Maybe this isn't OT, since dogs live in homes? Why do dogs scrach
their side with their hind leg?
Is it only because of fleas or do they itch like people? Either
way, what do they do about scratching their back and belly etc?
I ask because there is a puppy on Friday's rerun of Monk who is
scratching his side with his hind leg and I wonder if they trained him
to do that or if they put some fleas on his side to get him too. And
how could they train him unless he had some reason to do it in the
first place? He looks too small and young to know English already.
Dogs scratch for the same reason people do: because they itch. Doesn't
anything to do with fleas.
Dogs use their hind legs to scratch their sides and heads because they can't
parts of their bodies with their front legs.
They scratch itches on their bellies and butts with their teeth, and on their
backs by rolling over
and wiggling. Ever seen a person scratch his back on a doorpost? Same idea
I have seen dogs, cats and even horses scratch the areas they can reach with
their rear paw or hoof. The mouth works for other areas that they can reach
with their teeth. They do whatever they have to do to get rid of the itch.
Yep. I grew up with dogs, I've been around them all my life, but I had little to
no contact with
horses until my late twenties. I laughed so hard it hurt, the first time I saw a
horse sit down on its
butt and scratch its ear with a rear hoof -- *exactly* like a dog does.
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