Why Do Dogs Roll Around After a Bath?

by Perfect Puppy Care on October 23, 2012

Rub a dub dub. Put the dog in the tub and scrub.

Let the dog out of the tub and watch the action. A lot of them will begin rolling around with a vengeance.
This type of behavior has stumped more than one human. Perhaps the main reason for that is that people feel the need to be clean when they are around their peers. Thus, we humans tend to truly lack the understanding of a species that does not feel the need to preen themselves to attract others.

Experts on canine behavior have come up with several reasons why dogs love to roll around after a bath. The behavior could be as simple as enjoying a good rub to celebrate being squeaky clean.

Or it could be that they don’t like the smell of the shampoo. While you may like the scent of lavender, your dog may hate it. Peppermint may smell clean to you; Rover may think it smells like something he wants nothing to do with.

One must keep in mind that dogs rely heavily on scents. Their sense of smell is far superior to that of a human’s. A slight hint of perfume to you probably smells like a rail car full of perfume to a dog. Therefore, the roll to get rid of what they think is a terrible odor.

Another reason that dogs like to roll after a bath is that they could be attempting to cover up their own smell. Think back to the days when dogs roamed the earth in packs. It definitely behooved them to smell like their surroundings. It made hunting and survival easier because they were able to sneak up on their prey.

The ASPCA suggests another reason that dogs love to roll around after a bath. They think that this behavior allows a dog to leave his or her mark on its surroundings. Leaving their own scent behind is a means of marking territory.

Some experts believe that dogs roll in smelly things such as the feces of other dogs or animals or dead and rotten carcasses as a way of advertising their find to the rest of the pack. Since dogs see their family as a pack, they believe they are doing you a favor by letting you know there is a rotting deer in the neighboring woodland. They are sharing the good news.

Another theory is that dogs like different odors. Just as humans use perfumes, dogs seek out other odors.
Your dog’s rolling may be due to one or more of these suggested theories. Perhaps you can think of a few reasons of your own.

One should never scold the freshly bathed dog for rolling in horrible smelling things. Although you may be furious that your hard work soon became fruitless, the dog is just doing what dogs do naturally.

Instead of yelling, concentrate on keeping bathed your dog away from things to roll on. Keep them indoors where they are less likely to find smelly things.

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