There are behaviors that pets perform instinctively, and yet they ‘twitch’ the patience of their owners. One of them is when dogs roll in places that precisely do not stand out for their neatness.
Sometimes, washing our animals can become an arduous task, and it is not only cats that show the known rejection of water. In fact, many dogs, and even smaller ones, often live the bathroom as a traumatic experience.
However, what really frustrates the attitude of the owners, is to see how their dogs wallow after the bathroom, to detract from the work done.
That dogs tend to roll in less hygienic places may be due to several reasons, but when this occurs after bathing, the most obvious reason is the attempt to recover their body odor.
Unlike humans, who usually bet on all kinds of body gels, perfumes, and even softeners for washing clothes with intense odors, animals prefer their own smell. Thus, when they are wrapped in a scent that they do not identify as theirs, they tend to batter on their own mat, carpets, or even on the grass.
The sense of smell stands out as one of the most potent among dogs, especially in the case of males, who continually make sure to mark territory with their urine. The reasons for this behavior are basically two: mark their dominance with respect to other males and attract the attention of females.
It should also be noted that as soon as they finish cleaning and being dried with a towel, dogs tend to shake several times, and even run interrupted by the aforementioned jumps. This very active attitude is due to its need to balance its body temperature since with exceptions or in the case of a specialized center, domestic showers usually end up with partial drying.
How to mitigate these post-shower behaviors?
- One way to reduce our dog’s activity after bathing is to ‘tire’ him first. Thus, if we take a long walk before washing, it will tend to run less.
- Restrict your access to unwanted places (terraces, gardens, carpets) momentarily. In this way, our pet will be less exposed to getting dirty in the moments that it feels almost necessary to do so.
- Use special pet gels. Normally, brands specializing in animal hygiene use more neutral aromas, in addition to pH, according to their skin.
- Deep drying. If the animal feels moisture, it will need to run to remove it. Therefore, and especially in the case of small dogs that are more ‘manageable,’ it is convenient to insist on this last step.
- Reward relaxed attitudes. Since the bathroom is usually a cause of tensions between owners and pets, proper behavior during and after the bath must be recognized.
Common places where dogs rollover
In addition to the aforementioned carpets, mats or gardens, dogs feel a special predilection for the dirtiest environments when scrubbing:
- Feces of other animals. Dogs can roll over them to catch their scent and go unnoticed against possible prey. Therefore, it is necessary that, in addition to avoiding dirty areas, it helps to keep public use areas clean.
- Dead animals. Although it is not usually a usual practice unless we are in the field, where the presence of corpses can be greater, it also helps them to go unnoticed before possible prey. All this is related to its hunting origin.