Washing Dogs - Why do they get dirty again so quickly?

How many times have I heard someone say "Whenever I wash my dog he goes straight out and rolls in the garden and makes himself all dirty again." What about the time when it has been raining and you now take the dog for a walk. What does he do? He aims for a real muddy puddle and rolls in it. How often do I hear folk chastising their dogs for doing this, but surely we should ask why?

When a dog is washed, we really do wash away his identity. This can cause a dog stress, he does not feel good or indeed natural. He rolls to try to get his identity back. Dogs have many underlying instincts and we must not forget they are hunters by nature.

You are on a walk and a horror occurs: your dog rolls in dung!

Keep in mind you may have shampooed him, or washed him recently and this is his reaction to it. He does this because his old instinct tells him that to get close to a herd or cattle for the kill, it is better to smell like the herd. This way he can get really close.

David the Dogman

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