Dogs rely on scents for a lot of things; identifying members of their pack is one example. This is why many owners will notice that their dogs roll around on their clothes, beds, or towels as soon as they (the owners) have used/worn them. Some dogs will also run off to roll around in these items immediately after a bath. They will often do this for each human pack member, and even roll around on the toys of the other dogs in multi-dog environments. The same behavior may be exhibited with the spot the other dog(s) just left, or anything belonging to the other dog(s) with a scent on it. Purebredbreeders.com would like to point out that your pooch is merely ensuring that he or she retains your (or the pack’s) smell.
Why Your Scent Is Important
Your dog will “collect and file” the scent of every individual he or she meets. This scent will help your canine friend remember the individual as well as the feeling that he or she was left with after encounter. The scent will immediately trigger this feeling the next time your dog and the individual meet, which is why a dog that is afraid of someone will react the same way each time the two cross paths, unless the dog is resocialized to see the individual as a friend. As a loving owner, your pooch will treasure your scent the most.
The main reason behind this is the association between you and comfort. Your scent will remind your dog of your routines together, the love, affection, and everything good that normally comes from you. This is one of the reasons experts recommend that persons leave something with their scent behind whenever they travel for extended periods. The familiarity creates comfort and makes the experience far less distressful for the dog.
Avoid Confusing Your Pooch
Everything you use on your body will form a part of your scent. That means your perfume/cologne, bath soap, lotion, regular foods, cigarettes if you smoke, and even your regular hair products are all associated with you. Sudden or frequent changes can lead to confusion, making it harder for your dog to quickly identify you or your belongings. He or she will eventually do so, but you still want to avoid unnecessary confusion if possible. Purebredbreeders.com recommends keeping your scent as consistent as you can, especially since this makes finding your belongings much easier for the pooch.