Why do dogs like to wallow in dirt, feces and carrion?

It seems that this simply cannot be avoided, and puts the owners in an awkward situation of cleaning the feces and dirt from the pet’s hair.

We researched why dogs do it and how it is easiest to get rid of unpleasant odors after that act.

Even today, veterinarians cannot confirm with certainty what exactly it is, but there are several assumptions.

According to veterinarian Justin Cates, dogs have a completely different sense of smell than humans, so they like different smells than us. Their sense of smell is thirty times stronger than ours, and since we are talking about two completely different mammals, the sense of smell is also different.

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If the dog likes a certain smell during the walk, he will try to cover the whole with it, even if it was the feces of another dog or the carcasses of other animals that can be found on the street, such as a bird or a mole.

This often happens right after bathing, especially if it is treated with a shampoo that is not intended for dogs, but for people, which according to this theory would mean that the means by which the owners bathe it does not suit them at all.

That is why it is especially important to bathe your dog exclusively with a shampoo that is intended for dogs.

Others are of the opinion that this is a remnant of the hunting instinct that changed during evolution, but remained present to a certain extent. Thus, by rubbing in the dirt, dogs try to cover their own smell so that other animals, for which they would potentially go hunting, would not be able to immediately recognize them as predators.

The third theory, which most veterinarians believe in, is simply about marking the territory and signaling to other dogs.

As wolves are further ancestors of dogs, it is believed that they inherited it from them. Namely, wolves, when encountering dead prey or unknown odors, first sniff, and then roll in it, especially the part of the body around the head. When returning to the pack, he is informed by other wolves where he was and in some way informs about his valuable find and in that way encourages hunting and raises his image in the pack.

Surely during the walk, you noticed that after the dog rolled in unpleasant smells, other dogs approached him and started sniffing him. Covered with new scents, it becomes very interesting to them and encourages others to look for the source of the same fragrance.

This situation is often unavoidable during the walk, and upon returning from the walk, the dog owner is waiting for a not at all pleasant cleaning process. Here’s how you can do it as quickly and easily as possible, while easing the pain for yourself and your dog.

Before reaching for water and shampoo, be sure to brush your dog well. This way you will be sure that the dirt or the remains of the carcass, like the wings of a bird, have not penetrated deep into the fur. Only after that, bathe the dog, taking care to use only shampoos that are intended for dog hair. Shampoos for human use should be avoided because their ingredients are too aggressive for dog hair and skin.

It is believed that dogs are interested in scents that are extremely repulsive to us humans.

Experts working in dog care salons recommend that lemon zest be added to extremely strong odors in the bath or basin where you bathe your dog. Namely, it will take care of removing any fat from the hair, and at the same time it will not be aggressive to the hair.

You should keep in mind that reading this work will not be finished quickly. So be patient and don’t give the dog a feeling of nervousness. After bathing, dry it well with a towel and do not let it out until it dries well.

Namely, wet hair can very easily attract new dirt and unpleasant odors, so you will have to start all over again.


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