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How do I get my dog to stop rolling in poop?
- Pick up after your dog. Go on potty breaks with him and pick up any of his poop with a pooper scooper or poop bags.
- Keep your dog on a short leash.
- Distract your dog as soon as he starts rolling.
- Teach him the “leave it” command.
Why do dogs roll in stinky poop? Many believe it’s instinctual behavior, harkening back to the days when your dog’s wild ancestors would mask their scent to help them sneak up on their prey. Wolves, for example, have been observed rolling in animal carcasses or the droppings of plant-eating animals, to cover up their own smell during the hunt.
Why do dogs roll in things they like? As mentioned by the AKC, dogs do roll around to get their scent on things, or to transfer a scent to themselves. If your dog is rolling around on their toy, they may be doing so as a way to mark that toy as their own.
Do dogs roll in poop? It is extremely common, and most dogs usually indulge in this behavior at the most inconvenient times—right after a bath, just before company is coming, or as you’re on your way out the door. It is not only common, but also normal. Even wild dogs such as wolves and foxes roll in fecal matter of other animals.