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Odd behavior: does your shiba like rubbing him/herself in poop?
  • Post edited by seastar135 at 2013-03-02 19:51:24
  • LosechLosech
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    This is in no way odd. it's a natural canid behavior. It could be a way of bringing interesting scents home for the rest of the family to investigate (as wolves do) or maybe the dog just likes the smell of whatever they're rollin in. There may be other reasons but i can't remember.

    Anywho, I don't really know how to stop it other than catching the dog in the act and redirecting them to something else. A treat, or toy, or whatever works to get their attention off rolling in nasty stuff.
  • @Losech, Interesting! I never thought of it that way, but it would make sense. I'll try that next time. :)
  • LaurenLauren
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    Ugh. Honey does this too.

    Went over to my parents' for Xmas eve/day. Got both of them all prettied up, bath/nails/etc. She was fine Xmas eve, but then we went back over the next day and she went out in their backyard and I must have missed it on my quick sweep through, but she found some droppings from a raccoon or cat, who knows... but managed to smear it all over the side of her face before I was able to run over and stop her. Had to pick her up, hold her away from me, and walk through everyone to go take her upstairs to bath her down... Classy.
  • curlytailscurlytails
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    Post edited by curlytails at 2013-03-02 22:43:00
  • Oh yeah. Deer musk especially. There's no warning either. He just flings himself down in it.
  • Kobe1468Kobe1468
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  • SayaSaya
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  • My Dals used to like to roll in dead salmon that had washed up along our local river.
    Oh fun!
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  • Dead slugs too. Those are the best!
  • DebDeb
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    shit-nell number 5, the doggie version
  • @Deb, that is creative!! I love it! Hahah.

    Dogs are the silliest. :) Endless ball of fun.
  • DebDeb
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    @seastar135, Thanks! I never met a dog that wouldn't at some point " splash a little on" and the horse buns are always a fav.
  • RyanRyan
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  • DaghainDaghain
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    Mine tries to EAT the poop she finds, even her own on occasion. I really have to watch where she is sniffing. I blame the fact that she was a puppy mill dog. Luckily she's on a leash and I can stop her if I see it coming. But the first time she did it I didn't see it coming...GROSS!
  • So glad to see my shiba is not alone. Apparently, She found her first roll in dung in central park's grass so great and 'helpful' in her attempted hunts for squirrels that once she tried to roll in dung on the cement sidewalk right before we got to the park entrance. It's quite embarrassing walking down fifth ave smelling like dung but she wears it proudly! Lol. Now I watch her like a hawk when she starts sniffing like crazy in one spot.
  • amtiamti
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    Mine likes to eat the chicken poop so he can no longer go where the chickens roam. Kaji has ever laid in poop, but he has lovingly rubbed himself stinky with a forgotten Easter egg and a dead frog (different times). We don't travel roads with horse or cow manure, but I can see how that would be very tempting for a dog!
  • MamaYokoMamaYoko
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    My shiba Yoko, for about a month, was OBSESSED with rolling in dead baby birds! It was seriously more awful smelling than poop, in my opinion. She did that twice in one week. Other times, it was dirt. Yoko is typically very clean, but when it comes to rolling in smelly things, cleanliness goes out the window. Our new shiba Sienna has been rolling in my dirty clothes...she loves to "help me" when I sort through laundry. From what I have heard, rolling in smelly things is how shibas mask their scent, or something. I have no idea what it means, but that's what I've been told.
  • glitchglitch
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  • JuniJuni
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  • SayaSaya
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  • micomico
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    We discovered a fox had pooed in our garden when Suki went out for her bedtime wee and came in covered in the revolting stuff. Bathing a dog then cleaning the bathroom after 11pm is not fun when you're up for work at 6am.
  • Kira_KiraKira_Kira
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  • I find it funny that mine have to roll on dried up dead worms. Do they even have a scent? I guess something that only they can smell. But I'll take rolling on dead worms over rolling in poop any day.
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    Back from the dead... Sorry.

    My Lotus has done this twice. Once into poop and today into a dead caterpillar/plant. When I tried to stop her she did it again. Nose/body slam into the ground. So odd, but at least I'm not alone!
  • Kobe1468Kobe1468
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  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    My Quake likes to roll around in bird poop!

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