Why Do Dogs Roll In Dead Animals?


Have you ever come dashing up to your dog after they've been rolling around in the grass, only to discover that they smell like roadkill?

Even though it is disgusting, many dogs enjoy rolling about on dead animals.

There are various hypotheses as to why dogs roll in repulsive substances such as excrement or dead animals:

To Mask Their Own Odor

The most widely accepted hypothesis holds that dogs, like their wolf predecessors, roll about in a strong fragrance like a dead animal to hide their own scent. This allows them to more easily sneak up on their prey.

It's unclear whether your dog understands why they're acting this way. They could be acting on entrenched reflexes passed down from their ancestors, with no aim of hunting prey.

Displaying To Other Dogs

Another explanation is that they want other dogs to smell the scent on them in order to demonstrate that they have discovered prey. Or it could be a habit to alert their "pack" that there is tasty prey nearby so that they can all go seek it out together. The wolf ancestors of dogs sought food together.

They Leave Their Own Scent

Dogs do not only leave their own aroma in their urine or excrement. They also accomplish it by rubbing against or on objects, such as dead animals. When they leave their scent on something, other dogs know it's their property or territory. They're claiming this animal carcass to keep other dogs from stealing it.

They Enjoy The Smell

Dogs can be attracted to odors that humans find repulsive. Their primary sense is smell, and the stronger the smell of anything, the more they adore it! Because they are delighted about the overwhelming odor, your dog may be rolling around on a dead animal, garbage, or waste.

How Can You Prevent Your Dog From Rolling Over Dead Animals?

There are a few things you can do to keep your dog from rolling on dead animals:

  • Train your dog to walk on a leash. You may need to keep your dog on a leash or on a shorter leash so they don't roll in dead animals, poop, or garbage.
  • Put up a fence in your yard. If your yard is walled in, your dog can run about freely without you having to worry about them rolling in roadkill. Just make sure to inspect your yard carefully for any odorous hazards, toxic plants, or animals. Also, always wipe up excrement as soon as possible so your dog isn't tempted to roll in it.
  • Work on your recall. The greater your dog's recall (returning when called), the easier it will be to prevent them from rolling in a dead animal or other undesirable items. When teaching your dog new tricks, cues, and proper behaviors, use positive reinforcement training (PRT).

How Do You Remove The Smell of a Dead Animal From Your Dog's Fur?

The most crucial thing to do is to immediately bathe your dog! You may even try rinsing them off outside first. Use Dawn dish soap as a shampoo if you have it.

If your pet frequently rolls in filth, stock up on dog-safe shampoos such as Burt's Bees Oatmeal Shampoo, Buddy Wash Original Lavender & Mint Dog Shampoo & Conditioner, and Zesty Paws Itch Soother Dog Shampoo.

It may take several washing to completely eradicate the odor from your dog. Bathing your dog too frequently, on the other hand, can be detrimental to their skin and coat. They require time to replenish their natural oils.

You may also use baking soda as a dry shampoo on your dog in between bathing to gradually erase that foul odor. Allow the baking soda to remain on your dog's fur for five minutes before brushing it out. If any baking soda remains, allow them to shake it out or wipe it away with a dry towel.

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