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WHY!!! Do dogs enjoy rolling in/over/on DEAD animals?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by 2468Chickensrgr8, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    My Golden Retriever caught a mouse two days ago and the MOUSECYCLE is still around outside ...he has loved it to death !! and today he is rolling on it....
    Meanwhile my black Lab is trying her darnest to bring it in the house to try and hide it ....ahhhh!!!
    I know I have to get it away from them so i can throw it in the garbage....but I was wondering if anyone knows why they take such great pride in rollin' in dead animals.....thank God its winter !!!

    Years ago our old black lab rolled in a dead ground hog at my in laws farm in the middle of my daughters outdoor Christining celebration....well he brought it to the party to show everyone and was very proud of himself....hubby had to change out of his suit to wash him with the hose because he stunk !!! ...we laugh at it now !!
  2. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    It's a wolf thing. Rolling in dead animals disguises their scent when hunting.
  3. Dogs roll in stinky things for many reasons...most likely to cover up their own scent with the "perfume" of dead things...our WORST was when Cash found a VERY dead pile of fish guts and it was about 110 degrees outside. Of course, we were MILES from home and he had to get back in the car! [​IMG]
  4. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    ...because they're dopes... [​IMG]
  5. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    My question is why are they friendlier after they've rolled in something gross? [​IMG]
  6. but of course!
  7. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Of course our dogs probably wonder why we enjoy stepping in chicken poop.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Because LIVE animals don't smell bad enough or stay still long enough, silly! [​IMG]

  9. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ha Ha ha !!

    Well i am so happy its not summer ...I'm tellin' you !!!

    I dont have to worry about chicken poop ! that's the first place they run to !!!
    then the rabbit hutch and then the pasture !!! and today he carried the mousecycle everywhere with him....roll on the mouse eat some poo roll on the mouse eat some poo.....ah Gee....
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Quote:This is why they eat pooh, too.

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