Hello GSP Fans,
In May I adopted a GSP from the local animal control shelter. I was not familiar with GSP's then - I thought she was a chocolate lab. The shelter listed her as a lab too. I didn't think she looked like one so I was looking at dog breed books and internet sites and have come to the conclusion that she is a GSP. She's an amazing dog. She is almost solid liver colored with a big white patch on her chest and some white on her toes. A couple toenails are white/clear with the rest being black.
Anyway, luckily I live in a rural area in the NC mountains and own a good amount of land that she can run around on. She takes my other dog (also a dog shelter rescued guy but not a GSP) on long expaditions. Many times Terra (my GSP) comes back having rubbed her neck or front shoulders in something nasty. It doesn't appear to be feces but isn't much better.
Any ideas on how to "train" her not to do this? She seems to know that she shouldn't have done this as she stays away from me when I act like I'm going to be giving her a bath for this. Neither does she seem to want to come in the house when she is stinky.
I can't believe I didn't know about GSP's prior to adopting Terra. They are amazing. She had heartworms when I got her. She is over them now. It was challenging keeping her calm for 2 months. All the vet personel thinks she is great. She's great with my niece and nephew (8 & 9) and gets along good with my other dog although she has to be the center of attention. My other dog gets stealth attention when she isn't around or looking.
First of all, Congrats on owning the best breed ever! If there is a way to keep these dogs from rolling in "sstinky things" it evades me. Mine roll on mice and snakes they've killed. The worst mine have done is roll in bear droppings. I have 5 of them and when my 4 white & Liver dogs came back up to the house and were brown and red (from Berries the bear ate) Man you want to talk about stink. I had to wash them a few times to get them smelling good again. I think it's just something they do. Good Luck.
Try cow poop.