How to Stop Dogs From Rolling in Manure

While manure may be a foul, disgusting thing to humans, our canine companions consider it a great delicacy. They love to sniff, nibble and roll in the offensive output, dragging the unpleasant fragrance throughout your home. Stop your furry friend from playing in the poop before it becomes a problem.


Tip #1 - Scoop up manure before your dog has a chance to roll in it. While it may seem a little labor intensive, cleaning up the yard before your pooch spies the poop is much simpler than bathing him later.

Tip #2 - Leash your dog to cut down on his rolling misadventures. Buckle a collar around his neck and clip a long leash to the ring on his collar. Walk the dog around the yard as he does his business, and turn him loose when you get back in the house.

Tip #3 - Set up an exercise pen in a manure-free part of your yard. Scout out a flat, even patch of land, free of manure piles. Erect the pen and stake it down to prevent the dog from knocking it over. Exercise pens are lightweight and a temporary fencing situation, so watch the dog carefully while he is in the pen to prevent an escape.

Tip #4 - Teach the dog a "leave it" command to stop him if he gets too close to a pile of manure. Put him on a leash and walk him near the pile of manure. Let him sniff the pile, but call his name and take a few steps back before he starts to roll. Offer him a tasty treat as soon as he turns his attention away from the manure. Repeat this exercise, telling him to "leave it" when he gets too close, and reward him the instant he moves away from the pile. Once he is consistently following the command, remove the leash and practice the "leave it" until he eagerly ignores the manure in favor of a treat.

Important: Never punish your dog for rolling in manure. He's only following his natural instincts to roll in smelly things and will not understand why he is in trouble.

By Louise Lawson

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Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.