MOST dog owners will tell you that their pets engage in some pretty eccentric behaviour from time to time.
But why do dogs roll around in fox poo? Here's all you need to know.
Why do dogs roll in fox poo?
The idea of rolling around in poo is a pretty grim prospect for humans, but dogs seem to love it.
But why do our pets do it?
At present, there isn't a clear explanation for why your pooch might be drawn to this odd habit.
It may simply be that they're drawn to the pungent scent.
The theory that's most popular is that it's an instinct that remains from dogs' evolutionary past as wild hunting animals.
It's thought that, like wolves, dogs are drawn to roll in fox excrement as a way of hiding their scent.
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It would also allow them to smell like the creature they're hunting, giving them an advantage while waiting to pounce.
Both dogs and wolves have also been known to roll on dead animals, which may be a way of taking on the smell of a less dangerous animal, making it easier to approach their next meal.
There are various theories, but more research is needed to explain exactly why they do it.
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What to do when your dog rolls in dog poo
It's fairly typical for dogs to make themselves unbelievably messy, especially just after you've washed them(!), and if it does happen you'll need to brush and shampoo them thoroughly.
First, get some gloves and use them to wipe off the stain while you're washing them.
You could also try adding a small amount of citrus to the water you're washing them in, which will help break down the grease.
You'll need to give the shampoo at least 10 minutes to do its work, before rinsing thoroughly at the end.
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How to stop your dog from rolling in dog poo
There are things you can do to reduce the risk of your dog scampering happily into the house covered in poo.
Firstly, if you've got a garden, be vigilant and clean up any poo left out there.
This is less of an issue if your dog is properly toilet-trained, and knows the appropriate place to do its business.
It's also important to understand their behaviour and spot movements they make just before they race towards the enticing smell.
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By doing so you'll be able to bring them under control before they have a chance to.
Dog commands are more challenging to master, but over time as with any other trick, you'll be able to train them to stay and resist the temptation.
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