Pedigree has a great article talking about theories behind this. Lots of stuff on instinct and per-domesticated behavior. My favorite theory is that they want their pack to know where they have been. This seems most likely since Bella thoroughly smells where I have been every time I come home. Her favorite is when I have been with dogs and other cats - but her investigation does not discriminate.
The article also states something that doesn't surprise me at all - that dogs generally do not find perfumed shampoos pleasant and that those scents are for their humans more than for them.
Add to the pile that Bella is also highly sensitive and allergic. She is even hypersensitive to flea and tick treatments in fact..another unfortunate discovery we made recently.
So how do we deal with this trifecta - smelly rolly polly + sensitive skin + distaste to perfumes?
I am so happy I found a solution...Pet Health Hypoallergenic Shampoo. According to the website, it does the following:
- Cleanses and polishes coat
- Moisturizes and conditions
- Non-irritating, non-stinging, even in the eyes
- pH balanced
- For normal, dry and sensitive skin
- Sulfate free
- Phosphate free
- Alcohol free
- Preservative free
- Paraben free
What does your dog LOVE to do that has a less than desirable result? ;-)
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