why do dogs roll in poo!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by purr, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    I brought my 7lb poodle mix out to take care of the chickens (trying to teach her to herd them) and she rolled in fresh duck poo! after 2 baths and I gave her a candy cane for her breath, I don't know what else I can do.
    What's the worst thing your dog has rolled in? And how did you get the smell out?
  2. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Dogs have different standards than we do. My dog rolled in a dead raccoon he found one time, and was so obviously so pleased with himself! He must have smelled wonderful to himself.

    I have read they roll in things to disguise their own scent and whatnot, but don't really put much stock in it. I think they are just enjoying themselves in a very doggy way that we humans fail to appreciate.

    There was recently a recipe on here for a dog wash that would take skunk odor out. Maybe search for skunk and you'll find it. It had hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in it.

    Good luck!
  3. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
  4. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    They do it to mask their scent from predators. It is an instinct people have a hard time relating to. Also, did you say you gave her a candy cane? That is terrible for dogs. You might want to invest in raw meaty bones. [​IMG]
  5. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Maybe she liked it so much she wanted to savor the aroma even after the meal was over. [​IMG] I don't know all the reasons they may do that but mine have rolled in some very gross-to-humans things.
  6. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    Quote:thank you for the link Brindle, I'll try that the puppy shampoo just didn't work at all.
    I was trying to get her breath a little minty instead of duck pooey,cause she had to eat some as well. It was just a piece the size of my pinky nail.lol
  7. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    They mask their scent from their prey by rolling in foul things... to blend in better with their environment. I've read it over and over. I have no reason to argue with it. [​IMG] It is what it is. [​IMG]

    I had a Jug (Jack Russel/Pug) that would roll in stink spots in the backyard AS SOON as I let her out after having had a bath! [​IMG] It wasn't poo she rolled in, but a smelly plant, root, spot...I couldn't identify it, but it smelled like death! [​IMG] (Not unlike Brindles dog rolling in dead racoon!) My thought is, if I was "prey", would I not be aware of the smell of DEATH nearby, therefore RUN for the hills?

    I guess until we can speak dog, we may never understand! Like, why did my Jug eat my other dog's poo? I can't fathom that it tastes good. Now I've gone and gagged myself.
  8. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    It's 'poofume' [​IMG]
    Dead armadillo is bad.
    There is a horse shampoo that has iodine in it, it does a good job.
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I bet our perfume an calone smells pretty bad to them too.
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Or those of us who wear no perfume or cologne. There are some very smelly humans out there.[​IMG]

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