Why does my dog?

Have you ever wondered why your dog does certain things, like eat grass, lick your feet or even why they sometimes eat poo? If you’re confused by your dog’s behaviour, or are looking for reassurance about common canine habits, then we’ve found the answers to some of the most frequently searched for questions on ‘why does my dog?’.

Eat grass?

Is your dog a grass eater? Ever wonder why they do it? You may have heard that dogs eat grass to make themselves sick, or because they lack certain nutrients, but this isn’t always the case.

Why does my dog eat grass?

Stare at me?

Do you often find your dog staring at you and wonder what they’re thinking? They might want to tell you something or may want to know something, but what could that special ‘something’ be?

Why does my dog stare at me?


Does your dog sometimes shake? Maybe when they're excited or anxious? Dogs can shake for many different reasons, but why are they doing it and should you be worried?

Why does my dog shake?

Eat poo?

One in four dogs eat poo! It may be disgusting to us, but it’s actually a normal behaviour for many different animals, including dogs, but why do they do it?

Why does my dog eat poop?

Follow me everywhere?

Does your dog follow you everywhere? Dogs usually follow the ones that they trust and love the most, but why do they do it and when should you be concerned?

Why does my dog follow me everywhere?

Lick me so much?

Dogs love to lick. For them, licking is a natural behaviour used to groom, bond with others and express how they feel, but what could be the reason they're licking you?

Why does my dog lick me so much?

Lick my feet?

Does your dog lick your feet? Dogs lick to show they care, to get attention, to understand you better and because they enjoy it. It may be disgusting to us, but why do they lick your feet?

Why does my dog lick my feet?

Sneeze so much?

Whether your dog has been sneezing a lot lately, or you’ve noticed that they sometimes sneeze when they’re playing or excited, find out what it could mean and when you should visit the vet.

Why does my dog sneeze so much?

Smell of fish?

Has your dog ever smelt like fish? The cause is probably one of the most common health problems in dogs. Find out why your dog might smell unpleasant and what you should do?

Why does my dog smell of fish?
If you have any other questions about your dog's health or behaviour that aren't answered here, then take a look through our library of articles on health issues in dogs.

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