Okay, so most things our dogs drool over like bacon or apple slices we understand, but grass? Sure, it feels great between our toes, but caught in our teeth? No, thanks. In case you've always been curious as to why your pooch is grazing the pastures like a cow, we've compiled the three most common reasons why dogs eat grass for you below.
1. Diet Lacking In Fiber
If your dog's nutritional needs aren't being met by his diet, he'll try to accommodate for it by scavenging on his own. In this case, if he's not getting enough fiber in his food, he'll start eating grass to make up for the lack of fiber in his diet. To remedy this, switch your dog to foods with a higher fiber content. Consult with your vet before switching your pup's food, but this change will generally help your dog stop eating grass entirely.
So your dog is in the yard all by himself with tons of space, but doesn't have any physical or mental stimulation, so what does she do? Eat grass. Many times, if dogs are left alone and overcome by boredom, they will try to pass the time with whatever is most stimulating around them (same concept as when you find your shoes chewed). To change your dog's behavior of eating grass out of boredom, make sure she's well exercised and has chew toys available to her before you leave her out in the yard by herself.
There's a common misconception that dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach—this is actually true only around 10% of the time. If your dog is eating grass and it's not due to one of the first two reasons, it's very likely that your dog he's eating grass due to anxiety. Take your dog to the vet for a check up as there may be something physically bothering him, or a change in his environment that is making him anxious and stressed.