Why Is My Beagle Dragging His Butt Across The Floor?

beagle dragging his butt across the floor

Hi, thanks for visiting the blog today. You may find the sight of your Beagle dragging his butt across the floor funny, or cringe-worthy ( if your dog happens to perform this socially unacceptable behavior in front of your dinner guests.)

While your first instinct may be to admonish your puppy, there are good reasons for dogs scooting behavior. And it's not to embarrass you in front of your visitors.

Your Beagles butt is itching, and he's 'scooting' in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort. There are many things that can cause an itchy rear end, but infected or impacted anal glands are the usual culprits.

Almost all dogs have experienced pain, itching or discomfort in the backside at some point in their lives. It’s a common problem that’s usually easy to fix.

If your little associate is scooting (dragging his butt across the floor) or persistently licking at the anal area, or if it in any way appears to be uncomfortable or distressed, its time to visit your vet.

Why Is Your Beagle Dragging His Butt Across the floor?

If you have a Beagle dragging his butt across the floor its important to know what the real root of the problem is and how to fix it.

Impacted Anal Glands

beagle dragging his butt across

Dogs have glands around the anus that secrete a substance whenever they poop.

These leave its personal smell in each place where they do their business. It’s like a lingering mark that indicates a particular dog was there. The liquid from the anal glands of every dog has a defining smell, like a fingerprint, that makes it possible for dogs to identify others of the same species.

This liquid also serves to lubricate the anus and to allow the feces to pass without any difficulty for the dog. When these sacs become impacted, the fluid is not able to release. This is normally accompanied by a foul odor and some discharge and can lead to abscesses and infections that begin to both hurt and itch.

Emptying these sacs is a simple process and can be done by your vet or a groomer. If there's an infection the dog will need a round of antibiotics.


Some dogs suffer serious itching because of the worm infestation an d this causes them to scoot. Your dog should take a monthly parasite preventative that prevents heart worms and most types of worms.

Tapeworms often cause itch-related scooting. Tapeworms occur when canines swallow infested fleas. You will be able to see these worms in your dog's poop or around his anus if he’s infected. Thankfully, these irritating critters can be eradicated with medication.

Tapeworms go together with flea infestation so be careful, particularly in summer, to use an effective flea deterrent.

Matted Hair

This is definitely the cause for your Beagle dragging his butt across the floor that’s easiest to cure.

If your dog has had a recent bowel movement, there may be some leftover poop matting the hairs on his rear end causing itching or pulling.

As long as this hasn’t led to an infection, treatment will be as easy as trimming away some dirty hair. (take care not to cut the skin). After that, just clean him up with warm, soapy water. 

beagle dragging his butt across the floor

Beagle Dragging His Butt Across The Floor


Allergic reactions to flea bites, food, or substances in his environment can cause your dog to itch all over. Excessive licking, shaking his head and scratching combined with a yeasty odor, along with scooting, are indications your dog may be intolerant of some ingredient in his food.

If you’re not sure why your dog is itchy, it could be a temporary problem caused by excessive dirt or dry skin. Tea tree shampoo eliminates bacteria and fungus and can relieve inflammation caused by allergic reactions.

You can wash your dog any time they feel itchy, though it’s best to bathe them no more than 2 times per week, as over-bathing can dry out their skin and worsen the itch.

An allergy test from your veterinarian can help you choose a food that your dog can tolerate.

Rectal Prolapse

Rectal prolapse can happen to your dog from straining with severe constipation or after chronic diarrhea. If you find there’s an elongated, cylinder-shaped mass sticking out of your dog's bottom, call the vet right away.

After replacing the prolapse, your vet may suggest:

  • Stitching your dog's anus partially closed to prevent prolapse from reoccurring
  • A moist diet or a stool softener to reduce the straining.
  • Surgery only if the prolapse has to be repaired.

Have you ever had a problem with your Beagle dragging his butt across the floor? Share with us in the comment section below this article. Thank You!

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