Why Dogs Roll in Dead Animals and More

Rolling masks a dog's scent to sneak up on prey. It's instinctual hunting behavior.

Scent Disguise  

Rolling gathers scent data about other animals in the area. Dogs explore with their nose.

Scent Information   

Rolling spreads a dog's own scent for territorial marking purposes.

Territorial Marking

Dogs simply enjoy a good roll in something stinky. It can be fun investigation.

Feels Good

Dogs seek entertainment through adventure. Rolling is exciting exploration.


Some dogs learn rolling gets a big reaction. Any attention, even negative, is rewarding.

Attention Seeking  

Redirect and reward with treats before rolling. Practice "leave it" command.

 Curb the Behavior  

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