Your dachshund’s morning lawn-nibbling may be equivalent to your cup of joe.
Anyone who owns a dachshund has probably watched him eat grass in the morning and wondered, “Why is he doing that?” Don’t worry: Nothing is amiss with your lawn-munching pooch.
Your dachshund is in the company of all other breeds everywhere when it comes to yard-noshing. Theories abound as to why dogs eat grass. Many generations of dog lovers have noted the tendency of our pups to hurl all that tasty grass right back up so, not surprisingly, the most popular theory is that dogs eat grass to induce vomiting.
Some enterprising dog observers have even studied patterns of gastroesophageal inflammation (upset tummy and sore throat) and correlated them with bouts of grass-horking. Other scientifically-minded pooch lovers have determined their doggies usually eat grass in the morning, and associate this with a nocturnal buildup of bile that must be relieved. A competing consensus is that doggies with grass addictions are desperately trying to relieve malnutrition.
The Shocking Conclusion
In 2007, some animal science and psychology researchers in Australia set out to answer this age-old question once and for all. They meticulously recorded the details of 709 grass-eating sessions among 12 mixed-breed dogs. After careful analysis, they reached these conclusions: dogs eat more grass in the morning than any other time of day or night; dogs sometimes vomit after eating grass, but other times, they don’t; all dogs eat grass; this is normal; and dogs usually eat grass when they’re hungry. Based on this scientific research, it is probably safe to conclude that your dachshund eats grass in the morning because he likes the taste.
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