Dog Rubbing His Ears and Face on the Carpet Floor – Top 3 Reasons Why

Here are a few common reasons that may explain a dog that suddenly starts to rub and drag his ears on the carpet floor.

1. Signs of an ear mite infection

Your dog could be rubbing and dragging his ears against the carpet because of the irritations caused by an ear mite infection. This kind of infection can make the dog’s ears feel really itchy. In addition to rubbing his ears on the floor, the dog may also shake his head excessively and have discharge coming out from his ears. Ear mite infections are contagious and may have been passed along by other dogs.

2. Signs of happiness

Some dogs may rub their ears and face on the carpet after they have eaten. This could just be a sign of happiness. In addition to rubbing their ears and face, the dogs may partake in a behavior called scent rolling. Your dog could just be doing silly dog things and the ear rubbing might be nothing to be worried about unless the dog is doing it excessively.

Here’s something you may have not known before but your dog’s ears contain a lot of nerve endings. Gently rubbing the dog’s ears may help release hormones like endorphins and make them feel better!

3. Underlying health problems

Some dogs may rub their ears and face on the carpet because they are in pain. As we mentioned earlier, rubbing could be one way for dogs to make themselves feel better. You should take the dog to the vet if the rubbing and dragging behavior is accompanied by other concerning symptoms like lethargy or a loss of appetite.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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