Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?



October 31, 2019

Have you ever wondered why dogs eat grass and the reasons behind some of their other odd behavior, like sneezing when they play? Well, we took the time to find you the answers to all of your hard and pressing questions!

So, why do dogs eat grass?

Your beloved dog is not a cow, so what would make them scarf down the green stuff? Despite some people believing that dogs eat grass because their diet lacks nutrients, there is no scientific research to support that claim. According to the American Kennel Club, your furry friend is likely eating grass simply because they like the taste of it.

While snacking on some grass and weeds growing on the lawn may sound disgusting to us humans, a dog’s palette is different. Keep in mind your dog also likes your smelly socks and that gristle that was thrown in the trash from last night’s dinner. The good news is that most types of grass and weeds are not toxic to our furry friends. However, it’s worth noting certain herbicides and pesticides used on lawns can be very toxic, especially if ingested. Also, there are some plant species that are toxic to our pets. To make sure the plants in and around the area where your dog is eating grass aren’t dangerous, check the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center website, which maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Why does my dog sneeze when he plays?

Just like humans, dog sneeze for a variety of reasons,including sensitivity to certain smells or as part of an allergic reaction.However, dogs also sneeze as a form of communication. Dogs are constantly communicating and it’s not always subtle. According to Canine University when a dog sneezes during play they may be confirming they are simply playing and saying “I’m having a great time!”. Additionally, a sneeze during play can be used as a calming signal to indicate that they need to slowdown or take a break. Either way, when your furry friend lightly sneezes when playing there is no need for concern.

Why does my dog stare at me?

Have you ever noticed your furry friend staring at you?Staring competitions are fun…until they’re flat out creepy! Can’t your pup take a hint that you would like some privacy while dressing? Our dogs stare at us for a variety of reasons; watching or attending to us is a great source of information and tends to be the most common reason why your pooch may be gawking.Your choice of clothes for the day can signal to your furry friend if you are going to work or planning to take them for a walk.

Why does my dog sit on other dogs?

It can be funny when your dog sits on another dog or your furry friend could look downright silly. Especially if they’re the one being sat on! While the behavior looks odd, it is fairly common among canines. Dogs will sometimes sit on each other while playing, or when trying to establish dominance. Ultimately there is no need to worry, though you may want to be cautious of your Great Dane sitting on your neighbor’s chihuahua!

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