Does your dog like to stop and munch on the lawn while they’re outside? This is a fairly common quirk among canines, but one that has raised many questions and concerns from dog parents. If you’re one of them, the answer may not be what you think!
These are the most common reasons dogs eat grass and what you can do to help them beat this strange habit.
5 Interesting Reasons Dogs Eat Grass
1. They’re Anxious
Do you bite your fingernails when you’re nervous? Many dogs nibble on grass for the same reason.
An anxious dog can find comfort in forming habits like this, but if you’d prefer they find solace in something else, there are many ways you can help ease their anxiety such as providing physical contact or giving them a fun new toy.
2. They Need More Fiber
Grass is high in fiber, and dogs need fiber to help them digest food, pass stool, and keep their GI tracts running smoothly. If your dog is foraging for grass, it could indicate they’re not getting enough fiber from their diet.
3. Gastric Reflux
Gastric reflux, more commonly referred to as heartburn, is just as unpleasant for dogs as it is for humans. That could be why they’re munching on grass, which is a natural antacid.
It’s not unusual for dogs to throw up yellow foam known as bile after eating grass. This explains why so many people believe that dogs eat grass to help them vomit or because they're ill.
Unless your dog is showing other serious symptoms of stomach discomfort, it’s not likely they’re snacking on the grass due to a major health issue.
4. They’re Bored
If you leave your dog outside and they begin gobbling down the grass, they’re probably just bored and trying to amuse themselves. Grab their favorite toy for some playtime or take them for a walk around the block to provide some much-needed entertainment.
Besides, nothing makes your dog happier than quality time with their favorite human.
5. They Enjoy It!
There are many great explanations for your dog’s grass-eating habit, but the fact of the matter could be that they simply enjoy the taste and texture of grass. Wet grass or grass that has sprouted just in time for spring is especially palatable to your furry friend.
How to Stop Your Dog From Eating Grass
Most experts agree that grass isn’t harmful to your dog, but many lawns are treated with pesticides and herbicides. Unless you’re certain the grass has not been treated, it’s a good idea to keep it out of your dog’s mouth.
The best way to do this is through treat training. When your dog tries to eat the grass, gently encourage them to walk in a different direction. If they comply, reward them with a tasty snack that’s even better than grass.
Our 100% plant-based dog treats are perfect for this kind of positive reinforcement training while satisfying your dog's cravings, including grass hankerings. Plus, our vegan dog treats are rich in healthy fiber, a great resource for the digestive tract and the prevention of harmful bacteria overgrowth.
Indulge your four-legged friend’s taste buds with the meaty flavors they love and all the benefits of a healthy flexitarian snack.
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