Why does my dog rub his face on the carpet?

Dog rubbing face on carpet

Once every so often you will find your dog rubbing his face on the grass, ground or carpet. This is usually seen as normal behavior and should not be anything to worry about. However, if you notice your dog rubbing his face on the carpet excessively, there could be other underlying reasons why your dog is showing this behavior that might need addressing.  

Our dogs constantly communicate with us in various ways. As a dog owner, it is important to be able to pick up on any signs to understand what your dog is trying to tell you. Often the carpet serves as an excellent face-cleaning or scratching tool, but there could be other reasons why your dog is rubbing his face on the carpet. To make sure you understand your dog’s behavior, have a read through the following reasons why your pup might rub their face on the carpet.  


Normal behavior  

Itchy face 

Nothing quite beats an itchy face than a good face rub on the carpet. The soft and fuzzy texture of a carpet makes it a great scratching tool for your dog’s face. An itch can appear without any severe reason and the carpet is perfect to relieve some of that itchiness. This is absolutely normal behavior and it should not raise any worries if your pup goes for a rub ever so often.  


Cleaning a messy face 

Besides being a perfect itching tool, your carpet is also great to get rid of some sand, sticks, grasses or any other dirt that got stuck on your dog’s face from walks or playtime in your garden. That’s why often when you come back home from the outdoors you’ll find your pup rubbing his face on the carpet. Another time you are likely to find your pup rubbing his face is in the morning. Some dogs tend to get eye rheum from sleeping and a good rub in the morning cleans it all up. One more popular face rubbing time is straight after a meal. Small crumbs of dog food can get stuck on your dog’s lips, cheeks and around the nose. A good rub wipes it all away.  


Behavior that needs your attention 

Collar irritation 

You’ll likely find your dog rubbing their necks and face on the carpet when the collar is causing irritation. Dogs usually wear their collars all the time, although some pup owners prefer to take them off after walks. No matter the frequency of wearing the collar, it is always important to check if the collar sits comfortably around your dog’s neck. When the collar is fitted too tight, the collar chafes the neck of your dog which causes irritation.

You can easily check if the collar is fitted properly by slipping two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. If you can do this easily, the collar of your dog will be just fine. If you struggle to get two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck, this is a sign you need to loosen your dog’s collar. Another reason your pup might be suffering from collar irritation is due to a dirty collar. Make sure that you give the collar a wash every so often to prevent irritation caused by dirt from happening.