Why Do Dogs Roll On Their Backs and Wiggle Story


Reasons  Why Do Dogs Roll On Their Backs and Wiggle

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Dogs can be funny creatures. Their behavior is designed to confound us or at least make us laugh. One of those behaviors is the seemingly random act of rolling over on its back and wiggling.

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Let’s dig into this behavior and discover the possible reasons dogs roll in the grass, dirt, floor, park, or just about anywhere.

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Your Dog Is Itchy and Scratchy

The first possible reason, and the seemingly most obvious, is that your dog has an itch to scratch. After all, humans do it when the itch is unreachable — we look for a sharp wall end or door frame to wiggle on.


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Your Dog Is Trying to Be Cool

Most people know that dogs will pant or expose their tongues to cool off when they are hot. The belly, which usually has lighter fur, can also be exposed to offer additional relief.


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Your Dog Is Greeting You (Or Others)

Some dogs love their humans. When they see you, they incline to show you that they welcome your presence and are no threat to you. So they roll over onto their backs, wag their tails, and squirm and wiggle.

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Your Dog Wants to Be a Secret Agent

When a dog hunts in the wild, it sometimes needs to mask its scent in order to stalk prey. It would therefore roll around in anything that had a more potent smell.

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Your Dog Is Playing a Trick

They have learned that lying on their backs can effectively lure innocent “prey” to the “kill.” This type of behavior is usually not desired and displayed by typically anxious dogs.

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