Have you ever taken your furry friend out for a winter walk when suddenly, for no apparent reason she decides to start rolling around in the snow?
It’s a common behavior, but it still makes you wonder why dogs do it? Is it just pure joy (a high possibility) or is there a deeper reason behind it?
It turns out there are a few reasons your good girl likes rolling in the snow. For some dogs it’s just fun, other dogs might roll in the snow to scent camouflage, to scratch an itch, because of training (huh?) or to explore something new.
Some of those reasons are probably self-explanatory, but others might require some explanation. Let’s take a deeper look.
It’s A Fun Thing To Do!
Simply put, rolling in the snow is just plain fun for your dog!
Dogs enjoy playing no matter the weather. And snow can be especially exciting because, for a lot of dogs, it’s a fun change.
Rolling in the snow can bring excitement with different than normal stimulations and sensations.
To Scratch An Itch
Have you ever noticed your dog rolling on her back to scratch an itch that she can’t quite reach? Well, it turns out that rolling in the snow might be her way of doing just that.
While this may not be the most effective method of relieving an itch, your dog is simply doing what she knows works best.
So, while it probably isn’t working, there is the possibility that your good girl might just be trying to scratch that hard-to-reach spot!
Your dog’s scent is more pronounced compared to the relatively odorless snow. Dogs have an instinct to blend in with their surroundings. This made it easier for their ancestors to stay hidden from predators and prey alike.
By rolling in the snow, your dog may be trying to mask her own scent, even if it’s just for a short while.
This instinctual behavior is a fun throwback to your dog’s ancestors.
You Trained Her To! (Say What?)
Believe it or not, you might have accidentally trained your dog to roll in the snow! Remember, dogs respond well to praise and reinforcement, so if you’ve ever praised, or given pets or treats when she rolled in the snow, she may now associate it with receiving positive attention.
While it probably wasn’t intentional, it could be a big reason for her love of snowy rolls.
Discovering Something Completely Different
If your dog hasn’t had much experience with snow, or you live in an area where it doesn’t snow very often, then for your dog, seeing snow might be quite a sight!
Dogs love to explore new things, and the snow is no exception. The unique texture and cold sensation of the snow could easily pique a dog’s curiosity, especially during her first encounter.
This new experience can be thrilling for her, so don’t be surprised if she can’t get enough of rolling around in that white and fluffy wonderful stuff.
Is It Okay For Dogs To Roll In Snow?
Absolutely! As long as your pooch is in a safe area, away from roads and potential hazards like frozen ponds, it’s perfectly fine. Just be prepared for a wet dog afterward!
Your pup is likely having a blast while frolicking in the fluffy white snow!
Remember to not let your dog get too cold and make sure she has access to a warm shelter to retreat to when she’s had enough.
Also, it might be a good idea to occasionally check her paws for snow and ice build-up which can cause issues if your dog walks or runs on them.
Enjoy the winter wonderland with your good girl!
How Do I Get My Dog To Quit Rolling In The Snow?
If you’re wondering how to stop your dog from rolling in the snow, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
The most effective method is to consistently use basic commands that your good girl already knows, such as saying ‘no.’ The key word is ‘consistently’.
It might take quite a few times for your dog to understand that you never want her to roll in the snow, not just this once.
Another option is that you can train your dog to understand a new command specifically for this.
Remember, it’s important to focus on positive reinforcement rather than punishment. You’ll see quicker and more effective progress!
So, get ready to enjoy snow-filled outings with your dog while avoiding the rolling escapades.
Summary And Conclusion: Why Do Dogs Roll In The Snow?
As you can see, there are a few reasons why your dog may be rolling in the snow. It could simply be that she finds it fun or she is trying to scent camouflage herself. She might also roll around in an effort to scratch an itch or just explore something new and exciting. Or you could have even mistakenly trained your dog to do it!
While it’s probably okay for your pup to enjoy this activity, you can use basic commands such as ‘no’ or train her a specific command if you need to get her to stop rolling in the snow.
Allowing your good girl some time outside during winter months can provide lots of mental stimulation and physical exercise. Just make sure she’s safe from potential hazards like frozen ponds!
And enjoy watching (or joining!) your furry friend on all of their snowy adventures!