Eau de Fox Poo - What's all the stink about?
OMG he's done it again!
If you own a dog then more than likely your gorgeous little bundle of fur has at some point dipped their shoulder and then rolled and wriggled and rolled some more only to come up looking very pleased with themselves and stinking of “eau de fox poo”. I swear the smell can survive numerous baths, brushings and sprays and it’s a smell like no other! More than likely your dog will roll around in some more just after being groomed or bathed and I expect if you have a dog that rolls often you will be wondering a) why they do it and b) what steps you can take to stop the behaviour and get rid of the stench!
Why does my dog like to smell of poo or dead things?
Of course it’s not always poo that your dog will roll in, sometimes it is rotting rabbit, squashed toad……but why on earth do they want to smell so bad, rubbing the delightful scent deep into their collar and behind their ears? The answer is historic, it is an instinct from the past where dogs were predatory and needed to disguise their scent whilst stalking prey. You can see how the smell of a rotting animal or poo would have confused potential prey and allowed a dog to get much closer than if they just smelt of wet dog.
What can I do about my dog rolling?
Not a great deal unfortunately. Once a dog has found a delicious smell to roll in it usually only takes a second or two for them to roll, but we can learn to read the signs of when a roll is imminent. First some serious sniffing and then the tell-tale drop of the shoulder. It is usually the collar and behind the ears that are the worst affected but if you intervene too late it can be the back too. My advice is to look out for the signs, recall the dog and put it on the lead until you have walked downwind from the smell. Really strong recall will be required because this is after all instinctual behaviour.
How can I get rid of the awful smell?
You have a couple of choices; you could wait for the affected area to dry and then brush it out, you could rub them with ketchup and then bath them with a specialised dog shampoo. There are special sprays and wipes that you could slip in your pocket or car in case of emergencies.
Alternatively always carry a clothes peg.
Michelle Brown for Tail Chasers 2017