Why Do Dogs Rub Their Faces?

Dogs, instinctively curious, engage in face-rubbing to explore scents, textures, and communicate.


Seeking comfort, dogs often rub their faces against objects or people as a self-soothing behavior.


Dogs use facial rubbing to mark territory, leaving their scent and conveying messages to other dogs.


Sometimes, face-rubbing can indicate health issues like allergies, infections, or dental problems.


Dogs rubbing their faces on surfaces might be stimulating their senses, akin to scratching an itch.

Sensory Stimulation

Face-rubbing is a sign of joy in dogs, showing contentment and a positive emotional state.


The reasons behind face-rubbing helps strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.

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