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    hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    She is a 10 month shihtzu. Yesterday and today, she sits and drags her butt on the floor sort of with her feet up if that makes sense? Is she uncomfortable or what does it mean? It began yesterday right after her grooming appointment. Thanks!

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    I'm just talking thru experience (same thing as yours). But do make sure that it has never happen before the grooming appointment. Sometimes when the groomer use clippers to trim the fur (only applicable if the groomer been using the clippers for a while), it might be hot to the skin and as the pup will sometimes can't keep still during grooming it might touch the skin. Hence, it's kinda like uncomfortable/itchy to the pup. Think of it as hot semi-boiling water on the skin. It does irritate the skin. So since there is no way they can scratch the itch; the scoot around and drag her butt.

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    Did they express her anal grands and now it feels weird down there? I thought a butt drag meant that the anal glands need to be expressed or worms. Also, is there the slight chance that a hair is stuck down there that might be causing it?

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    yeah we've never seen it before even though she has been groomed before but yesterday she was groomed extra extra short so I think it's definately related to the grooming. I don't think express anal glands (whatever that means) is part of her grooming at least I don't believe it is. She seems fine otherwise but thought I'd ask since it was a "new" behavior. The first time she did it was right after the groomer when I took her out to pee and she did it outside the groomer's store.

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    In general, it usually means she has an "itchy behind" for whatever reason. A bit of dried poop that stuck around, or she pooped a hair but it didn't come out all the way (sometimes they eat hair accidentally, then it is pooped out...) or it could be due to the grooming, or, her anal glands need to be dealt with. Either way, she's trying to itch her butt by dragging it on the ground.

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    My dogs do that either when they've got some poop hanging from their butt (gross, and my poor carpet), or (more often) when their anal glands need to be expressed. The anal glands contain a liquid that provides the dog's scent so, when the dog poops, its scent is transferred to the grass. Sometimes, anal glands won't express (or drain) properly when the dog uses the bathroom, and so they get too full. Dogs will drag their butt to get the gland to express. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. If your dog has softer poop, then it could be that her anal glands need to be expressed.

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    What kind of food is the dog on? A lot of times a poor diet(anything with grains, or sold at big box retailers for the most part) will caused issues with anal glands not expressing themselves. It's also a major thing with small breed dogs... If it's not that, then it could be worms.

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    Re: hi, why is my pup doing this all of a sudden/what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by MissWulfy View Post
    What kind of food is the dog on? A lot of times a poor diet(anything with grains, or sold at big box retailers for the most part) will caused issues with anal glands not expressing themselves. It's also a major thing with small breed dogs... If it's not that, then it could be worms.
    I agree with MissWulfy. Just to add, the poor diet leads to soft poop, which is why anal glands are not being expressed naturally.

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