Why Do Dogs Rub Their Faces?

Marking their territory

Dogs have scent glands in their faces, and rubbing their faces on objects can help them to mark their territory.


Dogs groom themselves by licking and rubbing their faces. This helps to remove dirt, debris, and parasites.

Releasing stress or anxiety

Rubbing their faces can help dogs to release stress or anxiety.

Showing affection

Dogs may rub their faces on people or other dogs as a way of showing affection.

Trying to get attention

If a dog is not getting enough attention, they may rub their faces on people or objects as a way of trying to get attention.

Exploring their environment

When dogs are exploring their environment, they may rub their faces on things to get a better sense of their surroundings.

How to Tell 

If you are concerned about your dog's face rubbing, it is always best to consult with a veterinarian or animal behaviorist.

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