Lizzie loves to explore her surroundings, which can be worrisome for you as her owner. You may be wondering if your Lizzie knows the difference between poisonous things and safe things. Yet, now that Lizzie has discovered snow, you may not need to worry too much about her wild explorations, especially since she won't be going farther than your backyard. In fact, Lizzie is so intrigued with the small patches of snow in your backyard that she doesn’t even know what to do with it! In fact, Golden Retrievers like Lizzie have large amounts of curiously that carry them through their explorations and they are playful animals. Yet, why do Golden Retrievers love to roll around in the snow?
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The Root of the Behavior
Snow does not seem like it is anything exciting to you because it is just snow and it's cold and you have to shovel it. Yet, to your dog Lizzie, snow is extremely intriguing. Snow has a fluffy texture that is new to dogs. It is soft, cold, and powder-like and Lizzie may love to roll around in it because it is unfamiliar. In fact, this change alters the landscape, the air, and the temperature, which can be quite exciting for Lizzie's daily adventures. When dogs explore their environment, they use their scenting skills and their sense of touch to figure out what material is surrounding them. Therefore, your dog may first sniff and step carefully in the snow to discover safety in the texture. Then, she may proceed to roll around in it to embrace her new discovery. Dogs would use this scenting technique in past times when they would hunt their prey. The snow was helpful for dogs during their hunt because of its fluffy texture.
Today, when dogs roll around in the snow, it has a bit of a different meaning. In fact, this roll-around behavior is for exploration, but more importantly, it is for enjoyment. Dogs like Lizzie absolutely love to play and snow is a substance that seems like it was made for play. You may notice your dog loves to jump around, roll around, and even dig in the snow when they see it. Some breeds stray away from snow and choose to play in other ways, but Golden Retrievers have thicker coats and high energy levels. Golden Retrievers are playful animals that love to focus their attention on fun adventures, whether that be inside or outside. It may be why they love the texture of snow so much because the cold embrace feels amazing on their body and it gives them a chance to play. If you have a Golden Retriever, it may be hard to get them inside after you expose them to snow because they know they have just hit the jackpot of playgrounds to play in.