Your dog is off leash in the park or in the backyard- romping and playing – having so much fun. You’re feeling joyful watching her and then, she sniffs something and next thing you know, her shoulder is angled down to the ground and oh no, not that – she’s rolling in something! You dash over, snap the leash back on, drag him away and see that he’s got a big brownish, sticky stain on his fur and yep – smells to high heaven. Not again!
There are a number of theory’s as to why dogs roll in smelly, gross things. In this episode of Raising Your Paws podcast, I’ll tell you one of the latest.
Full Show Notes for Episode 33 – Raising Your Paws Podcast.
Title: A Very Human-like Reason Why Dogs Like to Roll in Smelly Filth & A Guilt-free Strategy for Meeting Other Dogs on Walks.
Cats have exceptional noses just like dogs do, and smelling and being smelled is an important part of their social life. They also have a smelling superpower function and I’ll tell you how you’ll know your cat has turned it on.
Then, continuing my conversation with dog trainer, Katie-K-9, you’ll get practical advice about:
How retractable leashes can cause more problems than the “freedom to roam” benefit.
A simple and reassuring thing to do with your dog if meeting unfamiliar dogs on walks does not always go so well.
The best way for you to personally, greet an unfamiliar dog so you don’t get bit.
Plus, did your dog roll in stinky dead remains again? I offer two explanations from the world of animal behavioral science for why dogs delight in doing this.
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Resources for the Episode:
Source for story about your cat’s nose. “What Your Cat Knows” by Sally Morgan.
Source for story about dogs rolling in smelly things. “The Secret Lives of Dogs,” by Jana Murphy and the Editors of “Pets part of the Family.”