Your dog keeps on plopping down on their butt.
Like they’re imitating how we usually sit on the couch.
This could be an adorable sight.
But, if this is new and they’re doing it frequently…
This could make you wonder,
“Is this normal?”
Keep reading to learn:
- What makes your dog sit on his bum.
- If you should be concerned about this or not.
- 5 tips on what you should do if they keep on sitting like this.
- And so much more…
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Why does my dog keep sitting on his bum?
Your dog keeps sitting on his bum because they’re itchy or in pain. The itchiness might be caused by allergies. But tapeworms and fleas are also possible. While the pain can be due to bone problems. As well as anal sacs issues. Or, it could be normal behavior if they feel tired or lazy.
11 reasons why your dog keeps sitting on his bum
#1: ‘Puppy sit’
How old is your pooch?
If they’re below 1 year and still a puppy, it could be a normal thing. Especially if they’re tired after training or playing.
But you might ask, “What’s with the weird position?”
If your pooch does the ‘puppy sit,’ you may notice that their hind legs are spread out on the floor carelessly. Or sometimes, crossed.
This is why it’s also called ‘sloppy’ or ‘lazy’ sit.
At this age, puppies’ joints and bones are still flexible. So they’re able to sit in many odd ways.
But, this is usually gone as they grow older.
You may also like: Why is my puppy so lazy?
#2: They have a ‘trick knee’
A puppy who keeps on sitting ‘lazily’ might not be alarming.
But sometimes, our furry friends’ posture can also tell us about their condition.
And assuming a puppy sit could be an indicator of the luxating patella or ‘trick knee.’
“What is it?”
It means dislocated patella (or kneecap).
A healthy kneecap only moves up and down a groove when dogs bend their legs.
But in canines who have this, their kneecaps slip out of it.
Some immediately return inside the groove. While others don’t. And this can be painful and needs surgery.
This causes limping in canines. But, dogs may also keep on sitting on their bum suddenly. Particularly with one of their rear legs under.
“What may have caused this?”
The American College of Veterinary Surgeons says that it’s still unknown.
However, this condition is common in a toy or small breeds, like:
#3: They suffer from canine hip dysplasia (CHD)
Aside from the sloppy sit position, some dogs may also keep on sitting like a human.
This might be normal in some dogs. But, you should also be aware that this could be their way of alleviating hip pain.
This is often the case with canines who have hip dysplasia.
According to PetMD, it’s a condition where a dog’s hip joints become loose.
Because of this, the bones in the area rub against each other. Which causes them to deteriorate in the long run.
It’s a painful condition. So, dogs who have this may also keep sitting down abruptly while walking.
Or they can also sit or lay down while eating. As it’s difficult for them to stand still for so long.
Other signs to watch out for are:
- Sudden limping.
- Being less active.
- Difficulty in getting up.
- Reluctance to jump or climb stairs.
- ‘Bunny hopping’ (walking with both hind legs moving).
“How do dogs develop this?”
Vets say that this is hereditary. And it’s common in large and giant breeds.
In one study, German Shepherds and Retrievers were said to be the most prone breeds. Followed by Hungarian Vizslas, Great Danes, and Rottweilers.
But, factors like rapid weight gain and growth rate have a role in this too.
#4: They have osteoarthritis (OA)
Is your adult pooch sitting abruptly more than usual?
And do they also steer away from stairs and jump less on the couch?
If so, this might also be due to osteoarthritis. Or the swelling of joints.
Sitting on their bum may help relieve the discomfort around their hip or legs. This is why your dog often does this.
“But, what are its causes?”
VCA says that bone abnormalities can develop to this. Like hip dysplasia and luxating patella.
But, this also has something to do with:
- Past injuries.
- Heavy weight.
- Improper nutrition.
“What are its other symptoms?”
It’s similar to the signs of hip dysplasia. But minus the ‘bunny hopping.’
However, dogs suffering from joint pains may also:
- Groan when touched.
- Cry while being carried.
- Constantly lick themselves.
- Become aggressive to other dogs.
- Kick their rear legs all of a sudden.
#5: They have anal sacs issues
Apart from sitting down, does your dog also drag their bum across the floor?
How about a pungent fishy smell?
If your pooch shows these signs, they might have a problem with their anal sacs.
“What are those?”
Think of skunks.
They’re known for their notorious stinky spray. And that foul-smelling liquid also comes from their anal sacs.
But unlike skunks, dogs use the fluid in marking territories. And they release it while defecating.
Now, if their sacs aren’t drained completely, these will be clogged and swollen. Making it hard for canines to poop.
So, if your dog has blocked anal sacs, they’ll be in great discomfort. Which explains their scooting behavior.
You may also notice them biting or licking the base of their tail to soothe the pain.
For further reading: 15 Weird Reasons Why Dogs Scoot Their Butt On The Floor
#6: Their anal sacs have been emptied
A dog’s perineum or area around their rectum is so sensitive. As there are lots of nerves in that spot.
So, if your dogs’ anal sacs have been expressed recently…
They may find it uncomfortable, especially if it’s their first time.
But, it’s also possible that their anal sacs are drained way too often. And this resulted in irritation.
“How often should they be emptied?”
According to Dr. Chris, this should only be done when necessary.
Meaning, your dog shows symptoms that their anal sacs are full. Or if your vet suggested a regular expression.
This is because excessive draining may cause anal sacculitis. Or the swelling of the sacs.
#7: They have a newly trimmed coat
Your dog keeps sitting on their bum after grooming.
And they do this more often while walking outside.
Look at their behind.
Are there any cuts or clipper burns?
If you see none and you’re sure that their anal sacs aren’t clogged, this could be due to their new short haircut.
Yup. Some dogs may also act weird after getting their fur trimmed.
It’s a new sensation to them. Plus, other canines might not do well in low temperatures.
So they’ll feel cold and uncomfortable.
Note: Their uneasiness can last a week. So, also try putting a sweater on your dog. Especially before walks to make them feel comfier and warmer.
#8: They have an itchy bum
If this behavior suddenly showed up after grooming, this could be another reason for it.
Particularly if they’re also scooting.
Your dog might be itchy in their rear end. And this can be due to an allergic reaction to shampoo. Or other grooming products.
This is an example of contact dermatitis. And just like its name, this type of allergy happens when dogs have contact with an allergen.
Flea allergy dermatitis, a.k.a. FAD, is also possible.
This is a common cause of itchiness in dogs based on vets.
“What causes this?”
Fleas have a certain protein in their saliva. So when they bite, the area will become so itchy.
And just one bite may also make some canines itch for many days.
This is more likely if they have discomfort in their rear end. As it’s the area where signs of FAD will appear in a dog’s body.
But, does your dog also vomit and have loose stools?
If yes, this could be a result of a food allergy.
Experts say that the common culprits for this are:
- Dairy products.
#9: They have tapeworms
Does your pooch keep on sitting down after pooping?
Because it could also be that they have tapeworms in their body.
These are flat parasites that dwell inside a dog’s gut. And canines can get this from ingesting an infected flea. (Omg!)
But, you might wonder, “Why is this linked to my dog’s sitting problem?”
It’s because when tapeworms mature, their segments will fall off.
These will mix in your dog’s stools. So if they’re infested, you’ll notice some white matter in their poop.
These segments may also be left around your dog’s bum. And they can bring discomfort to your Fido.
#10: They’re tired
Does this behavior often happen during walks or playtime?
If so, it might be because your dog has run out of gas.
They’re exhausted and want to pause for a while.
However, if they keep on doing this…
The walk or play may be too long for their age, breed, and size.
Most working dogs need 2 hours of exercise a day. While 30 minutes will suffice for toy breeds. And it’s 1 hour for small to giant dogs.
Warning: Also, watch for signs of overheating. Such as shortness of breath, stumbling, and drooling. As first aid, put them somewhere cold. Place a chilled wet towel on their neck and armpits. Then, bring them to the clinic.
#11: They feel lazy
“I’m not in the mood right now, hooman.”
Lastly, this might also be due to your dog’s laziness. Or we can just say, ‘low energy level.’
Some breeds are naturally like this most of the time.
And they’ll prefer to sit down on their bum or just lie down than doing physical activities.
Some of the known couch potato dogs are:
- Chow Chows.
- Basset Hounds.
- French Bulldogs.
These breeds are usually less active. Unlike Border Collies, German Shepherds, and Corgis.
(Well, they aren’t called herding dogs for nothing!)
But, this still varies per dog based on their personalities.
5 tips on what to do when your dog keeps sitting on his bum
#1: Soothe their inflamed anal sacs
Blocked anal sacs can be emptied manually by a vet or an experienced groomer.
However, you may still help your pooch while at home.
First, by giving them food rich in fiber, like:
- Green beans.
You may start by adding 1 tsp (4 g) of this to each of your dog’s meals every day.
Then, see if there are changes in their stools’ consistency. And adjust (add or reduce the serving) based on your observation.
“How can this help?”
I said earlier that dogs’ anal sacs are drained naturally while doing number 2, right?
But, if their stool isn’t firm enough, this may create less pressure. Which prevents them from expressing their sacs fully.
So, bulking their poop might help push the fluids out on their own.
Lastly, you can also apply a warm compress over their rear end
Do this to relieve the swelling in the area.
Grab a piece of clean cloth. Submerge it in warm water. Then take it out and see to it that it’s cool enough before you pat it on your dog’s bum.
Apply this for 5 minutes and repeat the process twice every day.
Warning: Clogged anal sacs are also prone to infection. It can progress to an abscess. And to drain this, you’ll need to see a vet. Then, antibiotics and medications to lessen swelling will also be given.
#2: Check for possible bone issues and manage it
Now, if your pooch shows signs of lameness or limping, a trip to the clinic would be the best option.
They could be in pain. And you don’t want your furry buddy to suffer any longer.
But, aside from checkups and medications, there are other things you should do for your dog’s comfort.
What are those?
Check out the following:
For luxating patella
Avoid demanding physical activities. These include chasing, running, and jumping.
Exercise your dog. Take them out for walks daily. And do this for at least 5 minutes twice or thrice a day. While providing plenty of breaks.
Keep them at an ideal weight. This is not to add extra stress to their joints. The standard will vary per breed and age. But to know the right weight for your dog, try this tool.
Reduce their weight. This is to reduce pressure on their hips and joints.
Apply warm compress on the affected parts. Do this twice for around 15 minutes every day. To somehow alleviate their pain.
Avoid hard surfaces. While walking, steer clear from hard concrete pavements. As these are tough on their joints and bones.
Note: Hip dysplasia is highly inherited. But, if you have a large dog who’s prone to this, you can lessen their risk and delay the signs.
By keeping them at a healthy weight. And by not giving them too much calcium.
As experts say that high calcium intake is one of its possible causes in dogs.
Apart from exercise and weight management:
- Give them an orthopedic bed. Like this one.
- Lay carpets on slippery flooring. This is to provide enough traction and help your dog walk with ease.
- Trim their nails and paw fur regularly. Doing this will also help them to move around without slipping or falling.
- Keep their bedding away near doors or windows. These are places where cold drafts usually pass through. And joint pains intensify at cool temperatures.
- Put ramps or steps. This is if your dog has to climb stairs, couches, cars, or beds. So that you won’t have to lift them at all times. And they can do this by themselves.
#3: Treat their itchy bum
A dog who keeps on sitting down may have trouble with their rear end. And they might also scoot to scratch the itch away.
If you suspect them of having a food allergy, give them a bland diet instead.
Provide meals with protein and carbs without any seasonings. Like plain boiled chicken, fish, white rice, or potatoes.
After calming their tummies, you also need to soothe their irritated skin.
For this, you may consider giving any of these to your dog:
- Oatmeal bath.
- Calendula rinse or rub.
- Baking soda topical paste.
- Fish oil – vets say that this is effective for dry, flaky skin, joint pains, and allergies.
The recommended dosage of fish oil for dogs is 0.002 to 0.008 oz (50 to 220 mg) per kg of their body weight.
But to be sure, consult your vet first.
Wanna know more about these remedies?
Read this article next: 17 Best Home Remedies For Dog Scooting (Itchy Bum)
#4: Eliminate tapeworms
An itchy bottom might also be due to nasty tapeworms.
You can bring your dog to the clinic for deworming. Or buy an over-the-counter drug like Praziquantel.
The dose depends on your Fido’s weight. And it’s important to get it right to avoid overdose.
If you opt to give this at home, you may call your vet first for your dog’s safety.
However, specialists warn parents of these possible side effects:
- Reduce appetite.
“Are there other ways to get rid of tapeworms?”
Well, luckily, yup!
And you won’t need any medications.
So, give your dog 2 slices of this every day. And stick with this amount as too much may upset their stomach.
But for pumpkin seeds, follow these steps:
- Blend or grind them until they’re a fine powder.
- Put 1/4 tsp (0.05 g) of this per 10 lb (4.54 kg) of their weight to their meals.
- Do this once a day. And continue until they fully eliminate the worms out of their body.
#5: Get rid of annoying fleas
Lastly, if there are worms, there could also be fleas around, which might have caused this problem.
To remove these:
- Clean your house. This includes your dog’s bedding and areas where they usually stay. And also your carpets, sheets, couch, and covers. Fleas can be anywhere, so disinfect your whole area.
- Bathe your dog. Do this by using a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Avoid flea treatments if your dog’s been itching for days. As there could be open wounds that’ll be irritated.
- Brush their fur. After a refreshing bath, run a flea comb through their hair. This will help get rid of fleas and their dirt.
- Finish off fleas. Avoid squeezing them down as they’re hard and could easily escape. Instead, catch and put them in hot water. Or in a soapy solution.
Spray a flea-repellent solution. This can be done by spraying a water-vinegar solution (with a 1:1 ratio) on their fur. But avoid putting this on rashes and wounds.