Reasons Why Do Dogs Rub Their Faces On the Ground

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Like most of our best friends, dogs are superb companions and have lovable quirks. Among them is the habit of sometimes wanting to rub their faces on the ground, whether it be grass, the lounge carpet, or your favorite garden patch at home.

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The behavior itself is not abnormal. It is a perfectly natural action that stems from a number of inherited behaviors. Sometimes it’s purely genetic; other times, merely practical.

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Why do Dogs Rub Their Faces on the Ground? 5 Positive Reasons

- Instinct - Smelling Good - Post Bath Sensations - The Zoomies - Face Wash Moment

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When Do Dogs Rub their faces on the Ground? 7 Not-so-Positive reasons

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CCD Behavior


Canine Compulsive Disorder (CCD) affects some dogs, and can cause your pup to rub their faces on the ground a lot. In essence, it describes any behavior the dog cannot stop and spontaneously exhibits without reason.

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Allergic Stressors


It’s not altogether uncommon for pets to have allergic reactions to something. That could range from their food to environmental triggers or even detergents.

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Parasite Presence


Fleas, ticks, and mites can find a home on any dog. Your doggo might try to scratch them with a face rub on the floor if they become problematic around the face and ears.

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