Why Do Dogs Like To Roll In The Snow?
Snow Is Fun
Fresh snow isn’t all the time and it is fun. Not only can they manipulate and move the lighter snow around, but heavier snow provides more opportunities for exercise. Plus, unlike dirt, dogs can easily submerge themselves into deep snow without the consequence of needing a bath later. All of these factors together make rolling in the snow a fun and exciting activity for your chilly canine!
Cold environments, especially snowy ones, alter your dog’s ability to track a range of scents. When the air is very cold, scent molecules are only able to travel a shorter distance because they freeze. If your dog is unable to smell the scents that were previously in your yard, they make take it upon themselves to investigate further, or to roll in the snow to re-establish their scent in your home.
While it’s not entirely clear why dogs participate in scent rolling, some researchers suggest that there is an instinctive aspect of the behavior. Wolves roll in scents to bring information back to their pack. By rolling on a decaying carcass or fresh meat, a wolf can tell their family about what they found. In theory, this behavior makes it easier for wolves to find an abandoned kill.
Relief from Itch
Every dog has been there trying to scratch an impossible-to-reach itch. Once the snow arrives, your dog doesn’t have to look far for relief! Not only can the freezing temperature of snow provide instant relief from an itch, but the texture of hard snow and ice can do wonders for scratching that persistent itch too. Even before the snow comes, your dog will enjoy rolling on cool, icy concrete to scratch an itch. If you find that your dog frequently needs to scratch against the snow, consider asking your vet for advice. Dogs who scratch frequently may be suffering from external parasites such as fleas or lice.
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