What Makes Dogs Rub Their Faces on the Floor?

There’s nothing better than owning a dog. The companionship and unconditional love is like nothing else in the world. But as any dog owner can tell you, dogs sometimes add a little bit oddly. Specifically, dogs are sometimes seen rubbing their faces or snouts across the floor, particularly carpeted surfaces. Tails in the air, walking along and snorting as they go, you’ve probably seen a dog do this a time or two. Which begs the question: why do dogs rub their faces across the floor? There are a few possibilities.

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They Could Be Teething

In puppies, teething is a major milestone. All dogs at that age have teeth that are commonly referred to as, “milk teeth.” These teeth are eventually pushed out of their mouths by permanent or adult teeth, but in the meantime it could cause discomfort. Dogs can often rub their faces on the floor for relief or even to help those milk teeth to loosen and fall from their mouths.

Food or Sticks Caught

Dogs are known for their affinity toward sticks, bones, and other objects they can chew. However, it is common for sticks or bone to get caught between their teeth, gums, or even across the roof of the mouth. Dogs might rub their faces on the floor to dislodge these items, as they cause discomfort for them.

Allergies

In humans, allergies typically come in the form of a runny nose or red eyes. In dogs, typically allergies show themselves through itchy skin. So, a dog might scoot their itchy muzzle across the carpet for some much needed relief. Other signs of a dog that is suffering from allergies is excessive scratching of the skin, and licking of the stomach or paws.

So, while that scooting across the carpet might be funny, you should always check that there isn’t a more serious issue behind that behavior.

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