Why does my dog love to roll in poop?

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Both of my dogs, when we’re on a hike, and happen to find a warm, soft, nasty pile of poo, they insist on diving in and rolling in it as much as possible. Needless to say it takes quiet the scrub down to get them clean later in the day and puts a damper on the hike.

My only solution is to be vigilant and make sure there are no poops nearby but that’s difficult when they’re off leash and go exploring. Is anyone else experiencing this? Why do dogs love to roll in warm feces so much?

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Alex Schenker (Admin)
Unfortunately for the humans, dogs rolling in poop is actually quite common. Why do they do this? Back in the wolf pack days, this could have been used to mask their own scent during a hunt so their prey couldn’t smell them coming. Today, your pup may simply not like the smell of the shampoo that you used on her last bath! She will promptly seek out a nice smelly pile of poo which she considers a more pleasant perfume for herself.

You could train her that this is not accepted behavior, but make sure, as with any training, that your signal comes immediately after her behavior, so she doesn’t mistake it with something else. In this case, you could spray her with a bit of water if you catch her rolling, immediately after she rolls (dogs don’t like that!). You can also be vigilant in your own yard and keep poops picked up, in case they’re rolling in each other’s poo.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

You’re not alone, that’s for sure. Anyone else out there have dogs diving into unpleasant stuff?

Alex Schenker (Admin)
Unfortunately for the humans, dogs rolling in poop is actually quite common. Why do they do this? Back in the wolf pack days, this could have been used to mask their own scent during a hunt so their prey couldn’t smell them coming. Today, your pup may simply not like the smell of the shampoo that you used on her last bath! She will promptly seek out a nice smelly pile of poo which she considers a more pleasant perfume for herself.

You could train her that this is not accepted behavior, but make sure, as with any training, that your signal comes immediately after her behavior, so she doesn’t mistake it with something else. In this case, you could spray her with a bit of water if you catch her rolling, immediately after she rolls (dogs don’t like that!). You can also be vigilant in your own yard and keep poops picked up, in case they’re rolling in each other’s poo.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

You’re not alone, that’s for sure. Anyone else out there have dogs diving into unpleasant stuff?

Alex Schenker (Admin)
Unfortunately for the humans, dogs rolling in poop is actually quite common. Why do they do this? Back in the wolf pack days, this could have been used to mask their own scent during a hunt so their prey couldn’t smell them coming. Today, your pup may simply not like the smell of the shampoo that you used on her last bath! She will promptly seek out a nice smelly pile of poo which she considers a more pleasant perfume for herself.

You could train her that this is not accepted behavior, but make sure, as with any training, that your signal comes immediately after her behavior, so she doesn’t mistake it with something else. In this case, you could spray her with a bit of water if you catch her rolling, immediately after she rolls (dogs don’t like that!). You can also be vigilant in your own yard and keep poops picked up, in case they’re rolling in each other’s poo.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

You’re not alone, that’s for sure. Anyone else out there have dogs diving into unpleasant stuff?