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Scientists believe that rolling in strong smelling stuff, including feces and dead animals, gives predators a huge advantage: their scents are masked from the animals they are hunting. While most pet dogs do not hunt for their supper, their old, smell-loving instincts remain, and they are happy to roll in smelly stuff regardless of what their owners think.
Thanks RD That is a good link.. I have been reading it for twenty minutes! Interesting! Thanks!
Quote from: Karen W. on 13/06/2008 15:58:52Thanks RD That is a good link.. I have been reading it for twenty minutes! Interesting! Thanks!Here is some evidence to support the small-dogs-pee-as-high-as-possible hypothesis expounded on that dog behaviour site... ...sorry, you cannot view external links. To see them, please
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If your dog smells unpleasant without rolling in anything, it may be advisable to change its food
Also, dogs tend to find other smells 'pleasant' than we do, so some dogs ONLY roll in something we perceive as stinking and/or horrid when we bathed them using shampoo.(If your dog smells unpleasant without rolling in anything, it may be advisable to change its food, by the way)
As a firm believer in empirical study I will undertake to find some dirt and roll around in it !!....Ahhh....now seeing as I had my annual bath in February I will conduct the real research next year...............in the mean time I can see outside a very charismatic pile of dirt that is beckoning me with it's wicked dirty ways.................!!!!
he has sensitive skin so we avoid corn in his food he eats lamb and rice. but certain brands reak havok so we found some rather pricy stuff that makes him bless flatulent!
Answer:"Animal Wellness" is a magazine with a lot of ads for 'holistic' dog food, from frozen BARF to dry food and tinned food of high quality. "The Whole Dog Journal" apparently has a lot of reports on dog food (and as they don't do advertising, the reports are quite critical) The book "Foods Pets Die For" is apparently a good start. There are now (she says) a series of dried foods and tinned foods without corn / rice etc., but with fruits and veg instead. But it's a different question whether your dog would be ok with it and also most of the foods would have to be ordered and are not cheap. There is a dry food on the market without corn / wheat / rice and thelike which is fermented and very good and very expensive. My friend would take your dog to a 'holistic' vet because she reckons there's more to the sensitive skin and tummy than just difficulties with some foods. Maybe vaccinated too often or not enough enzymes (e.g. pancreas problems??), too many chemicals in house and/or garden etc. Was your dog often treated with antibiotics and/or cortisone and for how long each time etc etc.So - as usual no easy answer, sorry!