Corgi rolling around on his back

Why Do Dogs Roll Around in Smelly Stuff?

What’s better than a walk in the woods with your dog? It awakens all your senses. The gentle wind blows against your back. The brilliant blue sky is breathtaking to behold. You hear the steady sniffing sound of your pup’s nose as she investigates everything around her. It is all wonderful…that is, until she stops, drops and rolls. All of sudden, your sense of smell takes over, and it’s not a pleasant whiff. “Oh no, Lucy! Don’t roll in that! It stinks!”

It is a truth universally acknowledged by dog owners everywhere: dogs love smelly stuff. Discarded food, swampy water, mud, feces or dead animals – we can’t stand the smell or sight of it, but many dogs seek it out. Some dogs like to sniff it, roll in it, paw at it and sometimes pick it up and eat it. It’s one of the less pleasant parts of being a dog parent.

Why do dogs display this behavior? We’ve done a little digging ourselves to come up with some theories. We’ve also pulled together some tips on how to manage this behavior, potential dangers to look out for, and how best to clean up after a particular malodorous episode.
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dogs in all four seasons

In Case You Missed It: DogTails’ Most Popular Posts of 2014

Happy New Year, DogTails readers! 2014 was a busy year for us on the blog. We covered popular news stories about dogs, brought you training and health tips for every season, tackled some of the challenges of life with puppy, and (hopefully) made you laugh with photos and videos of dogs being dogs. 2015 looks to an even more exiting year for us at DogWatch, but before we get there, we wanted to review some of our favorite blog posts from the past year. Happy reading!
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Milo the Boxer from Winston-Salem, NC loves to dig.

Stop the Digging! Suggestions for your Digging Dog

Congratulations, you are the proud owner of a dog that digs. Whether your dog loves to cover herself in mud or mulch or dig grave-size holes in your backyard, we have some suggestions for you. Here are a few tips that we hope will help.
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Romeo the lab puppy from Columbus, Ohio

The Do’s and Don’ts of Potty Training Your Puppy

It is not a particularly pleasant experience to walk into a room to find that your puppy has had “an accident” in the middle of the floor. This is especially true for the first time puppy parents. And let’s face it, losing our temper and being angry is often our first reaction. What do you do? How do you train your dog to do his “business” outside? Before we answer those questions, here is a list of “Do’s” and “Do not’s” on how to help the process go a little smoother:
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