Why does my dog roll in anything that has a smell?
My chihuahua loves to roll in weird things. My other dog will roll in poo and dead animals, normal things (for dogs), and he rolls in toothpaste, carpet cleaner, orange juice, etc. - anything that's on the floor that has a scent - but doesn't roll in "natural" things. I've never heard of a dog doing this. It's not really a problem, I'm just wondering why he does this when most dogs roll in dead things and poo.
on Jul 9th 2009
in Other Behavior & Training
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they roll in stuff to cover up there own smell and to doggs all dat stuff smelz GOOD!!
Gypsi Rose answered on 7/9/09. Helpful? / 0
Some dogs do it to itch their backs, but the more likely thing is he probably just wants to play.
My dogs roll on her back alot and every time she does it she wants to play.
hope i helped
Dixie answered on 7/9/09. Helpful? / 0
You know those sprays and plug-ins you use to make the house smell fresh? Your dog is not impressed. If your dog were choosing a scent to make the house smell perfect, she might pick Old Dead Squirrel or Pile o' Cat Poop.
If it makes you feel better I do have a chihuahua who also rolls on anything weird he can find. He rolls on that carpet fresh powder the second I put it down. He sees the container and comes running like its a treat box. I think its their normal reaction to rubbing in something that smells good to them. So maybe those are things that smell good to your chihuahua. Yes poop smells bad to us, but to a dog...it may smell awesome like those cleaners do to us...and obviously our chihuahuas hehehe My dog rolled on a dead bird once and then brought it in the house and rubbed it on the couch...and sat there sniffing that spot after I took the bird away. Dogs are all different...but you should be happy, he likes to help you clean the floors up!!! :o)
Sandy answered on 7/10/09. Helpful? / 1
Dogs evolved from wolves over 15,000 years ago, and their DNA make up is almost identical. Many innate behaviors, like 'rolling.' relate to skills that were necessary for hunting.
Your dog's instinct is to mask his own scent with the odor of the environment so he won't be detected by his prey. Some behaviorists state that dogs roll in things to communicate what they have found to other dogs and to mark the territory with their own smell.
My Chihuahau does this as well.
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 that the dog may not be trying to absorb the scent; instead she may be trying to impart her own scent onto the object of her interest, for the same reason that a dog may urinate on a tree.
*Cover up perfume
*Mask own scent for hunting
*Advertise to the pack
*To get attention
Tiggles (CGC, SILIF) answered on 3/10/11. Helpful? / 1