I took my 6 month old lab to my local off leash area and she was having fun playing in the river, chasing birds/rabbits, playing with other dogs that come along when all of a sudden I saw her lay down in the mud and start bucking around on the ground like she does when we play.
I ran up to her to see what was going on and noticed she was rubbing her body all over a dead bird!
I couldn't explain the behavior so I was hoping someone here could shed some light.
Totally common the more stinky the better for them....sorry
<br />Barbara, Mocha, Zeus, & Smeagol
LOL, SOOOO true! Bailey rolled all over a dead worm the other day and at least once a week she rolls in poop that a mysterious critter leaves in our yard!Originally Posted by bacatherine
Be happy she didn't bring the bird to you as a treat or play keep away - rolling in it is just half the fun! ;D
Sounds like as long as she doesn't ever roll in poo I should count my blessings.
LOL, yep...when she does, I'll be waiting for you post...that's usually the next step ;DOriginally Posted by LuckylabLizzie
She's had many opportunities to roll in dog poop over the last 4 months and she hasn't yet so I'm going to cross my fingers that she continues to do so.
I think they do that because in doing so, it masks their own odor (and identity).
Four different scenarios could lead to an evolutionary tilt to developing this:
Two rabbits (or squirrels or other prey) are talking. Monty says, "Hey, do you smell a dog nearby?" Herb says, "Yeah! Let's run for the rabbit hole!"
Two lions (or bears or other predators) are talking. Clyde says, "Hey, do you smell a dog nearby?" Herk says, "Yeah! Lets go have lunch!"
Two squirrels (or rabbits or other prey) are talking. Sebastian says, "Hey, do you smell something strange nearby?" Kyle says, "Yeah! But it's just dead bird (or horse poop) passing by. What harm could that possibly be!"
Two bears (or other predators) are talking. Mark says, "Hey, do you smell something strange nearby?" Kyle says, "Yeah! But it's just dead frog (or rabbit poop) passing by. No sense going after it; I prefer something else for my lunch!"
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
rolling in and getting stinky stuff into their fur is pretty typcial of most dogs. ;D they love it.
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend." ~ Corey Ford
In my experience, dead rotting fish is the worst. You can usually get most of the poo smell out with a good bath (definitely no fun), but that rotten fish smell just lingers even after a bath.Originally Posted by LuckylabLizzie