Why Does My Dog Roll in Grass?

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Why Does My Dog Roll in Grass?My dog rolls in Grass, Why?

Ever notice a dog rolling in grass and ask yourself – WHY? Much like when answering “why do dogs eat grass,” most experts believe there are several possible reasons as to why dogs like rolling in the grass

No doubt your dog smells like a rose after getting a nice bath. To us humans, the artificial fragrance of pet shampoo is a breath of fresh air compared to the usual smell of “dog.” We’ve made it our mission to remove all traces of wolf ancestry from our beloved canine companions. But the fact remains that dogs still feel that ancient connection to Canis lupus and long to be “real wolves.” There is probably nothing more frustrating to a dog than to have its beautiful wolf scent replaced with the most disgusting aroma of flowers or vanilla.

There is no single expert conclusion as to why dogs do this. Some believe it traces back to a hunting instinct whereby rolling in dead things, feces, and rotting organic matter masks their scent and allows them to sneak up on prey completely undetected

Others believe it is a canine way to impress other canines. These aromas may not be attractive to us, but when dogs get a whiff of a “perfumed” friend, he or she will be instantly popular.

Some experts said that dogs do this for attention because the moment they start rolling around, their people have an instantaneous reaction. Honestly, I don’t think this is the case. Having seen many dogs roll around in ecstasy on the most disgusting things, I am pretty sure they don’t want me to come over and stop them.

Regardless of the reason for this behavior, you want it to stop. Since this seems to only occur after bath time (and this is lucky for you), take your dog out on a long training leash. The moment your dog begins to drop a shoulder to get into a roll, start reeling her in and tell her to “Come.” Give her a treat and reward her when she does, even if it results from a lot of reeling in on your part. Have someone else go out to the place in your yard where the “item” was and get rid of it right away. Then let your dog run around again. Repeat as necessary.

You might also consider using a shampoo that is fragrance free. You’ll find products like these near shampoos and conditioners that are designed for dogs with sensitive skin. Remember, for a dog, fragrances in soaps are just as disgusting to it as the odor of rotting, dead things are to us.  fragrance-free shampoos are better for your dog anyway. Highly perfumed products tend to be very harsh and can lead to itchy skin.

If the main point of letting your dog outside after a bath is to get her dry, you might want to try going for a jog or a brisk walk through the neighborhood. Bring a brush with you and stop periodically to run the brush through your dog’s coat. Your dog will look great when you get back home, and will still smell clean since she will never have had the opportunity to roll in unmentionables.

We want our pets to be perfect little housemates. It is important to keep in mind that they are not humans and have ideas and expectations that are far different than ours. Be patient with them since they are the ones that have to bend the most; and marvel at the fact that “little-wolves” and people can be best friends.

Getting Rid of Unwanted Smells

Does this sound familiar: After giving your dog a bath he or she immediately darts for the door and looks for something to roll around in (often grass or the dirtiest spot outside). Just because you think something smells wonderful doesn’t mean your dog will agree. Every dog is different so try out various grooming products (shampoos, perfumes, etc.) until you find a scent that you can both appreciate. If nothing works, you may have to settle on an odorless shampoo and no perfume.

Alleviating a Bad Itch

Your dog’s need for rolling in the grass may also be an indication of a health issue that is causing itching. This may include such issues as skin allergies or flea and tick bites. Have your dog examined by a veterinarian to identify the underlying cause and, if you haven’t already done so, begin your dog on a flea and tick preventive regimen.

Danger Of Dog Rolling in the Grass

It’s not the grass that is dangerous; it’s all the hidden stuff that’s in the grass which poses a risk. Some lawns are treated with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that may have active ingredients which are poisonous for dogs. Fleas and ticks, which can be disease carriers, are also often found year-round in grasses and wooded areas. Lastly, bacteria, viruses and parasites may be lurking in the grass or on the dirt. Be sure your dog is on a flea and tick preventive regimen and always stay up to date on his or her vaccines. If you sense something is wrong, don’t delay. Bring your dog to a veterinarian immediately.



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