Rolling

by Ann
(Smyrna, DE)

Why do they roll onto their backs (all the time).

Thanks.

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It depends on the dog. I'm not sure they all roll all the time.

They may be showing contentment and happiness.

Rolling on a smelly object is a natural and normal action for a dog. It's instinctual, to disguise their scent, from their ancestors to survive in the wild.

Just for pleasure like rolling on an object because they like the feel.

Or, they may be itchy and uncomfortable. Check the skin and fur carefully for anything that may be irritating them.

Make sure to feed a species-appropriate diet. Kibble is full of carbs so the immune system has to work overtime to process it. Keep meds to a minimum.

Here is information from Dog Naturally.

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Dogs roll. Some more than others. It depends on the dog, and why they are rolling.

They could just be happy and content. They may even roll on a toy they love.

There may be a smelly scent. It is instinctual when their ancestors had to survive in the wild. They get smelly to keep predators away. Or, they don't like the smell of a shampoo for example.

They may be itchy and uncomfortable. If they are rubbing against a hard object, floor or bed, he is probably trying to deal with an annoyance. Check the skin and fur for any irritations. It's usually immune related.

Make sure to be feeding a species-appropriate diet. Kibble is full of carbs that creates an issue for their immune system. Keep any meds to a minimum.

Here is information from Dr. Will Falconer on itchy skin if that is the case.

And, information from Dogs Naturally.

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