Anal glands are situated on either side of the anus and are scenting glands. These can be externally emptied if they have become blocked or are uncomfortable for your dog. We do not routinely empty these glands as we feel if there is no problem with them, they should be left alone. If your dog is having a problem, they will be scooting their bottom along the floor or you may notice a particularly offensive smell around the rear of your dog. (if this is the case please consult your veterinary surgeon).