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Olafactory Affinity Between Dogs and Earthworms

 
 
CDobyns
 
Reply Mon 7 Jan, 2008 12:38 pm
Okay, I'm pretty sure this isn't new news, but I've noticed that when our terrier/pappilon mix is outdoors and she finds the smallest remnant of a dead and dessicated earthworm - she just loves to roll and rub as much of her face and body on the earthworm remains as is possible. This is quite perplexing, since usually the remains of the earthworm on the sidewalk is usually more sidewalk concrete, than it still is anything resembling an earthworm.

I'm pretty in-tune with some of the innate behaviors of dogs and where those originate from, but the origins of this apparently compelling, innate behavior escapes me. Any insights?
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Reply Mon 7 Jan, 2008 12:56 pm
Many terrier and terrier crosses will smear themselves with material they find smelly. I have seen lurchers (terrier/greyhound cross) roll in fox droppings in the way you describe. I think it is to hide their scent so they can stalk prey such as foxes or rabbits more effectively, but I'm not sure.
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