Ok, so when I was a little kid my mum used to say to me: “don’t scoot along the floor like that, you look like a stray dog with worms”. This was dismissed as yet another weird expression of my mother’s (she has many). Fast forward twenty odd years and I am living on my own and decide to get a dog; a “companion” animal to share my life with. I settle on a “Pugalier” (Pug x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and adorable little Taj comes home with me. Whilst we’ve navigated all of the treacherous waters of puppyhood more-or-less successfully (some corners of my couch will never quite be the same after he chewed on them), there is something Taj has recently started doing that has reminded me of my mother’s childhood admonition. Because countless times I have walked into my living area to find Taj “bum-dragging” across my prized shag pile carpet. Needless to say, this is gross and, whilst I understand the appeal of the shag pile for itchy nether regions, not something I want to tolerate or encourage. So. Experienced dog people out there: why do dogs drag their butt across the floor (particularly carpet!)?