9 Weird Dog Behaviors Explained

Many people believe that dogs with an upset stomach will eat grass to make themselves vomit. This is true to some extent. In a survey of more than 1,500 dogs, 79 percent were documented to eat grass at least monthly. Only 9 percent of the dogs appeared ill prior to eating plants and about 22 percent regularly vomited afterward (1). If your dog is constantly eating grass to make themselves vomit, make sure to have them examined by your veterinarian to find out why they feel nauseous. 

Dogs and puppies may also choose to eat grass due to an imbalance in their gut bacteria. They may instinctually munch on grass to help bridge any nutritional gaps. If this behavior bothers you, you can look into offering your dog probiotics as a way to improve their gut health.

 Licking for dogs has many self-soothing properties due to the endorphins (aka feel-good hormones) that are released. However, if your pup is excessively licking their paws, this could indicate there may be a health condition or behavioral problem occurring. So, how do you know the difference? 

Many dogs will lick their paws after going for a walk, playing, or eating—when they stop and take a rest. This type of licking is considered a normal behavior. 

But if you’re noticing that your dog or puppy is constantly licking, chewing, or nibbling at their paws or nails, there may be something bothering them. The most common cause is an environmental allergen from grasses or pollens that causes inflammation in the body and makes the paws itchy