Why dogs like to roll in shit and carcasses?

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Syzygys, Oct 17, 2006.

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  1. Varda The Bug Lady Valued Senior Member

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    i dont know if this has been said before in this thread, but i would just like to comment that regardless of the reasons why dog roll on carcasses and shit, they invariably do, and that is absolutely disgusting and retarded. not to mention that a day after you showered them, even if you leave them inside, they start to stink again like magic. and of course, to crown it, they eat shit. and they love it. bird shit is a specially desired little treat it seems... and then they come drool on you, lick your hands, try to lick your face

    gross

    they are cute alright, they do cute things sometimes, but why anyone would want a dog as a pet is beyond me
     
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  3. francois Schwat? Registered Senior Member

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    You are right, Varda. Dogs are poopy animals.
     
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  5. valich Registered Senior Member

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    This is a scientific research forum, not a forum dedicated to senseless and silly human anthropomorphic criticism about canidae behavior that apparently you have no understanding of and little regard for.
     
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  7. francois Schwat? Registered Senior Member

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    By "poopy" I meant that they are animals that like to roll in and eat poop. Probably for excellent reasons. You know. As a way for communicating and conveying social hierarchy among the pack. Is there something unscientific about that? Maybe you ought not be so quick and judgmental to say who has no understanding of what. You big poopy head.
     
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  11. Varda The Bug Lady Valued Senior Member

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    my post wwas meant as a side COMMENT, unrelated to the discussion, but related to the subject, and my criticism is not towards the habits of the dogs, but to people who bring them into their homes.

    you don't have to take on me your frustration for being owned all over this thread you know?... this is just a discussion board after all, your career isn't over... don't get sweaty tits over it
     
  12. francois Schwat? Registered Senior Member

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    lol... valich, it could all stop, if only you stopped with the pretense.
     
  13. macswan69 Registered Member

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    rolling in shit

    I have two basset hounds. I have found that when i put flea drops on them the male will roll in other dogs shit. much to the dismay of my husband.
    I therefore think he does it to mask the smell of the drops. he is picky about the shit he rolls in. the fresher the better and it has to be a bigger dogs poo too. hope this helps
     
  14. Johnnycake Registered Member

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    My 2 cents

    All I can contribute, is that my dog smiles from ear to ear when rolling in anything dead. He seems to relish every moment of it, as if savoring the very stench that invokes near vomiting from me. And then he climbs onto my lap, and tries to share it with me (from the kindness of his heart). I'm no scientist, but I think they love the smells of these things, and want to wear it proudly. the way people flaunt fine perfumes. My dog (Frank) absolutely hates it when I put something good smelling on him. They like different odors than we do, because different things excite them. We don't go around sniffing other peoples asses, because; 1) it just isn't acceptable in MOST circles. 2) we don't have the olfactory for it. Dogs can be likened to teenagers though, in the fact that if they like a smell, they drench themselves in it. I've never had a dog that stealthily hunts. They chase! And they make a lot of noise doing it, so I don't buy the evolutionary 'sneaky hunter' argument.
     
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    Dogs roll in shit and carcasses for the same reason that lions roll in shit and carcasses. They do this in order to disguise their scent, so their prey will not be able to detect them as easily.
     
  16. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    My dog does not do this.
     
  17. WillNever Valued Senior Member

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    I know. I've owned dogs all my life... and never has one of them eaten shit or rolled around in shit.

    They've killed animals... but they don't roll on them. They just keep them close by. While I'm sure some of that stuff has happened, once on a very seldom basis, I still wonder if the people who post this stuff have ever actually owned any dogs.
     
  18. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    You know shit. I know dozens of dogs by name because I go to a dogpark twice a day. Most of them if there is a fresh kill roll in it like crazy. Small dog, big dog, all kind. I cleaned up dear, owl, fox and racoon carcasses in the last 3 years.(somebody had to do it)

    My new theory is that they might want to claim it this way.

    Try to socialize your dogs and take them out occasionally. They would love it...

    P.S.: Dearshit is also a favorite rolling material....
     
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