Why does my dog rub his face on his bowl before he eats
Bella has this strange ritual every time before she will eat. She will smell her food then rub her face on the bowl or the floor in front of her food....then stick her nose back to her food and start the ritual all over again.
She does this for several minutes before she will eat her food.
Sometimes she will push her bowl with all the other ritual.
Why does she do this?
Well, dogs can display all sorts of odd behaviors at times, and it's not always possible to tell exactly why they do these things.
Just like people, dogs can develop ocd (obsessive compulsive disorder) habits. Things such as obsessive licking (of people or themselves), tail chasing and so on, fall under this category.
Other unusual behaviors can include digging in their food bowl, tipping the bowl over, carrying around rocks etc. are all pretty typical.
Some of them, such as the digging in the bowl, seem to have roots in wild wolf behavior, others are unexplainable.
As long as a habit isn't causing your dog (or you!) too much stress or injuring the dog in any way, I wouldn't worry too much about it. She may work it out of her system, or it may be a 'quirk' that you (and she) just learn to live with.
If it gets to the point where this is concerning you a lot, or it is causing her distress or injury (rubbing a sore spot on her nose etc.), then I would recommend that you talk to your vet about it.
Best of luck!