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    Why do they rub their faces on things?

    My puppy has moved on from his cat poo fetish and now likes earthworms instead. I have no idea how he keeps finding them, but at least once or twice a day he has an earthworm in his mouth.

    He will take it to his favourite spot and chew it and then rub his face and whole body on it. It's disgusting, but with the amount of enjoyment he gets from it I don't have the heart to take them off him.

    Just wondering what the purpose of rubbing in it is?

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    Pepper does that with rabbit poop. Its disgusting.

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    I've read it's scent masking - an instinctive behavior to rub themselves in the scent of their prey or something of that nature (to hide the fact they smell like dogs). It may have been just any strong scent, which would explain why they like corpse and poo.

    Luckily, Wally has never done this for some reason. I'm starting to wonder again if he's a dog or a catdog.

    He'll rub his face on the floor sometimes after eating, but never in his food or stinking stuff.

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    "You look nice, Ginger, and whatever you rolled in sure does stink". . .

    There's no accounting for tastes. Dogs probably think our body scents (cologne, deodorant, body wash, etc.) smell terrible.
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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    Interesting

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    "You look nice, Ginger, and whatever you rolled in sure does stink". . .

    There's no accounting for tastes. Dogs probably think our body scents (cologne, deodorant, body wash, etc.) smell terrible.
    Unless they think it might taste good, then they are trying lick it off.

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    Quote Originally Posted by KBLover View Post
    I've read it's scent masking - an instinctive behavior to rub themselves in the scent of their prey or something of that nature (to hide the fact they smell like dogs). It may have been just any strong scent, which would explain why they like corpse and poo.

    Luckily, Wally has never done this for some reason. I'm starting to wonder again if he's a dog or a catdog.

    He'll rub his face on the floor sometimes after eating, but never in his food or stinking stuff.
    You mean like this kind of catdog?

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    Quote Originally Posted by Active Dog View Post
    You mean like this kind of catdog?
    LOL

    Maybe that's not far off - at least in his mindset

    Dog half: OOOOH stinky stuff - that would be perfect!
    Cat half: There's NO WAY that's happening! None! So forget it.

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    Re: Why do they rub their faces on things?

    yup...Our Chloe does this with many things, my pants I've worn that day (not my underwear, I know to hide those), the side of the bed where I sleep, my towel, my hair towel, any spot in the yard that is appealing. The only bad part is she really gets in to it and had conjunctivitis a few times now. I'm used to the rolling in things but our nemisis is the elk & deep poop left ALL OVER our 2.5 acres. ew. Skyler just throws his whole body in to it and not near as often as Chloe. We know that as soon as he does a flip on to his side and rolls as if he found gold we know there is elk or deer poop, he often will roll sideways, grab a snack and continue to roll. EW EW EW.
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