Tail-Chasing

When puppies chase their tails, it’s like babies grabbing their toes. It’s a way to explore their bodies. It’s not usually a problem unless dogs do it all the time. See if you can distract your pup. If they would rather chase their tail than eat or go for a walk, it’s a problem. You may need to talk to your vet about training or medication.

Crotch-Sniffing

Dogs like to sniff each other’s bottoms, but it’s different when they nose up to someone’s crotch! It’s not bad manners, according to your dog. Dogs can get a lot of information about other dogs by sniffing around down there. They probably get the same info by sniffing people, too. If your dog’s nosiness bothers you — or the people they sniff! — obedience training may help.

Scooting

It’s common for dogs to scoot or drag their bottoms across the ground after doing their business — especially if their stool is loose. But if a dog scoots a lot all day, see your vet. Scooting can mean impacted anal glands, which you should get your vet to treat. It could also come from having a tapeworm.