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Dog is a Crotch Sniffer – Pet tip 245

Most dog owners are aware that dog noses are extremely sensitive. This is due to the quantity of olfactory or ‘smell’ receptors in a dog’s nose. Whereas humans have around five million olfactory receptors, dogs have two hundred and twenty million. This makes their noses exponentially more sensitive than a human’s. Most times a dog’s sensitive nose works to our benefit. All kinds of dogs are used as service dogs to help humans find missing people, sniff out explosives, drugs etc. They can smell people coming from quite a distance and alert us to their presence. There are some embarrassing occasions however, when a dog’s nose is just too sensitive from our human perspective. Most notably this occurs when dogs try to sniff humans in their private areas.

This behaviour is a common one in dogs and equally common is the fact that it upsets most dog owners. The reason some dogs sniff at a human’s private parts is the same reason they sniff the private parts of other dogs. We know that when they smell other dogs in this way they can tell the sex, rank (is the dog more dominant or submissive) age and other information about the dog.

Gene Ann Kurfess
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PA, United States
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Date of Death
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Black/Tan Tabby
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I had owned Snotface's mother, and when I found out that she was pregnant I was so excited about the idea of expanding my family with the coming kittens.  Snotface was the first kitten born, and he got his name from my ex-sister-in-law.  She was only 9 years old and we watched the kittens be born together, so when the first kitten came out she said "Eww it's got snot all over it's face."  So from then on she called him "Snotface", I tried several times to change his name to Ty but she insisted that his name was "Snotface" so she began calling him "Snotty" for short.  I ended up giving his mother and the other 4 kittens back to my friend that I had gotten her from when she got a bigger home and was able to give them all the room they needed to run and play.  But Snotty was mine, he was my baby and my pride and joy. 

I felt so much pride in him it was as if he was a child that I had carried and given birth to.  When he was about 6 months old he got really sick, he quit eating for a few days and he wasn't making it to the litter box before he had to go.  I took him to the vet and found out he had a urinary tract infection and had I waited much longer to get him to the vet he would have died.  From then on I had to feed him special food and keep him on constant watch for any signs of another infection.  Which I didn't have any more problems with because of the food he had to eat.  In July of 2002 that string of good luck came to an end, he began to eat less and he was not making it to the litter box and he was walking funny on his hind legs, so I took him to the vet and after the blood test results came back I was told he was having "Renal Failure".  His kidneys were shutting down and there wasn't much they could do for him, so I had to make the hardest decision of my life to put him to sleep.  I miss him so much it still hurts to think about what I had to decide that July 14, only 4 months from his 7th birthday.  But I know that I couldn't let him suffer any longer and he is much happier now. 

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