why do dogs roll around in their own/other dogs feces?

Asked by Member 803329 on Feb 11th 2009 in Behavior & Training
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The reason for dogs rolling in feces or something else smelly has instinctive roots, perhaps going back to wolves. I don't think anyone really knows for sure. There are several theories on why a dog will roll in something smelly.

One theory is that dogs are attempting to mask their own scent.
Another theory is that rolling in feces or a dead animal’s remains is a way for a dog to communicate that he’s found something interesting.
A third theory is set forth in the book The Truth About Dogs, by Stephen Budiansky. The dog may not be trying to absorb the scent; instead he may be trying to impart his own scent onto the object of his interest, for the same reason that a dog may urinate on a tree.

Who knows?

*Cover up perfume?
*Mask own scent for hunting?
*Advertise to the pack?
*Calling card?
*To get attention?

Tiggles (CGC, SILIF) IN LOVING answered on 2/11/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer