So, your pup has suddenly started dragging his rear across the carpet, something you've never seen him do before. If he only does it once or twice, the cause may be nothing more than an itch. But, on the other hand, if he starts doing the butt scootin' boogie on a frequent basis, you may be in for a treat. This and other signs, like constantly chewing on his rear end or tail, are indications the time has come for you to empty your pup's anal glands.
These glands or sacs contain a fluid that carries your pup's scent and is mixed with his poop as your dog eliminates. While this should happen when your dog poops, there are times when these glands fail to release and become overfull of the liquid. When this happens, you may need to help your dog by manually releasing some of the fluid.
From your dog's point of view, the only time he thinks about his anal glands is when they are full and not doing their job, have become impacted, or infected. In all of these cases, your dog is likely to experience some form of discomfort ranging in severity from a minor itch to severe pain. The best way for you to notice this is when he starts dragging his bum across the floor.
While this task does require a gentle touch, plenty of patience, and in many cases a strong ability to resist foul odors, anyone can learn to do it. Not all dogs suffer from this condition and even in those it does occur, it does not occur frequently. During bath time is the perfect time to take care of this problem as you can rinse any leftover mess down the drain. If you are hesitant to perform this task or if your dog shows signs of injury or infection, make a call to your trusted vet.