wild canines are known to do the same behavior of rubbing themselves on the ground. Experts believe wild dogs are doing this to hide their scent. They may roll in poop or something else to disguise their own scent. This behavior could save the wild canines from prospective dangers.

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Our domesticated canines still have the same instinct to cover their scent in something. This is one reason your female dog is rubbing herself on the ground.

2. Internal Parasites

Another common reason female dogs rub themselves on the ground is due to internal parasites. In this case, the female dog may be scooting on her rear, trying to relieve the itch caused by tapeworms.

3. External Parasites

External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, can cause female dogs to rub themselves on the ground. The dogs are trying to soothe the itch of the flea bites. However, the dog could also be trying to scratch her bad if she’s having an allergic reaction to the bites.

4. Anal Gland Problems

Anal gland problems may also cause a dog to scoot their bum across the ground. The anal glands, one on either side of the anus, may become infected or develop other problems. The discomfort, itching, and pain can drive a dog to find relief by rubbing herself on the ground.

5. Rolling Around & Having Fun

Finally, another reason a female dog may rub herself on the ground is that she’s happy and having fun! When dogs are happy and feeling good, they sometimes lay on their backs and roll around the grass. If you look at your dog’s face, she will look ecstatic and possibly excited!

A dog that’s rolling on the ground and having fun will happily rub herself on the ground. This is nothing to worry about and is completely normal behavior for dogs.

How to Help Your Dog

If your female dog is constantly rubbing herself on the ground, it’s a good idea to call the vet. They can make sure she has no underlying medical conditions that could be causing this behavior.

However, if your dog is simply happy and having fun, or she likes to roll in yucky things, these are normal behaviors and not anything to worry about!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!
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