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Why do dogs sneeze when they are on their backs?

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why do dogs sneeze when they are on their backs?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.
A sneeze can have more than one purpose in a dog.
There is the typical sneeze to clear the nose of a drip or irritation and then there is the social use of the sneeze. Its used as a 'calming signal' to indicate the dog takes no offence or means no harm.
You can read about calming signals here
Hope this helps you!