The shocking truth about dogs, why they get dirty !
WHY DOGS LOVE ROLLING IN SMELLY STUFFAgain, as a dog walker I don't advocate dogs doing this in my dog pack - because I am not their owner. But on occasion dogs do get away from the pack find that stink and roll in it.
A lot of people think that this is just bad behaviour, or that they are doing something against them because they don't like being controlled. I don't tell everyone that its not always about them, but in this case it isn't that reason.
Long ago as wolves, dogs learned that if they could track prey by smell, they could also be given away to prey by their own smell. Hence the delight that many dogs get in rolling in stinky stuff that is not their scent, so they can full all future prey targets and creep up on them to catch them.
As far as water goes, ever dog is different. Even water dogs (a class of retriever based on retrieving mostly bird game in swamps) will not always like water unless they have been sufficiently exposed in a fun way when they are young. That said, on a hot day, most dogs at least enjoy immersing their feet in water, even if it is black muddy water, so that they can cool off. A dogs paw pads are one of the few areas on their bodies that they can sweat and gain over-heating relief, so being able to cool these pads does make them feel much cooler.
The ironic thing is that I can bring a whole pack back from the beach where they have immersed themselves completely in water, or at least halfway up their body, but the are completely against the idea of getting back on clean water at home.
I can't but think that they know precisely the intention of you wanting to wash their stinky coat clean, and they just want to keep it for as long as they can, because you know, the prey stuff !